Mar. 13--It is difficult to stand at Flagler Street and the Miami River and get a sense that this is where a great city was born.
For one thing, the streetscape is dominated by freeway overpasses and the Flagler Street bridge. It gives the streets below a netherworld feel.
Secondly, the river right around here is ugly, can assail your olfactory senses, and if it burst into flames the whole scene would closely resemble Cleveland at its polluted worst.
But Peter Swartz chooses not to view things through a dark prism. In his view, the river is one of the few constants to flow through Miami's history. Another is East Coast Fisheries, the company founded by his …