Fortunately for Grove residents as well as other Miamians, 27th Avenue between US-1 and Bayshore Drive will soon be getting a long overdue makeover. This important stretch of avenue that links the neighborhood center with Coconut Grove Station has long been in shameful condition for pedestrians.

The plan to beautify 27th Avenue is to include expanded sidewalks, tree landscaping, and a mini traffic circle at the intersection of Tigertail, Day, and 27th. Predictably, some Grove NIMBYs are voicing concerns about parking. Apparently, they’re worried that the project right-of-way on both sides of the avenue will eliminate hideous lagoon parking in front of buildings in favor of widening sidewalks. God forbid anyone takes away “reserved” parking spots to add/widen sidewalks.

Below are some pictures showing what it looks like to take a walk from the southern part of the avenue to US-1:

The first leg of the walk does not even have a sidewalk, just a series of ugly, windswept sand and gravel parking lagoons for several apartment buildings.

The sidewalk first appears awkwardly (I’m not sure that word does justice here) about 20-25 yards from the street behind another parking lagoon. If this doesn’t symbolize walking as an afterthought in this community I don’t know what does.
More discontinuity that ruins the street. The sidewalk reappears in the middle of this parking lagoon flanked by what else, cars.
Another awkward stretch of sidewalk flanked by a gas station and huge swath of asphalt, which serves one main function: allows cars an excessively wide turning radius from Bird Rd.
This enormous chunk of asphalt adjacent to EZ Kwik is such an eyesore it makes me sick to look at. The city recently put in a speed bump on the corner of Bird just keep cars from using this space to evade traffic at the light. Talk about putting a band-aid on a stab wound.
Just past EZ Kwik, the sidewalk suddenly disappears again, forcing pedestrians to walk across a sand and gravel wasteland.
After getting back on the sidewalk again, one comes to this mini office park that warns pedestrians to watch for cars. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
More discontinuity. After being steered into a jungle-like setting, the sidewalk is again fragmented by a parking strip – far from the street by the way.
After reappearing, the walk finally terminates at US-1. The trash isn’t always there, but a greater pedestrian presence would require sidewalk cleaning to be more consistent.

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6 Responses to Extreme Makeover: 27th Avenue

  1. Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal says:

    I Like how your finger kept progressing further into the pics Ryan…

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  2. madeindade says:

    but they are going to have to knock down the slice and ice!

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  3. Ryan says:

    True…I LOVE Slice N’ Ice, even though you’ll wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air because you’re so dehydrated.

    Well, if we had mixed-use on 27th it wouldn’t be all that difficult for them to move to the ground floor of a building.

    Nonetheless, one of the most dreadful looking intersections in Miami is finally getting a makeover.

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  4. Adam says:

    I think it would be worth noting the terrible safety hazard in front on EZ-Kwik and Flanigans where cars are forced to back (across a pedestrian lane due to no sidewalk) into a major thoroughfare. I’m really surprised the renovations didn’t take that into consideration.

    South Florida is probably the one place in the entire world where people complain if they have to walk a block from where they parked their car to get to the store.

    It’s hard to believe some times.

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  5. Grove traffic watcher says:

    The concept of density along transit corridors is excellent. There is opposition to the massive Rua project proposed for the SW 27th Ave/Metrorail site. People are not opposed to mixed use and mixed income projects it is just that Rua won a competition in 1999+/- for a much smaller project. Somehow his scheme got supersized. That site is not terribly large and its surface parking is used by many and it is on one of the busiest intersections in Miami-Dade County.

    It is smart to put density on transit corridors but moderation and concurancy is required.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The entire city of Miami is a teansportation concurrency exception area (TCEA) – no concurrency is required.

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