Miami Planners In 1946 Imagined Orange Juice Drinking Fountains, Rooftop Airport, & Tunnel To Brickell By 1996

An exhibit by planners at Bayfront Park in 1946 imagined what Miami would look like 50 years in the future.

By 1996, the city and surrounding area was to have been fully powered by a Great Solar Turbo Electric Generating Plant, which would provide cheap electricity.

The Miami River was to become an oasis of calm at the center of the city, with tunnels underneath to Brickell that would eliminate the need for busy bridges. Commercial traffic would be banned from the river itself, and parks would surround it on both sides.

Elevated highways would run through the city, and the pamphlet cover also appears to include a drawing of an elevated transportation system.

A rooftop airport would be located at the top of a building housing a great trading center, which would also house such innovations as an orange juice drinking fountain.

At the time of the exhibit in 1946, the city was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the progress it had made from its early days. The city had been transformed from a pioneer village in 1896 to a bustling metropolis 50 years later, and residents were imagining what another half century would bring.

Planner Jorge Damian de la Paz, who discovered the pamphlet, also noted that a 34-foot tall model of the future city was included as part of the 1946 exhibit.

 

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Anonymous

if only there were tunnels underneath Brickell… life would be so much different.

Anonymous

I’ll expound on that… if only it weren’t so expensive to build tunnels in Miami in general, life would be so different…

Anonymous

I have been saying that for years. I also found an article from 1968 when the city voted down the idea of creating a tunnel from Brickell to Downtown because they felt it was too expensive and wasn’t needed yet but maybe sometime in the future. The same thing is being argued now. I don’t care how expensive it is , I am 100% sure it will cost more in the future. Even people from 72 years ago knew we need it, build the darn thing and do it now.

Miami

It’s always going to be expensive, but our quality of life is more important. We need to make this happen.

Anonymous

So all we got was the elevated highway? Gimenez must be proud.

Azarius

We really need some of the ideas like the river surrounded by parks

Anonymous

You think people will use the parks if it’s next to the river?

Anonymous

People use Lummus Park, so, yes.

Anonymous

What are you talking about? We’re surrounded by parks!!!! Haven’t you been to Fort Dallas Park on the north side of the river? Finest hidden gem in town…

Anonymous

Sadly they were right about one item:
>> Elevated highways would run through the city,

Anonymous

So they were thinking about a brickell tunnel back then and today we are still ONLY TALKING about it.

Reality

Well, if given the opportunity to have orange juice drinking fountains or a climate ribbon, I would choose the climate ribbon, too. FTW.

Anonymous

yes… Maybe we can climate ribbon the whole city of Miami?

Anonymous

Where can we see the rest of the pamphlet?

Anonymous

Thank you for posting this article. Very interesting. With all the talk about Smart Cities, autonomous vehicles, IoT, flying cars, Jetson living, it will be interesting to see what makes the cut come 2030. I think we have done better than the article had predicted. Internet eliminated libraries. They mentioned a Printer’s Arts and Craft building to house the newspaper, publishers and engravers. Well, we have the internet and 3D printing. And the article is correct, shoppers of the future will not care if stores are on the ground level as we now have Amazon. LOL!

Anonymous

What we could’be had, but nope. Better invite infinite Third Worlders over and provide infinite free gibs.

Anonymous

THIS is what we could’ve had, not just in Miami, but every city who embraced the future.

Anonymous

We need these White dudes making decisions again!!!
Way less corrupt!!!

Anonymous

This is for the a-holes who come on this site and talk shit about the baby boomers not having foresight and vision along with doing nothing to progress the city.

Anonymous

vision without action is a dream. thanks for dreaming?

Anonymous

Orange juice fountains….really visonary of them….

Anonymous

Disgusting.

Anonymous

Baby boomers were only babies in 1946. The creators of this pamphlet were from the greatest and silent generations.

Anonymous

That I know.. but anyone thinking that anyone at the age of 74 to 54 were just slackers ought to move out their moms house and face the fact that they haven’t done squat in their life to make a difference to society.

Anonymous

Most baby boomers weren’t even alive. The War only ended the year before, and boomers spanned to 1964.

Anonymous

Lol nice try. I hardly believe folks in their 40s in 1946 are even still alive, let alone Baby Boomers.

Anonymous

Baby boomers gave Miami the Metro-rail and Metro-mover.. the generation after gave Miami ectasy pills.

Anonymous

Guess again, metrorail started construction in 1980 when the oldest boomers were only 34 years old and just entering politics. The mover was approved around this time and began construction a few years later. Boomers are the ones who defunded transit and also escalated the failed war on drugs. Every generation has positives and negatives.

Pat Lee

yes but it is true of people that were born in the 20s and 30s that they believed in government and they believed in big public works projects and they believed in the power change the fundamental way the baby boomers and people after them gave up on I know this because my father was from that generation. and if you think of that generation is backward you forget that they were the youth in the 30s that advanced civil rights socialism even gay rights in ways that those born in the 1950s only rediscovered much later.

Anonymous

Well if you think about it, baby boomers gave us the next generation??‍♂️?