The Space Between: Alleys In Miami Beach Could Be Rebuilt With Gardens, Solar Panels, & Rainwater Collectors

South Beach alleys should be “botanized” with trees and plants, covered in solar panels, and be rebuilt with covered walkways and rainwater collectors, an analysis from a planning firm says, in a report called The Space Between.

The proposal would be guided by the tenets of “tight urbanism”

The initiatives would increase property values, make the city more pedestrian friendly, and reduce the urban heat island effect, among other benefits.

The study identifies three types of alleys in South Beach, and possible improvements for each.

Commercial and cultural alleys, such as those along Washington Avenue, could have shade trees added and permeable surface that filter rainwater to recharge the aquifer below. There could also be elevated walkways and bridges.

One prominent alley, Lincoln Road North, should become an expansion of Soundscape Park with “abundant planning.”

Ideas for residential and transitional alleys include solar panels, urban micro-farms, planters and seating.

One Miami Beach alley by the Betsy Hotel was transformed into a experiential destination with artwork known as The Orb . A citywide cohesive plan for similar development of all alleys could allow Miami Beach to be recognized worldwide for its creative use of public spaces, and become a model and leader for resilient initiatives, the report says.

Kean Office for Design + Architecture, based in Miami Beach, submitted the proposal. The principal of KoDA is a professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the city could partner with UM on the initiative. The concept was scheduled to be sent to be sent to the Land Use & Development Committee by the commission this week.

 

 

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Anonymous

Add this to the stack of studies and master plans that the City of Miami Beach fails to implement.

Suomynona

Better than the City of Miami or Dade County governments following through on projects.

Anonymous

Yes. But the County blocks nearly everything the City tries to do.

marc

Pie in the sky plans.

Tom

The new park west of the convention center is located incorrectly on most of the drawings

Anonymous

LOL! Nice find. I wonder what else they got wrong… #MakesYouThink

Anonymous

Maybe so but it’s proposals like these that propel important conversations that have to be had to avoid a grim future.

Anonymous

forward thinking

Anonymous

Maybe this plan will take off. Hope so, at least.

Go Miami go!

I am all for improvements, but alleyways are for garbage collection and to bring supplies into the neighborhoods – restaurants. Keep the focus on the main streets and let the alleyways function as intended. How will the garbage go out, and supplies go in?

Anonymous

so you think they made a study and they forgot about something as simple as how the garbage was going out and supplies go in? I don’t think they are that stupid

Anonymous

yep ! LMAO

Anonymous

Yes.

Anonymous

Yes, they probably did.

Anonymous

Right? I couldn’t agree more, what a waste of time and money nothing like this would ever be implemented. Certainly not in a backward city like Miami anyway

Anonymous

Not all….there is plenty of opportunity for beautiful, sustainable thinking in these in-between spaces.

Anonymous

As long as they don’t start giving out free needles

Anonymous

Wasn’t it not too long ago we heard about the “possible” mangroves and runoff ponds along residential sidewalks in SoBe?

Anonymous

I think they have bigger problems than figuring out what to do with empty alleys. #BeachUnderWater

Anonymous

Tri-Rail is trying to increase their fares. A round trip ticket between West Palm Beach and Miami could cost up to $18! Contact Tri-Rail (info in the link) and tell them to re-think the fare increase: https://media.tri-rail.com/Files/About/SFRTA/Meetings/Public%20Hearings/2019/Public%20Hearing%20Notice%20-%20Fare%20Increase_Final-9-27-19.pdf

Anonymous

Yet, people want Metromover extended to Miami Beach, and Metromover only because it’s free…

Anonymous

What’s $18.00??
It seems fair to me – WPB to Miami roundtrip – 9/9
Why does everyone think everything should be free?
These service don’t magically fall from the sky.

Anonymous

it sounds like a great idea to me, I am all for innovation, optimization of spaces that will benefit everyone, Go Miami Beach!!!
MIAMI non-leading leaders LEARN!!!
do something for this town, PLEASE!!!

Michael

It could work, so long as the alleys serve their primary function of taking unsightly elements off the street like garbage dumpsters and large-scale deliveries. For this to work there has to be adequate space to allow trucks to pass.

Anonymous

I believe these are very common in Japan.

Anonymous

I’m going to submit an unsolicited proposal to partner with Galbut & Menin to develop linear Capsule Hotels in South Beach alleys ! #SoLongSuckers

Sara Garrido

Great idea!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ummm….ok?

Anonymous

Someone’s been smoking crack

Anonymous

People would trash it homeless people would trash it everyone will be sleeping there

Anonymous

LOL invest all that money into something that will be underwater in 50 ish years.

Anonymous

Ok Pops,you will be dead by then anyway, so what do you care?

Anonymous

Maybe grandpa has kids and maybe grandpa cares not just about himself but the future you bozo