Downtown Miami Streets May Become Narrower By Code, Helping Developers

Miami’s code may soon be modified for narrower street widths in parts of downtown Miami.

If commissioners approve, portions of three downtown streets would have legally narrower widths: 5th Street, 6th Street and 1st Avenue.

The new rules would benefit property owners, who may be permitted to develop based on the less restrictive calculations.

Miami commissioners are scheduled to vote on the changes at a meeting July 26.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Better be for wider sidewalks. Can’t call Miami a car city, not do anything about mass transit, and then narrow roads.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Jesus Christ, it’s just three streets downtown that I bet you hardly ever drive on.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Three is alot and what does being concerning about traffic have to do with him/her directly driving on one of those three streets. Use critical thinking.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And you should learn word usage and some critical writing skills. First, the word is “concerned,” not “concerning.” Second, when did “three” of anything became associated with a lot of anything? “You got three dollars… man, you sure have a lot of money!”

FOH!

Anonymous
3 years ago

That is not an argument and you’re using the grammar fallacy and didn’t rebuttal my statement.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Man, people like you hate just for the sake of hating.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Anyone willingly driving through downtown, is already NOT using critical thinking.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Whats the big idea with giving the room to developers? Great, so we’ll have glass and concrete extending into our sidewalks a few extra feet. How about we help the pedestrian experience by using that room to provide shade/bigger sidewalks?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Better include incentives on undergrounding utilities and planting shade trees, too!

Anonymous
3 years ago

So wider sidewalks?

Polo
3 years ago

The streets then will become sidewalks since they are very narrow now. These people are a bunch of morons. Build skyscrapers everywhere with tiny streets and no public transportation.

Anonymous
3 years ago

… and very few people walking down those narrow streets.

Anonymous
3 years ago

In downtown Miami? Lol you need to get out more and not comment on things just to be negative

Anonymous
3 years ago

Really?.. if there are so many people walking downtown, why do we see people commenting on how dead the streets are at 5pm and on?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uhh, have you ever been downtown? Biscayne Blvd always has people on it. And while it isn’t CBD (still technically downtown) Brickell and Edgewater have people all over the place after hours!

Heck, the last time streets have been dead downtown was before the first real estate bubble pre-2005.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We’re talking about streets downtown, not the Brickell area or Edgewater and I don’t givadamn about technicalities. The streets this article referenced is of little significance to the entire makeup of downtown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The parts of Downtown that aren’t eternally under construction have a lot of people on the sidewalks, when MWC and Brightline is finished plus all the new Melo stuff on 14th there will be a lot of people there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Every day the city tries to out do the day before with something that is even more stupid

el dude
3 years ago

People, they’re not actually changing the widths of the steets. They’re just reducing the size of the right-of-ways, making the buildable areas on those blocks larger.

Anon
3 years ago

finally someone understands this. essentially, they’re giving land back to the owners along these streets. the sidewalks will actually be shrinking from the outside in, assuming the roadway width stays the same.

in my 15 years as engineer and now developer, i’ve never heard of such a thing in miami. 100% of the time it’s been the other way, developers are forced to dedicate land to widen the R/W.

honestly, was this a late post from April 1?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami gives alleys back to developers all the time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Of course, this is nuts. Downtown Miami already has some of the narrowest streets in the country. Can’t imagine how NYC could survive with streets already this narrow.

Anonymous
3 years ago

ding ding ding!.. congratulation, you win the award (a pack of screws) for being the first person to mention New York City in a subject about what’s going on Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

London—THE greatest city in the world –has narrow streets. They would add character to Miami.—Signed an ex-Londoner and 33132 resident for 16 years.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, that’s why they put restrictions on traffic from driving on those narrow streets and encourage drivers to avoid them with a fine. http://bit.ly/2v8SmsW

Anonymous
3 years ago

London isn’t the greatest city in the world and is gridlock. Funny you’re not living their as their murder rate has soared.

Ex-Londoner now in 33132
3 years ago

Feet don’t get gridlock. People WALK around downtowns of truly great cities.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, third world character.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Like this is going to make Mana actually build out his developments.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yay!! Another win for developers!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

No hope for this city.
There is no focused plan, no direction.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah… 5th and 6th st along with 1st ave was mentioned in the article.

Miami is doomed.

Paul
3 years ago

After seeing the finished result of Aria, I think it is necessary to increase Miami21’s setbacks for high-density transects by 10 feet. The current code only allows for 5 ft sidewalks adjacent to massive skyscrapers. Most of the new construction is opting for wider sidewalks but it’s not a strict requirement.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Downtown Miami needs a lot of help improving the street feel and attracting redevelopment inward from Biscayne. Narrowing sidewalks and reducing front setbacks are steps in the wrong direction. If this is what’s required in order to develop profitably then there are other issues that need to be adressed. Once these variances are done they can’t be undone. The downtown needs an overall improvement plan where this type of ad hoc zoning can be prevented. The City is putting short term development revenue over any vision for the downtown.

Reality
3 years ago

BCC needs A/C. Or, can they just turn on the climate ribbon already???

Anonymous
3 years ago

Does it come w a requirement that those who build there must have a specific width sidewalk and not have developer build up to street (w existing sidewalk width today)? If not then there was no purpose to this.

Ex-Londoner now in 33132
3 years ago

Why so many commenters who just criticize everything about Miami. Bloody well move out then!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sorry old chap, some of these people on this site would complain if a hurricane that hit Miami turned out to get just 60mph instead of 170mph.