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Posts from ‘May, 2007’

Bicycle Town Hall Meeting Today

Expanding The Miami Mentality Theory

I’ve often defined the “Miami Mentality” on this site as the state of mind prevalent in our region which is generally for transit options, so long as other people use them. The Miami New Times quoted my “Miami Mentality” theory today when discussing the new MDT 7-day pass, which sadly means that my theory [...]

Top County Planning Position Will Have Major Impact on Our Future

Miami-Dade County is advertising for a new Director of Planning and Zoning.
Let’s hope a true visionary is hired to fill the position, because county planning efforts have been misguided for decades. We need a leader who isn’t afraid to take risks and make unpopular decisions. We need someone who is very knowledgeable about smart [...]

The Saga Continues for Grove Station Project

Last week, the Miami City Commission voted 4-1 to send the proposed mixed-use Coconut Grove Metrorail Station project back to have its standards reevaluated.
According to the Herald’s article, the project’s developer Carlos Rua has admitted his frustration with Grove NIMBYs, whom he has been trying to negotiate with for more than a year over building [...]

Transit Miami Updates

The picture above, taken from the balcony of the Murano on Miami Beach, was forwarded to me by James,’s newest author. He’ll be covering the architectural and urban design aspects of the buildings rising in Miami.
TransitMiami is growing and looking for new ways to bring the latest content to you. If you [...]

The 7 Day Metropass has Arrived!

That’s right folks, today MDT unveiled their new 7 day metropass geared to Miami’s tourist market:
The $19 pass will come with a countywide transit system map including detailed maps of Miami Beach and downtown Miami showing visitors how to get to numerous tourist attractions and destinations using Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover. A scratch-off calendar [...]

Urban Planners and Medical Doctors are building a united front to tackle the link between sprawl and obesity.

Understanding Street Capacity

Below is a series of pictures that I just love. I think they do an excellent job illustrating the concept of street capacity, making clear how much valuable urban street space is wasted by private automobile travel.
This first picture above shows 24 cars on a block in some town. It’s amazing how much space is [...]

The Case for Bicycle Boulevards

Today I was going to speak about Bicycle Boulevards - specifically how they can benefit Miami (or any city) and how they might be implemented. However, the guys from StreetFilms have already made a great video explaining the Bicycle Boulevard and its benefits.
As for Miami, I think Bicycle Boulevards are a very necessary component of [...]

Miguel Gabela’s Zoning Board Tirade

What happens when you have a NIMBY on the City’s zoning Board? Let’s just say it makes for a very interesting discussion on Camillus House. I get the feeling had it been a Biotech company looking to expand in Allapattah, Miguel Gabela’s response wouldn’t have included multiple locations in every city district. [...]

Wednesday Headlines

MIA is experiencing a sudden surge of International Flights. American Airline’s recent announcement of 14 additional round trip flights to Colombian destinations (Baraquilla, Medellin, and Bogota) and year round, non-stop flights to Montevideo, Uruguay, further solidified the carrier’s position in Miami and Latin American. Meanwhile, South African Airways is also considering adding daily [...]

In Search of the "American Dream"

In an article today in the Herald, Flagler County (emphasis on City of Palm Coast), is touted as the fastest growing county in the United States. Whenever I hear “fastest growing city/county” in the United States, as if that implies a fantastic place to live, I am always skeptical, especially given the deplorable planning history [...]

What’s in a Name? A whole lot more than you’d think…

Disclaimer: The following post, you’ll find, has little to do with Transit or recent development, but I’d like to take the time to address the apathetic attitude of our locals when it comes down to our city’s culture, history, and identity by discussing the re-branding of our local brand Burdines to Macy’s.

The Tracks are too Bumpy

Boca Raton Residents are calling for the replacement of Tri-Rail tracks at a couple of intersections along the corridor… To make Tri-Rail a better commuting option you ask? Nope, so that their drive across the tracks won’t be as bumpy… Watch the video for yourself…

Relevant Headlines

Any former New Englander’s out there, this sounds familiar
Keep on risin’ gas prices
L.A. Times looks beyond bike lanes
Americans are driving less