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Miami Driving Tour Down I-95 (Video)

June 24, 2010 By Gus in Miami: Travel NewsMiami: Things to Do  | 3 Comments

Are you visiting Miami and looking for things to do? Why not take a drive down I-95 and learn about the city’s history? The ride takes less than 3 minutes. Watch the video.

This is one of my favorite parts on the tour - hearing George Carlin’s rant about drivers, mashed up with commentary about the Miami River and “Miami Vice”. The tour commentary was written by Matt Meltzer, and it gets a laugh at the end, almost every time.

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Video transcript:

George Carlin - Want to go for a ride? Want to go for a ride? Let me get this. Let’s go for a ride, OK? Well actually you’ll go for a ride, I’ll go for a drive. The person who drives the car, they’re the ones who go for a drive. The other people, they go for a ride. (Laughter) OK, we’re going be going on this drive/ride any minute here. First, a philosophical question: have you ever noticed when you’re driving that anyone who’s driving slower than you is an idiot (Laughter) and anyone driving faster than you is a maniac? Say look at this idiot, will you just look at this idiot, creeping along. Wwooww! Look at than maniac go! I mean, it’s a wonder we ever get anywhere at all, with all the idiots and maniacs there are!

Tour commentary - That narrow waterway you see on your right is the famous Miami River. Originally the lifeblood of the city, the river stretches from Miami International Airport out into Biscayne Bay.  In the height of the 80s drug scene, the river was a popular entry point for cocaine smuggling and dumping bodies. Though once highly polluted and known more for its noxious smell and occasional floating corpse, the river is undergoing a massive dredging project.

Named after Miami founder William Brickell, this stretch of US-1 is the heart of Miami’s financial district. Though the southern part of the street exploded with high-priced condos in the 70s and 80s, the northern part had remained mostly commercial. As the countless cranes and construction sites will tell you, Brickell has become a trendy neighborhood for young professionals, and is a convenient place to both live and work for many Miamians. What was once a daytime financial district has now become an urban core with places such as Mary Brickell Village featuring bars, restaurants and even a movie theater within easy walking distance for Brickell’s over 25,000 residents. Recent overbuilding has also made this one of the most affordable urban areas in the United States, as unsold condos are now being rented for prices comparable to what one might pay in the distant Miami suburbs. 

And of course no tour of Miami would be complete without talking about “Miami Vice”. When the movie was filmed here during the summer of 2005, a stretch of I-95 was shut down every night for nearly two weeks to film car chases. Residents of the Brickell area were given notices to not be alarmed by late night gunfire coming from the river, as it was only the crew shooting the film’s climactic final boat chase and shootout. Producers, of course, were not aware that most people who have lived in Miami long enough are never alarmed by late night gunfire coming from the river anyway.

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3 Comments on

"Miami Driving Tour Down I-95 (Video)"

Pet says:

Thank you for the video tour.

Posted on 06/25/2010 at 6:20 AM

Under the Sun says:

That audio of Carlin is a brilliant stroke to play between stops.

Congratulations !

Posted on 06/25/2010 at 10:48 AM

Miami Dog Walkers says:

Having just moved to Miami, this is a good introduction to some places I’ve not visited yet. Thanks!

Posted on 08/27/2011 at 10:03 AM

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