It’s a whole new landscape in urban South Florida – one that recalls earlier days, when folks walked, biked and took trolleys and streetcars to get around. Streetscapes – wider, pedestrian-friendly downtown areas, with room for sidewalk cafes, lush landscaping, welcoming benches and street lighting – are business boosters and enhance neighborhood downtowns in fresh, new ways. They’re in the works in a number of busy urban areas: Coconut Grove’s Commodore Plaza is currently in the midst of a streetscape design, expanding the brick sidewalk area and adding new trees, while in downtown Miami, historic Flagler Street will soon be getting a major makeover with new trees, drainage repair and other elements to create a more inviting atmosphere for both tourists and residents. And in Coral Gables, an ambitious facelift for Miracle Mile and Giralda in the heart of the downtown business district aims to enhance this lively dining and shopping destination.
“To me, this is transformational,” says Marina Foglia, executive director of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables. “Now we have the Design District, Wynwood, Downtown Miami, Brickell, Flagler, South Miami and Coconut Grove,” she says. “We need to make sure we are viable.”
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