Old Miami Arena now fenced!

I drive by the old Miami Arena on the way to work. For the last year I have noticed how it is falling more and more into disrepair. The homeless population had invaded the nooks and crannies of the building. Trash was filling the areas near the box office. The landscaping was neglected, palm frawns littered the side walk. It is sad. I remember way back when Glen Staub bought the Arena from the city. He told us that he and his family “banked land.” Little did we know that he had the means to bank the Arena for so long.  It is an eyesore and now a wire fence has been strung around the shuttered building giving it more of a abandoned look. It is certainly a stark reminder that all is not well with downtown development. I am sure that if the real estate market was healthy the Arena would have long ago been sold again and probably sent the way of the Orange Bowl, demolished.

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