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Join us this Saturday in Miami for a special event, “Placemaking 101 Series - a Strong Towns Curbside Chat”. Strong Towns executive Director, Charles L Marohn, Jr. will share his non-profit’s work through a candid talk about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods. This is a local free event, and you are encouraged to invite your co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Strong Towns has traveled around the country delivering the Curbside Chat presentation, which is non-technical program, developed specifically for public officials, local advocates and the general public. The presentation will be followed by a community specific discussion on the issues stemming from our unhealthy growth pattern here in South Florida and what we need to do to repair our communities.

- Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
- Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
- What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Event Details

Where: JFI Properties 518 W Flagler ST, Miami, FL 33130
When: Saturday, February 11th, 4pm-7pm.

Please RSVP via Facebook or e-mail

More information, audio from prior Chats and a Curbside Chat Companion Booklet are available online at

This event is brought to you by an amazing partnership between CNU-Miami, Little Havana Merchant Alliance (LHMA), Little Havana Guide and JFI Properties.

Below, Charles Marohn presents a brief outline of the civic, monetary, and social costs of the automoblie-centric settlement pattern that we have been experimenting with for the last 60 years.


There is a Bicycle/Pedestrian Action Committee meeting today (April 23, 2008) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The meeting will take place at County Hall on the 18th floor in conference room #2.

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There will be a “cyclist town hall meeting” next Monday at Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center. The details are below:

-> When: April 14, 2008.

-> Where: Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center
405 University Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33134

-> Time: 7:00PM

-> Host: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Giminez and City of Coral Gables Commissioner Ralph Cabrera

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Miami-Dade Transit has set March 25 as the date of the next public meeting to discuss plans for the new Metrorail line connecting the Earlington Heights station with the Miami Intermodal Center under construction near the Miami International Airport. The actual meeting will start at 7:00 p.m., with an open-house being held before, at 6:00 p.m. The location of the meeting will be at the Sheila Winitzer Central Administration Building Auditorium: 3300 NW 32 Ave.

Several items of interest regarding this particular segment of Metrorail:

  • It will be the first extension of the train since the extension to Palmetto station;
  • This segment will not be constructed with federal funds, but solely from the half-cent transportation tax implemented in Miami-Dade county, along with state funding;
  • Once opened, this segment will provide a much-needed alternative for transport into the airport both by tourists using the airport’s facilities, and for workers providing services.

Further information can be found at this link to Miami-Dade Transit’s website.

From MDT:

(Miami-Dade County, FL) — The Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 public meetings on the status of the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)/Earlington Heights (EHT) Connector Metrorail extension project have been postponed until further notice. The meetings will be rescheduled at a future date.

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I was driving by the Douglas Road pedestrian overpass last weekend when I noticed that the fence designed to “force” people into using the overpass still hadn’t been fixed after an accident partially destroyed it last summer. Interestingly enough, a new path has formed in the grass and once again there are people darting across this treacherous stretch, rather than climbing the flight of stairs or using the elevator. We analyzed this particular overpass a year ago.

Meanwhile plans to build a third US-1 pedestrian overpass adjacent to the UM Metrorail station are currently underway. The Miami Today News Reports:

The meeting is 4-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Holiday Inn University of Miami, 1350 S. Dixie Hwy in Coral Gables. Free hotel parking is available.

Free Hotel Parking? Yes, let’s drive to a planning meeting designed to build better facilities for walking. This doesn’t make any sense… I came up with a visual as to how close this meeting will be to the Metrorail:

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Another important opportunity to improve cycling in Miami-Dade will occur tomorrow night.

The issue at hand will be the proposed extension of the “Black Creek Trail” 8.8 miles to reach the Krome Trail at the L-31 N levee. Not surprisingly, there’s a vocal and organized opposition to the extension, so it’s important that cycling proponents or anyone who cares about sustainability shows up to this meeting.

The meeting will be held at:

Click here to visit the Spokes N’ Folks blog for details and additional information.

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The MPO is looking for public input concerning future transit options in the Kendall area. Proposed options include an extension of metrorail, BRT, or extending tri-rail further south through the existing CSX tracks…

Sorry for the short notice, but, the meetings are today and tomorrow:

6-8 PM @ Kendall Village Center

6-8 PM @ Country Walk Homeowners Association Clubhouse

For more information on the project, click here. I will not be able to attend, but, if anyone can make it out and would like to share what happened and what the most common residents concerns were, please e-mail us: