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

*protected email*. 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… Read more…

Miami-Dade County Deserves New Thinking on Transit

By: Eli Stiers, Esq. and Leah Weston, J.D. We were disappointed by dismissive statements of Miami-Dade County Commissioner and Chair of the Finance Committee, Esteban Bovo, at the recent public meeting on the County’s annual budget.  Bovo’s comments have been memorialized in a YouTube video posted by Ms. Weston.  In response to a request that the… Read more…

Understanding Miami’s Metrorail Land-Use

These awesome Metrorail land-use maps come to us via Miami Geographic. Miami’s rapid transit Metrorail train system currently consists of 23 stations running along a nearly 25-mile elevated, heavy-rail, dual-track corridor. Opened in May 1984, Metrorail is operated and maintained by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), an agency of the Miami-Dade County administration. With Metrorail turning 30 years old… Read more…

Parking Exemption for Small Urban Buildings Coming to Miami?

  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… Read more…

This is Why Miami-Dade County is Dominated by the Automobile

Here’s another great map from Matt Toro over at Transit Miami.  This map pretty much sums up why Miami-Dade County is so dependent on the automobile-lack of mixed-use zoning. Notice that mixed-use zoning is found only in small pockets throughout the county.  Not surprisingly, the very same pockets that have mixed-use zoning are some of… Read more…

UM Event: Open Transit-Transit Design for Urban Living

By studying transit landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, visited by 750,000 commuters, diners, and shoppers daily, and Rockefeller Plaza, essentially a large subway transit concourse, guest speaker Peter Cavaluzzi shares his Key Principles of Open Transit. Learn what’s essential to successful contemporary urban design and redevelopment. What makes successful iconic urban spaces and discover how… Read more…

Miami at Manhattan Prices

This article was originally posted on Transit Miami and was written by Peter Smith.  Manhattanization is a term we’ve become accustomed to in Miami. It‘s existed since at least the 1960s to describe cities from San Francisco to Santiago, but it became a prominent buzzword in the 2000s to describe the rapid transformation of downtown Miami… Read more…