Commissioner: Biscayne Boulevard Rebuild Will Preserve Burle Marx Influence

Biscayne Boulevard’s sidewalks and medians feature colorful patterns by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Burle Marx proposed the design in 1988, and Miami completed it around 20 years later, after his death.

Now, the city is considering rebuilding the boulevard to make it more pedestrian friendly. Miami’s DDA has been funding several studies on the matter, including one in 2011 and another in 2015. A $421,829 federal grant was awarded this month for yet another study.

Last week, Miami commissioner and DDA board member Ken Russell announced on Twitter that he was committed to preserving the Burle Marx influence in any redesign.

The project is included in FDOT’s five-year plan, according to Miami Today. It is opposed however by the Miami Parking Authority, who are worried about the loss of revenue from surface parking lots in the middle of the boulevard.

 

 

 

 

a 2015 study funded by the dda:

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Anonymous
3 years ago

So if you’re still young and you have a great idea, tell them now, so you can see it flourish in Miami planning time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How about preserving the memories of Miami’s forgotten founders like woman pioneer Emma C McAllister who built the first high rise in Miami EVER at the intersection that started it all …Flagler & Biscayne. I wish Arva Moore Parks got more involved in these conversations.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The existing present-day SE 1st Street side of Macy’s and Carrion Jewelry Center are a bit older, but I agree with you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe some shade trees instead of a crappy Singapore Gardens by the Bay knockoff?

Anonymous
3 years ago

yet another project with at least 3 damn studies….as mad as these stories make me i cant help think the people here deserve this for constantly re electing these gutless fake leaders…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ohhh how I hate the MPA. What a bunch of morons!

Anonymous
3 years ago

If the MPA s so concerned about losing revenue then it should consider building underground garages under Biscayne Boulevard, similar to Boston Commons garage in Boston or even Brickell Citi Center underground garage.

B Dub
3 years ago

Or build a parking garage a street or two inland. Cars don’t appreciate those bay views.

Anonymous
3 years ago

THE MPA IS THE MOB, DISGRACEFUL AND USELESS.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Here’s an idea that makes sense because it brings Bayfront Park closer to downtown and preserves traffic lanes. http://bit.ly/2vtT0me This is accomplished by creating an underground garage that abuts Bayfront Park. First, remove that central island parking. Second, move southbound lanes to where the central parking use to exist. Third, once the southbound lanes have been restored, excavate the underground parking garage, a one-story deep trench run from Flagler to the entrance to PortMiami. In this scenario, the impact to traffic movement is substantially minimized during construction. The roof of the garage supports the extension of the park westward.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t spend any more money doing studies for something that should have been built a long time ago. Just build the damn thing and put parking underground so we don’t see cars on such a beautiful blvd. However, all those cars in the median ruin it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Due to Miami’s very high water table, it is very expensive to build undergound parking. Highrise parking garages are more financially feasible.

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

Almost half a million dollars of federal money for “a new study”
And they already funded “several studies”
There goes the taxpayer money

Anonymous
3 years ago

…right, lets just build, no studies, what good is data?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think the design is hideous. Hurts my eyes. Symbolic of meandering, directionless local leaders.