‘Mostly Masculine’ Miami 21 Zoning Code Will Be ‘Degenderized’

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk’s Miami 21 zoning code has been deemed too masculine by a Miami politician, and will be revised.

At a meeting last week, commissioners unanimously approved changes to code language to make it gender neutral.

Commissioner Ken Russell sponsored the legislation after his staff informed him of the law’s wording.

The form-based zoning code was passed by Miami’s commission in 2009.

 

WHEREAS, the Code of the City of Miami, as amended (“City Code”), and Ordinance No. 13114, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended (“Miami 21 Code”), currently contain mostly masculine pronouns; and

WHEREAS, all genders are created equal; and

WHEREAS, amending the City Code and the Miami 21 Code to include gender-neutral pronouns by eliminating any gender preference language within the City Code and the Miami 21 Code will promote equality;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF

MIAMI, FLORIDA:

Section 1. The recitals and findings contained in the Preamble to this Ordinance are adopted by reference and incorporated as if fully set forth in this Section.

Section 2. The pronouns throughout the City Code and the Miami 21 Code are amended to promote gender-neutral pronouns.

Section 3. Subject to final approval by the City Attorney, The Municipal Code Corporation has authority to degenderize the City Code and update pronouns when appropriate and also includes the updating of future ordinances by making changes such as the following:

a. Changing the term “he” to “he/she”;
b. Changing the term “she” to “he/she”;
c. Changing the term “his” to “his/her”;
d. Changing the term “her” to “his/her”;
e. Changing the term “him” to “him/her”;
f. Changing the term “himself” to “himself/herself”;
g. Changing the term “herself” to “himself/herself”;
h. Changing the term “policeman” to “police officer”;
i. Changing the term “policewoman to “police officer”;
j. Changing the term “policemen” to “police officers”’;
k. Changing the term “policewomen” to “police officers”;
l. Changing the term “workman” to “worker”;
m. Changing the term “workmen” to “workers”;
n. Changing the term “fireman” to “firefighter”;
o. Changing the term “firemen” to “firefighters”;
p. Changing the term “man or woman” to “person”; and
q. Changing the term “men or women” to “persons”.

Section 4. The City Manager is directed to degenderize the Miami 21 Code and update pronouns when appropriate and further directed to update future amendments to the Miami 21 Code by making changes such as the following:

a. Changing the term “he” to “he/she”;
b. Changing the term “she” to “he/she”;
c. Changing the term “his” to “his/her”;
d. Changing the term “her” to “his/her”;
e. Changing the term “him” to “him/her”;
f. Changing the term “himself” to “himself/herself”;
g. Changing the term “herself” to “himself/herself”;
h. Changing the term “policeman” to “police officer”;
i. Changing the term “policewoman to “police officer”;
j. Changing the term “policemen” to “police officers”’;
k Changing the term “policewomen” to “police officers”;
l. Changing the term “workman” to “worker”;
m. Changing the term “workmen” to “workers”;
n. Changing the term “fireman” to “firefighter”;
o. Changing the term “firemen” to “firefighters”;
p. Changing the term “man or woman” to “person”; and
q. Changing the term “men or women” to “persons”.

Section 5. This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the final reading and adoption thereof.

 

Miami 21 illustration of a T6-24 Waterfront Drive:

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anonymous rex
4 years ago

this is why trump won.

MiamiArchi
4 years ago

I said the same thing. this nonsense is what feeds their nonsense.

City Commissioner
4 years ago

I just shared this with colleagues…response “Grab them by the Pussy”..

Anonymous
4 years ago

Ha!…Trump needed to cheat with the help of the Russians to beat a girl…..

Anonymous
4 years ago

Great use of government funds and resources. Really making changes that matter.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Did you forget the sarcasm tag?

Anonymous
4 years ago

No, I was entirely sincere and serious.

Anonymous
4 years ago

How about spending time to actually enforce the rules instead of this silly nonsense.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Glad my taxpayer dollars are funding things like this!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yeah right…because they’re really spending thousands of dollars to change the wording on paper.

Anonymous
4 years ago

In 6 months or so they will need to update this from “he/she” to include those genders outside of the gender-binary cisnormative sphere. Genderqueer is the new normal people

Anonymous
4 years ago

Writing down: “ken russell…needs to be voted out of office asap”

Danny
4 years ago

Really moving into the right direction. Wonder what the feminist movement’s take is?

Maybe we should have 60+ different versions of the code to satisfy all groups.

Anonymous
4 years ago

and these “leaders” keep getting voted back in……nobodys fault but the residents of this county

Anonymous
4 years ago

Totally useful use of time and resources

Anonymous
4 years ago

Now I can finally sleep. This issue bothered me so much I just stayed awake all the time constantly thinking about the wrong pronouns. Of course, since now all the gender-fluid people will surely get upset, maybe we can add “it” as well.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Finally something everyone agrees on

Anonymous
4 years ago

All you guys talking sh!t in your comments on here are so phony, because if you were reading this article with your wives or girlfriends, you would all be sitting there nodding your heads in agreement of this wording change.

un-invasive species
4 years ago

I question if anyone who has already commented on this article is a woman architect.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What is that picture from? Is T6-42 a type of coding?

City Commissioner
4 years ago

F-ing RIDICULOUS!

ATTACK ON MEN
4 years ago

THis is ridiculous!! Another example of “PC CULTURE” ruinign our society. What we need is a zoning guys for guys.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Correct

AJL
4 years ago

Guys, it’s a quick find & replace. Has nobody here used Word before?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Arbitrary height restrictions, lack of connection with Miami urban core reshaping, poor and inadequate zoning, zero understanding of the our citizens needs are the biggest problems of Miami 1821, not the use of mostly masculine pronouns.

aceraroja
4 years ago

I love how all the Miami21 renderings are beautiful, lively, pedestrian-friendly environments and the reality is 20-story garages and blank dead streets.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Whoa…. changing man or women to …person…. what’s next ‘it’

Anonymous
4 years ago

Clearly this is nonsense, however, it makes me think that perhaps DPZ prefers the more masculine pronouns and put them there on purpose because they are more aligned with traditional gender roles, in a western white european sense, which totally fits into their “traditionalist” world view. It actually makes sense. By the way Ken Russell is the same guy that supported that bullshit Omni park where hipsters get to drink craft beers and play with dogs in their private park whilst watching the children of the area dodge bullets and live in poverty.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Wow: “western white european sense”? Do you actually know anyone at DPZ, or have you actually ever worked with them? Perhaps what you meant to say was: “canine centric , non-feline sense…”

Anonymous
4 years ago

Not meant to be insulting or anything but technically speaking their whole schtick is classicism/neo-traditionalism which is essentially a “white-western” world view. Which is fine of course. They’re un-ironically big fans of Albert Speer totally OK with the 6 million people killed by his client because he was such a “skilled classicist”. So my thinking is they probably decided to use the tool of language as a way of influencing the culture and the culture they prefer is one where “men are men and women are women” in the “white western” sense. Makes total sense. very subversive on their part.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yeah, lets go with the cultural Marxism inversion of reality through language shtick instead. ’cause that approach only unironically killed 100 million.