We turn our attention once again today to the East Kendall Homeowners (Association? Organization? Federation? Coalition of the willing?) to discuss the initial purpose of the group’s existence. The EKHO was formed in June 2005 in opposition to the former Dadeland Breezes development, slated for N Kendall Dr. and 77th Ave. An excerpt from their site:

“A massive development called “Dadeland Breeze” is being proposed for our neighborhood. This development will demolish the 3 story apartment buildings at N. Kendall Drive & S.W. 77 Ave. in order to construct a complex of 8 condominium towers up to 8 stories high with nearly a 100% increase in the density of the existing buildings. This proposed construction project is clearly incompatible with the low-rise scale of our “East Kendall” residential neighborhood…”

I’d like to speak to the person who reasoned that an 8 story building was “out of character” with the neighborhood, but the Palmetto expressway, expansive parking lots of Dadeland Mall, or the gargantuan 6 lanes of Kendall drive just blended in seamlessly with the surroundings. The fact that most East Kendall residents don’t likely walk to their local Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, or Mall is the most alarming part of this discussion. Furthermore, I find it kind of hypocritical when a group speaks out against a project of greater density because of “increased traffic” but yet also goes against measures to bring public transit to their neighborhood. Is it the development that East Kendall fears or is it a change in the way of life?

“…It will worsen our already bad traffic, further burden our over-capacity schools, and have a negative impact on the quality of life of our families.”

Yahtzee! “Impact on the quality of life” Now, what impact precisely is anyones guess, but a change that will have us living a more vertical, sustainable, and likely healthier life doesn’t sound so bad, that is, unless you like idling in traffic along US-1 or Kendall bouncing around from parking lots to fast-food drive-throughs.

What many Miami residents, organizations, etc. fail to realize is that change and progress are a way of life. Had such powerful opposition existed in the early 1900’s, much of our prized downtown Brickell land could still look much like it did in 1915:

Imagine that? The Four Seasons was once a 2 story bungalow. By now we surely would have paved clear across the everglades and into Naples had someone not decided to build vertical…

Try explaining that and the benefits of sustainable growth to these folks, the EKHO, a group of citizens obviously set in their ways and accustomed to the lousy quality of suburban life:


Related posts:

  1. An open letter reply to the East Kendall Homeowners Organization (EKHO)
  2. West Kendall Residents Remain Misinformed about Transit
  3. Kendall Transit Clarification
  4. Pic o’ the Day: More Concrete, Less Grass
  5. Transit User Profile: Robertson Adams

6 Responses to Transit Miami Profile: EKHO

  1. Anonymous says:

    So many neighborhood groups are anti-transit, and anti-development. These groups are a huge impediment to getting any real change started. Many are retired and show up to beat down any progressive ideas in favor of keeping status quo. There isn’t much of a push from more progressive side either allowing thier voice to be left so loud. So if you live there and you want a more sustainable neighborhood get up and say something.

  2. www.Miami-Forum.com says:

    Sometimes in neighborhoods, like the Kendall neighborhood, one person has an opinion, and everyone just agrees with it because they want to be in the inner-circle. Thats a shame!

  3. Dave says:

    Kind of reminds of the Bay Link situation in Miami Beach. All the homeowners associations and activists groups (which are basically the retired with nothing else to do and who never have to commute anywhere) came out screaming against it. When a vote was finally held I’m sure those groups were shocked to see that the vast majority of the general populace of Miami Beach was thrilled with the idea. Luckily for the activists they were influencial enough to stall it long enough for the County to move on to other plans.

  4. Dave says:

    Just a clarification, I meant that the general populace of Miami beach was thrilled with the idea of bringing transit to the beach, not with their “associations” opionions.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey Gabe…why don’t you buy an apartment in Dadeland & live next to the train line?
    Your arguments on growth are pretty lame. You must be a developer.
    Maybe you can go to Hialeah & help out the train situation there.
    Kudos to EKHO & trust me…this will be fought to the bitter end!

  6. Anonymous says:

    ^^yea your right one disgruntled tenant who knowingly bought an apartment next to a metro rail station is more important than the hordes of daily congestion and road rage that need to be dealt with…I would say your argument is quite pathetic

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