This is the kind of infill that Miami 21 would make possible, in turn creating denser communities in an unobtrusive manner. This also makes it easier to build affordable housing that makes for diverse socioeconomic communities.
Energy and oil is the dominant theme this week, however the articles about the Everglades and affordable housing in Miami are very troubling.
- NY Times: Efforts to save the everglades are faltering
- Newsday: Gas prices affecting community, car use
- NY Times: Rising demand for oil provokes new energy crisis
- KITV Honolulu: Gas prices have reached $5 per gallon in parts of Cali
- Miami Herald: Housing crunch (lack of affordable housing) hitting low-income residents hard
- NY Times: High gas prices and long commutes having an impact on the sprawl market
- Planetizen: DPZ planner Mike Lydon has devised the Top Ten Reasons You Know You Are an Urbanist
- Streetsblog: How Bogota has transformed itself from a traffic choked city to a thriving cycling and transit city
- Miami SunPost: Hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade trailer park residents could be forced from their homes
The funny (and sad) thing is, this doesn’t even mention the recent scandals regarding the unbuilt Biotech facility in Liberty City or the corruption at the City of Miami Community Development Department.
- The Related Group of Florida is planning the Loft 4 Affordable Housing Condo for downtown Miami. The 404 units in the 35 story tower would be priced starting at $130,000! The best part yet? The building would feature no parking. Truly Urban Living is coming to the heart of the CBD for a change…
- “If not for this type of concept, you wouldn’t be able to build because you can’t build parking” cost effectively, said Oscar Rodriguez, who heads Related’s affordable division. “That lends itself to more competitive pricing.”
- Say goodbye to the HOV lanes on I-95. FDOT is working to bring “express” toll lanes to I-95 by 2008. Instead of the one HOV lane, the already gargantuan highway will be repainted to feature narrower 11 foot lanes, two of which will be designated for “express” toll use only. This plan allows users to buy themselves out of the hassles of finding people to carpool with. It’s a total cop out for FDOT and a massive waste of money. Never mind the fact that we wasted $17 Million to install a ramp metering system that was never used, let alone properly analyzed before it was installed. On the plus side, express buses will now run smoother along the corridor, question is, will anyone use them?
- A US Senate committee rejected Homestead as a possible site for the US Southern Command HQ, currently stationed in Doral. SoCom will remain in Doral in an expanded facility for the next 50 years, at least…
- Paddy Wagons and Cyclists, you know there is a critical mass happening when you see them together. Despite their best efforts, Miami’s second critical mass, wasn’t exactly too massive: 15 cyclists. Even with the low turnout, Miami Police decided to harass the cyclists, following their every move along the streets of downtown and keeping their beams on them until the group dispersed…
- Inaccessible Parks. Enough Said. Most local parks are rendered useless to most of us anyway because of their poor designs, maintenance, and integration with their surroundings, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to me to see that they aren’t even ADA accessible…
- Check out what some properly designed bus benches, news stands, and restrooms do for the public spaces of NYC. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the same firm hired to design Miami’s new Science Museum, the new citywide structures are built out of 95% recycled material…
- Congratulations to Alesh for winning the Miami New Times’ best website of 2007 and Rick/Alex for winning Broward/Palm Beaches Best Blog Awards…
- HSR…Where is the US? Touting an Acela Express that averages less than 60 mph…Pathetic…
Jorge Perez spoke out today at the City of Miami Commission Meeting clearing the names of Miami city officials who purchased condos in his affordable housing projects in downtown. He and city officials were recent targets in a Herald article which criticized the actions of related and city officials alike…
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