Miami To Celebrate Completing First Two Phases Of Flagler Street’s Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Rebuild

A ceremony is scheduled Friday to celebrate the completion of the first two sections of Downtown Miami’s Flagler Street rebuild.

The city says it is now working on completing the remaining three phases.

The project aims to make Flagler Street into a “festival-style boulevard,” with bollards that allow it to be completely closed to cars

When cars are on the street, they will be placed at the same elevation as pedestrians – making it more pleasant to walk on.

New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.

New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics are also being installed to prepare for new vertical development.

The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.

Some parking spaces have also been removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.

 

Photo below taken May 2022:




The five phases, each to take eight months:

 

 

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Zonked
1 month ago

Why do cars need this street at all though? We desperately need more pedestrian streets in Miami and a slightly bigger sidewalk ain’t cutting it.

anonymous
1 month ago

they don’t need it. its been closed for years and cars have survived without.

Lenny
1 month ago

But the businesses have not.

Anonymous
1 month ago

you know a lot of high spending cars?

Good Riddance
1 month ago

The businesses on Flagler were trash anyways, they sold stolen and knock off garbage to unsuspecting tourists

Cruise
1 month ago

Sorry but flagler street has big time traffic where do you live ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

A big debate is it’ll affect the business on the street but if they eliminated the street parking then it’s already gonna affect them so they should permanently shut down the street to car traffic

Lenny
1 month ago

People with cars need Flagler because some “get cars off the roads” genius eliminated travel lanes on S 1st Street in favor of a big waste iof green pint they call bike lanes.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bikes and pedestrians are more important than car lanes and parking spots in an urban core area. Don’t like it, move to Kendall.

Antennae
1 month ago

Next step should be to reduce parking requirements in the CBD.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And create more pedestrian-only streets. Vehicles in a downtown core are so last century.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Then why did they build streets last century? Okay then, just build plazas downtown and say “fuck vehicles.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

We’re slowly moving towards that. Vehicles should only be for deliveries and EMS situations on select streets. Everything else should be walkable or have public transportation built in.

Alcoholiotic
1 month ago

Yeah… I mean, who givesadamn about the people who need to get to work and happens to use their car to get to the business. Bicycles riders on the streets and people walking on the sidewalks are more important than those tax paying people who drive their car into downtown to get to work.

FPL-ish
1 month ago

Beautiful pavers, ready for FPL workers to work their art into them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s like applying a coloring filter to a picture. Nothing changes but the lighting makes it surely look better…

Joe
1 month ago

Wrong.
Night and Day difference. this will activate Flagler Street and downtown in general.

Lenny
1 month ago

The 1997 Lincoln Road makeover was night and day. The Flagler 6 year renovation is 4:30am to 5’30am.

Cruise
1 month ago

You can’t compare Lincoln road to 4 blocks of flagler

Cruise
1 month ago

Activate what ? Brickell is amazing and has beautiful rooftop restaurants and bars

Dave
1 month ago

I only see lighting in the renderings which we know tend to far from final product. I don’t see any lighting in the first picture which is actual photo of what it looks like now, unless I am missing it?

Anonymous
1 month ago

With all the expected densification of Downtown, this restoration and modernization of Flagler St is good and should bring more social, gastronomic and cultural life to the region.

Cruise
1 month ago

But all businesses close at 5.30 you might have 1 restaurant open on 1 block at 9 in the evening rest of business are closed

Shade who
1 month ago

Why did they choose small oak trees?

anonymous
1 month ago

Oak trees are very strong.

Shade who
1 month ago

Could they have planted larger oaks, the ones planted are rather small

anonymous
1 month ago

The trees in the first picture look decent sized. Could they have been larger? Sure. But they could have been much smaller too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

which is a good point because trees famously never grow any larger

Lenny
1 month ago

And nessy

Anonymous
1 month ago

So Oak trees stop growing if you plant them at a certain size?

Okay.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s better if they are on the smaller side as their root system will have a chance to fully develop. A well developed root system ensues a healthy tree and stronger hurricane resistance.

DT resident
1 month ago

Won’t be surprised to see the utility graffiti all over that new cobblestone as they “slowly” decided to start working on the new and existing buildings. SMH

Anonymous
1 month ago

Fix the fountain at the east end.

anonymous
1 month ago

Looks nice, but sadly appears to use outdated designs that prioritize turning speeds for cars/trucks over people walking.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Okay but flager is more dead now than ever before

Se me paró
1 month ago

Sadly, it’s a ghost town. Most of the CBD is dead. Everything seems to be boarded up and condemned. It will be another generation before this area comes to fruition

Anonymous
1 month ago

And we’re always reading how people are so worried about the size of sidewalks and the amount of vehicles on the streets.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How are they going to celebrate? By recreating a scene from the Walking Dead? The area right now is dead, but show promise.

Anonymous
1 month ago

My experience with building development in Brickell is that every time a developer builds something, they completely destroy the adjacent streets/sidewalks. Even the small remodeling of the midget Colonnade Plaza by the Holos has completely ruined 12th street. I guess that all this beautification of Flagler (that took years) will be completely demolished once Mana and its neighbors start building…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Colonnade Plaza had some of the worst streetscape in Brickell and was used as a makeshift skate park.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I noticed that too. He has nothing to do with this project. He uses it to make it seem like he is doing something.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This would be the equivalent of anyone celebrating getting half of a work project done about a decade past its completion deadline which is how delayed this simple project has been so far. Not to mention how ridiculously over budget this has run and full of fiascos where bid companies had to be switched out before even completing single blocks of this project. A lot of people involved with this should’ve been fired and replaced by more competent ones years ago

OAJ
1 month ago

El tráfico en el down town es horrible y proyectos innecesarios como este lo empeoran

Anonymous
1 month ago

The video omitted to show all the homeless living on Flagler.

Anonymous
1 month ago

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice, now fuck your fucking fuckers

Slumlord
1 month ago

The impunity which he credits himself with this development is unprecedent. What a character.

Cruise
1 month ago

The only people that will venture into Flagler are the CRUISELINER passagers , Flagler can’t compete with BRICKELL or BAYSIDE… FLAGLER STREET only consists of 4 blocks the first by biscayne blvd and second are three most busy once you walk into Ross block and following block by government center they’re horrible..they are all government buildings

Cruise
1 month ago

Only delivery trucks can park on flagler…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Awesome. we can’t wait for the new food hall opening in flagler in the new renovated street.

S. Charles Lee
1 month ago

S. Charles Lee would be happy to know they are restoring his beautiful Miami Theater.

Anonymous but Famous
1 month ago

Unless the area is MAINTAINED, a concept foreign to local government, the value isn’t going to hold up. For example, there are already 6 bubble gums embedded in the pavement. I counted them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Experts… Miami is full of Keyboard Experts.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Says the expert keyboard critic…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Says another Expert Keyboard Critiquer…