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Miami Herald Home Sold: Time for the Kids to Go to College

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The McClatchy Co. announced this morning that it has sold one of Miami's most iconic buildings to a Malaysian resort and gambling company.

The company's chairman, Gary Pruitt, said it was no longer the era for a newspaper to be located on the bay. That says something about daily newspapers.

The good news: Herald reporters get to stay in 1 Herald Plaza for two years rent-free.

The bad news: They are going to knock down the building where I and thousands of Miamians worked for years. This must be what it feels like when your parents sell the house and tell you it's time to move out.

Scratch that: That's EXACTLY what it feels like.

The price: $236 million.

The buyer: Genting Malysia Berhad, or actually a subsidiary of that company.

News has been reported from that building for years. It was Herald founder John S. Knight's pride and headquarters of one of the nation's largest newspaper companies, Knight-Ridder, for years.

People hid under desks there when Hurricane Andrew went through in 1992. They held up there when riots burned down the town in the 1980s and 1990s. Then there was that unfortunate incident involving my onetime source, former Miami commissioner Arthur Teele.

I'll miss 1 Herald Plaza. I spent a chunk of my life there. And I am not alone.

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10 comments
Gambling corrupts
Gambling corrupts

Great, gambling. Another vice to take money from poor people.

Illegal gambling
Illegal gambling

Gambling? Great, another vice to take money from all the elderly Cubans.

Billboards are ugly
Billboards are ugly

Billboards and mural ads on everything, Miami is looking like trash.

Death to billboards
Death to billboards

Hopefully the proposed 50 story LED billboards will be dead and buried. What a sick disgusting scam.

Jennie
Jennie

They should have made it a museum and named it "Remember Reading?"

Abb
Abb

Of course you'll miss the building, Strouse.  Must remind you of the days that you were a real journalist working for a real publication

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Miami's history is practically gone anyways. Gentrification has completely taken over that place. What more do these "developers" want? Money? Is that it? More money so they can snort more coke.

Iuzzolth
Iuzzolth

No one takes their money, they are donating it to currupt politicians who run for mayoral and county commission seats

anon_e_m00se
anon_e_m00se

In all reality the MNT has better investigative reporting and more intriguing articles than the Herald. People at the Herald are satisfied with doing Google searches instead of investigating and waiting for the stories to fall into their laps... sad state of affairs.

NoTimeToHate
NoTimeToHate

quite unnecessary.  also the New Times seems to be racking up awards, so misleading as well.

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