Contact Your City Commissioners- Support a Parking Requirement Exemption for Small Urban Buildings

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Minimum parking requirements are killing good urban development in Miami. Luckily, there has been a push to eliminate parking requirements for small urban buildings (<10,000 sq ft) in recent months.  This is a good first step in the right direction if Miami really aspires to become a walkable and less autocentric city.

Minimum parking requirements perpetuate more automobile use and it also makes housing less affordable since the cost of building and maintaining required parking is passed on to renters and buyers. A few months ago Zillow released a housing report  that cited Miami as the 2nd most expensive city for renters.  The average Miami resident spends 43.2% of their income on rent.

Combine expensive housing with lack of public transit and minimum parking requirements that only serve to perpetuate the use of the automobile; its no wonder why Miami is one of the most expensive car dominated cities in the US.

Eliminating parking requirements would do the following things:

1) Allows small developers to choose how many parking spaces are needed based on what fits and what buyers or tenants want.
2) Replaces parking with denser development that generates more property and sales tax for the county and city.
3) Allows small property owners to keep their property and develop themselves.
4) Levels the playing field for small Miami property owners.
5) Allows for the creation of more walkable and denser urban neighborhoods.

Below are the details for the reduced parking requirements that are being sought for small urban buildings.  This is currently being advocated for at the commission level, so stay tuned for the resolution.

The proposed text for T4, T5, and T6 is underlined below.  The non-underlined text already exists in Miami 21, a TOD/transit corridor parking reduction that does not apply within 500 ft of single-family/duplex areas (T3).  The proposed text does not change that, it does not apply within 500 feet of T3.  Below is a map of where the proposed text would apply: orange areas around rail stations, purple areas along transit corridors, but not yellow areas within 500 ft of T3.  

“Parking ratio may be reduced within 1/2 mile radius of TOD or within 1/4 mile radius of a Transit Corridor by thirty percent (30%) by process of Waiver, or by one hundred percent (100%) for any Structure that has a Floor Area of ten thousand (10,000) square feet or less, except when site is within 500 feet of T3.”

Let’s hope City of Miami Commissioners can come to their senses and eliminate parking requirements entirely, not just for small urban buildings.


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Architecture:  Brazilian Mountain Chalet

Check out this sweet pad that I was lucky enough to stay at for a few days with my family and friends while I was in Brazil for the World Cup. The 17,0000 sq foot home is located in Campos do Jordão, about a 3-hour drive from the bustling city of São Paulo.

The house boasts 8-suites, reclaimed wood floors and all of the wood used for the supporting beams and ceilings are resourced from a tree farm. (the Amazon was not chopped down to build this house).  Every room has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

Although this is not an urbanite’s dream abode, one can certainly appreciate the architectural beauty of this mountain home. This is a true mountain getaway with hiking and biking right out the back yard.

Here’s an article about the home that appeared in a Brazilian newspaper.

Architect Laura Rocha

Photography: Beto Stedile


Downtown Hollywood Gets Artsy


The Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, along with community partners, are beautifying the streets of Downtown Hollywood and creating a sense of place and community through the “Downtown Hollywood Mural Project.”

Precisely a dozen streetscapes have sprung to life with bold, colorful, and mesmerizing illustrations, outdoor murals, painted by South Florida artists. The latest work was created by acclaimed graffiti artist Daniel Fila, a.k.a “Krave” and can be seen on 21st Avenue and Harrison Street. The sought-out Krave has completed dozens of commissioned murals, both near and far, in such notable places as Madison Square Garden, New York; The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, FL and Sandals Resort, Turks and Caicos.

He along with local artists David “Lebo” LeBatard, Jessy Nite, Luis Pinto, Michelle Weinberg, Evoca1, Ruben Ubiera, Edward Mendieta, 2alas and Tati Suarez have been commissioned to revitalize the blighted community of Downtown Hollywood.

Since the program’s inception in 2012, Downtown Hollywood is thriving with a new creative culture. Art galleries have opened, artists workspaces and studios are now readily available and non-profits dedicated to the arts have emerged. The community has embraced the mural project, and its success has received local, regional and national recognition.

To learn more about this project visit: