Category Archives: Planning and Environment

My Calle 8 Urges For Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure

There is a growing demand for Calle 8 revive itself as a vibrant urban corridor that supports all modes of transport including transit, biking and walking.  “My Calle 8” is a movement of neighborhood residents reaching our to the community and elected officials pleading for FDOT to re-purpose the roadway no longer a one-way 3 lane road.  The proposed idea, presents wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes, bus lane and two-way car traffic.  My Calle 8 has developed a website including background information and a petition to sign and share with representatives in Tallahassee.  Below is an excerpt from their website.

PlusUrbia_Calle-Ocho-Proposed-Plan-web“For half a century, Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) has served as an eastbound speedway for commuters, along with the equally dangerous one-way, three-lane, westbound SW 7th Street.

Originally a 2-way typical American main street, Calle 8 between SW 27 & Brickell avenues was transformed in the late 60s into the unsafe “Highway Ocho” we know today.

With FDOT studying the corridor this year, the time is right to convert Calle 8 back into the quaint main commercial core of Little Havana. This will reverse 50 years of highway conditions that have disenfranchised neighborhoods and caused commercial blight.

A broad base of stakeholders has united to urge elected officials, government agencies — and the transportation engineers that serve them – to be innovative. We challenge them to create a 21st century Calle Ocho with comfortable wide sidewalks, additional safe crosswalks and dedicated bike and transit lanes — in a vibrant urban setting.”

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Glades Greenway Study Nearly Done

roggmap 4 July 1 will mark the end of a feasibility and planning study of the proposed River of Grass Greenway, a visionary trail meant to cross ROGG Florida from Naples to Miami. If you want the trail built, these are the last few days you have to make your opinion count. The surest way to support the trail right now is to write to the project manager, Mark Heinicke, and tell him how you’d like to use the trail.

Vocal opposition to the greenway has arisen in recent months, so don’t assume the project will go through without our speaking up. Lest we forget the trail’s potential, note the words of trail sparkplug Maureen Bonness:  Continue reading Glades Greenway Study Nearly Done

District 11 Airs Plan for West End Connectivity

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In partnership with several County departments, Commissioner Juan Zapata has developed a West End Connectivity Master Plan to promote greenway connectivity and walkability to County parks, schools, libraries and business nodes in the area. These proposed improvements will connect with existing greenways and add approximately 15 miles of bike routes. Bravo to District 11 for making the West End a future destination for safe and scenic biking, walking and running!

Tony’s book makes a splash

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Tony Garcia, right, solicits ideas for improving the M-Path at an event with Meg Daly, left, the sparkplug of the Underline project to develop the path as a vibrant linear park.

Making news in the world of urban affairs this week is a new book called Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change. It’s by our chairman, Anthony Garcia, and his partner in Street Plans Collaborative, Mike Lydon. Their design firm grew out of the work that Lydon did on Miami 21, the modern rewrite of the City of Miami’s land-use plan.

The book was featured in Slate, which published an excerpt, and with an interview at Next City, the website covering metropolitan leaders, policies and innovation.  There’s more about the book, too, at the publisher’s website.

Tony will be speaking about his ideas April 2 at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The talk starts at 8 p.m.

Meetings to shape Ludlam Trail vision

A pair of charrettes — community-based planning workshops — will be held in coming weeks to help neighbors of the proposed Ludlam Trail refine their vision of a world-class linear park extending 6.2 miles from Dadeland to the City of Miami’s westernmost neighborhood. The trail has been a dream for decades, and now Friends of the Ludlam Trail — an initiative of Green Mobility Network — is working hard to make the dream a reality. Continue reading Meetings to shape Ludlam Trail vision