urban development

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

If you commute to work, you probably pick your route based on what's fastest. You might try to take roads with the least traffic or the highest travel speed. But that can be hard when traffic is bad and speeds are slow. Should you stick with your original route or look for alternatives? Now imagine planning transit for all of Miami-Dade County. Millions of commuters and potential routes that change depending on traffic flow. And millions of dollars to spend on new transit projects -- which...

With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban agenda Trump's administration may be shaping. Some big-city mayors say they're worried about potential cuts in federal funding that candidate Trump warned about on the stump, and they are reaching out to the president-elect. They say they have plenty of ideas they want to share about the country's cities. Chicago...

Green City

The Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board unanimously rejected the Green City development’s application Monday to build beyond the urban development boundary. Green City is a proposed development of over 11,000 residences and 3.5 million square feet of retail and public service space in West Kendall. In order to build, the developers would have first needed approval to extend past the urban development boundary, and to change the land’s zoning from agricultural to residential. The urban...

Audrey Armitage

A contentious debate sprung up at the Miami-Dade County Planning Advisory Board meeting Monday as the board weighed in on whether or not to allow a commercial retail development inside rural Horse Country. Horse Country, a two square mile area between Southwest 40th Street and Southwest 72nd Street along the Florida Turnpike, has been preserved as agricultural land since the 1970s. Miami-Dade County has more than 60,000 acres of agricultural land, but Horse Country is unique in being one of...

PlusUrbia / Courtesy

Change may be coming to Calle Ocho. In the 19 60s , the street running through the heart of Little Havana was transformed from a small neighborhood road to a one-way, three-lane highway intended to alleviate traffic flowing downtown. As a result, cars have reigned supreme, taking away the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere the street used have. Urban design firm PlusUrbia has decided it's time to bring that atmosphere back. The firm just released a plan for Calle Ocho that seeks a return to the...

European Parliament / Creative Commons/Flickr

On our rundown: violent protests by thousands against Haitian President Michel Martelly, the Dominican Republic’s decision to strip the citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian descent, and allegations that the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Gardens police are engaging in racial profiling. Plus: we look at how the Miami Book Fair has grown since it began 30 years ago. Join host Tom Hudson as he speaks with Jacqueline Charles, Julie Brown and Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald; Tim Padgett, Christine...

Wilson Sayre

A battle over plans to build a new Walmart in Midtown Miami continued Wednesday night before the city's Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board. Although both sides of the issue attended the meeting, the focus instead was squarely on the numbers, two in particular: 21 and 27. These are the zoning ordinances that govern the use and design of land in midtown. The meeting was called in response to an appeal attorney Paul Savage filed on behalf of neighboring businesses and residents. Though some of...

Miami-Dade Expands Urban Development Boundary

Oct 3, 2013
Tom Hudson

Miami-Dade County commissioners on Wednesday opened the door to more warehouses and offices west of Doral, agreeing to expand the Urban Development Boundary to include a 521 acre-chunk already surrounding by buildings. They also largely rejected staff recommendations that would have protected more than 3,600 additional acres previously marked for future expansion. County planners, echoed by environmentalists, had argued that much of the land is environmentally sensitive or important to...

Jeff Onsted / FIU

Two pieces of land in real estate development-hungry South Florida. They are less than two miles apart but more than 10-times the difference in assessed values (see photo above). The reason: the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) in Miami-Dade County.

Decision Helps Walmart Inch Closer To Miami's Midtown

Aug 14, 2013
Courtesy of City of Miami Planning Department

Miami’s planning director has given Walmart the green light to build a new store in the city's Midtown district. However, Walmart still has more hoops to jump through before it can carve out a place in Midtown. It’s been a two-year battle for the retailer associated with boxy, suburban stores to win the right to build in the trendy, urban neighborhood. Walmart can now apply for a building permit since Miami’s Planning Director Francisco Garcia decided the company’s plans meet the local zoning...

How You Can Help Improve Miami's Public Spaces

Jul 31, 2013
Mark Hogan/Flickr

Miami doesn’t have a lot of public spaces. Experts say things like parks and plazas are in short supply, and that might hurt the city’s ability to attract and retain talented workers. In order to change that, the Miami Foundation is trying out something new. It's holding a contest for ideas to make more public space in the county and awarding $100,000 in prize money to implement the best ideas. Battling History Cities with robust public spaces usually have one thing in common: they planned...

Two Visions Of New Miami Beach Convention Center Emerge

May 15, 2013
bizjournals.com

In their first fully fleshed-out presentations on Tuesday, the developers competing to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center area described a vibrant new urban district of interconnected green spaces and cultural opportunities anchored by cutting-edge designs — even as they crossed swords over which plan would yield more benefits to the city at a better cost. Portman-CMC, the team lead by Atlanta developers Portman Holdings, presented a substantially different plan from the preliminary...