Quick Take: Resilient Re-Design in Miami

Source Material: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article155213369.html

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MiamiGrid’s Take:

The City of Miami is understanding that the battle against rising seas is not a fight, but a negotiation. Some areas will have to be mitigated in order to save others if we truly want to be a liveable city. There are ways to make it work for us too. By upzoning certain areas, developers are incentivized to go in and adhere to newer standards. That city revenue can be used for buyback programs to create floodable zones, that are City parks in lower tides.

This concept mirrors concepts in Amsterdam and Houston. The Dutch’s negotiation with rising seas is hundreds of years old, while Houston passed a flood ordinance just this decade. Houston’s ordinance says that if your home floods, the city must buy it from you at a fair price, and use its land for mitigation. This policy allows for people not to lose their property values and creates a system for frequent flood mitigation.

Miami is taking the right steps with this program, and I hope that they can continue to create programs that do not just kick the can down the road but provide meaningful relief to our flooding neighborhoods.

 

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Quick Take: Transit Nodes and Place-Making

New Miami Development Appears to be Discovering the Power of Nodes over Systems.

The future of city planning is not based on linear and system-wide relationships, but nodal ones. They are not always at the intersection of system lines but can be catalyzed by historical events, available land, and cultural phenomena. These can explain nodes like The Grove, Wynwood, and Kendall Town and Country. It seems that nodes of access (along with transit stops) are also growing in importance, however, they do not seem to be creating new places, but piggy-backing on existing ones. Placemaking projects along these transit nodes such as Merrick Park and Sunset Place continue to be built with other factors in mind. Access appears to become one of many factors considered. Either way, nodes are a good way to be thinking, and I am glad that developers are following suit.
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