The relatively new pocket park on Flagler Street has seen some recent improvements. The park is very much a 9-5, weekday park, a reflection of Downtown itself, but nonetheless has attracted a lunchtime following.
New improvements include tables and chairs which invite office workers to eat and relax in this urban greenspace. Although I am happy to see the new outdoor furniture, the selection and the placement of the furniture should have been considered more carefully. The furniture is too bulky for such a small urban space. It should be smaller and less intrusive, allowing for additional space to accommodate extra tables and chairs. Also, the furniture should have been placed closer to the trees in order to maximize the shade cover from the hot Miami sun, especially when the umbrellas have not been set up.
Some suggestions for improvement:
- Art in public spaces. A mural on the east wall would look great.
- Mesh shade canopy covering a large part of the urban space
- Better bike racks. The bike racks which were installed are not the preferred bicycle rack design.
Even though I was a bit skeptical of this park at first, it is being used more then expected. With a few small improvements, the park can get even more use. The Paul S. Walker Urbanscape proves that these urban parks can work; perhaps this idea could be extended to the Brickell area, where the daytime density already exists to support something similar.
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