Hit Us With Your Best Block

Mar 18, 2013

WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.

WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.

So what does it take to be a best block?

“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.

Acosta describes a best block as pedestrian-friendly and the kind of place where residents want to live and hang out.

“You want to have maybe some cafes outside where people are sitting around, talking, eating, reading,” said Acosta. “Bike lanes [are] preferable, of course.”

Several entries have focused on downtown Coral Gables. More than one submission has centered around Aragon Avenue, and one entrant wrote a poem about the Miracle Mile. A group of young professionals also spent a Saturday exploring three blocks in South Florida and made a video about what they found.

The deadline to enter is midnight on  September 17, 2012.

Complete rules and previous entries can be found at wlrn.org/bestblock.