We often hear that Miami is becoming a world-class city, but the sad truth is that Magic City is quickly becoming the country’s first gated city. What’s even worse is our elected officials are championing and using public funds to build walls and fences along the public right-of way, reducing mobility options for the general public and dividing communities in a futile attempt to reduce crime. This type of reactive urban planning is being used by elected officials to appease their constituents, but the truth is there is no evidence that gated communities are any safer than non-gated communities.
Meanwhile, Miami has one of lowest police–to-residents ratios of any major city in the United States. I’ve lost count, but we’ve had at least 2 or 3 police chiefs in the last four years. The city has failed to provide enough officers to patrol the streets of Miami and now the city is scrambling to add 33 officers to the police force this year.
A few years ago, the city coughed up about $1,700,000 to build a wall for the Coral Gate community. Here are the pictures of our elected officials celebrating their ugly tax-payer funded wall. What’s even worse is that these pictures are posted on the city of Miami’s website as if this is something to be proud of; it’s not. Quite frankly, it is an embarrassment. A world-class city should not support gated communities, much less pay for them.
About 6 months ago Commissioner Sarnoff ponied up another $50,000 for Belle Meade to build a fence. See for yourselves how ridiculous and infective this fence is:
Now Morningside residents are considering a fence around the perimeter of their neighborhood as well. No word yet if the city will pay for Morningside’s fence too.
No elected official should be proud of this piecemeal ineffective urban planning strategy. Quite the contrary, the city should not even allow walls or fences to be built. I’m not sure why the city’s Planning Department allows this to happen.
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