Transit Miami Campaigns to Close Wynwood Streets During Second Saturday Art Walk

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If you're sick of weaving in and out of idling traffic during Wynwood's Second Saturday Art Walk -- particularly after a couple cocktails -- you're not alone. Many think the popular monthly gathering has gotten too big to remain exclusively a sidewalk affair, and to ensure the public's safety, street closure is the next logical step.

Local advocacy organization Transit Miami (TM) is leading a campaign to close NW Second Avenue for the monthly cultural festival. The group, which advocates "multi-modal" forms of transportation, is taking to the web to launch a "Put the Walk into Wynwood's Art Walk" campaign.

Irked with the lack of logical "walking" space at an event designed for pedestrians, not to mention the potential dangers involved, the TM team decided they were the appropriate voice to harness the efforts.

"We're limiting the potential of the event. We're dedicating too much space for cars and not enough space for people," says Craig Chester, a Transit Miami writer. For Art Walk to continue to evolve, he argues, more public space is a necessity.

Via Facebook and other avenues, the team is encouraging Miamians to get on board with convincing the City of Miami and local Wynwood stakeholders to arrange for a temporary street closure during the monthly event.

Currently, Transit says there's only eight feet of pavement reserved for walkers, while 40 is free for cars to sit idle, honking, revving and generally getting in the way of everything. Chester says the team has also spoken with the Open Streets Project, an organization that offers resources to groups like theirs working for temporary street closures so people can "walk, bike, dance, play, and socialize."


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gentrified
gentrified

So the cultural elitists are not only going to tell us what our city will look like (miami 21) but now they want to tell when we can drive when to walk and when to roll over. I think the new urbanists should just come out of the closet already and declare themselves for what they are, busy body fascist elites.

 

how many of the cultural elites actually live in the neighborhood they are subjecting this increase in traffic, garbage and noise? You think someone is going to ride a bike to this thing? a bus? are you kidding? This will push traffic further into the neighborhood which brings with it people parking in your yard, blaring music, honking horns and leaving trash behind.  at least the traffic was confined to the more commercial streets of the area, but with this move the spillover will go into the blue collar working class real miami neighborhood that up until now has only had to deal with a once a year trampling by out of touch pseudo intellectual cultural elitists snobs. now it will be once a month, just because a bunch of douchebags with a blog and facebook page  who don't even live in the neighborhood feel like forcing everyone to live inside their own narrow minded western colonial model of urbanism.

 

I would say this is just another form of gentrification, but its worse. at least the people who gentrify actually end up investing and living in the neighborhood they have targeted. in this case these people fly into the neighborhood, crap all over it, and fly out, like seagulls. Just a question do the food trucks pay any impact fees? they also take their money out of the neighborhood. just like the artists, that have all taken their talents to the west coast or anywhere else, once the get noticed and can cash in on that new miami swag street cred bullshit. what is their lasting contribution to the area? grafitti? really?its all just hype, and some crafty opportunists pushing their agenda.

 

This is a nice little expenditure of tax dollars as well. at a time when we are laying off people left and right, we are going through the trouble of closing streets and rerouting traffic in a neighborhood that didn't ask for it. and dont tell me the studios are part of the neighborhood. Im talking about the people who actually live there and have lived there long before the wave of hype took over. 

Wendy Marani
Wendy Marani

hat aout thoe of us that arriv on the bus? I am concerned about the surrounding hood and heher I really want to wlk more than a bockfrom 2nd

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

This is a great idea; in fact, it is THEE only idea,

particularly if the food trucks are going to line the streets.

 

Last month was unsustainable. Close the NW 2nd for five blocks...

Maybe set up tables for the food trucks so people don't have to sit in the gutter...

 

Park in the side streets, or maybe up a little in midtown;

maybe create a shuttle, like during Basel. Or maybe ride bike. Done and done..

james504
james504

makes sense to do this-- Art Walk is increasingly popular and needs the cars out of the way

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

Awesome! @Charles...what crime? There is crime all over Mayne! All of Miami is a Ghetto unless you got some loot to burn! Enjoy life and forget about the crimes!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Naa I'd rather get run over by winos driving after pounding a few..

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

I'd just like to clarify we're primarily looking at NW 2nd Ave. between 28th streets and 22nd streets, which is the densest area of human activity. The grid of Wynwood makes this realistic, as there are many east-west and north-south connections that provide for parking opportunities and traffic flow. The reality is that a very minuscule percentage of ArtWalk visitors are able to park on that section of NW 2nd Avenue. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support so far!

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

Primarily we are looking to close only a few blocks of NW 2nd Ave to motor vehicles for the event. There are many cross streets and east-west corridors that will ensure traffic flow and parking opportunities. We are primarily eyeing NW 2nd Ave between 28th streets and 23rd streets. 

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

thats a horrible idea! where would anyone park?

RANTone
RANTone

then where the fuck would we park? this is a horrible idea. if you cant arrive on time, then you have to deal with the traffic for a few hours (which only happens once per month!)

 

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

 @gentrified  don't hate, relate . . .

 

no offense, but this article is talking about closing 4-6 city blocks of NW 2nd Avenue for five hours a night, one day per month. That's it.

 

Let's call it a block party, bro.

 

If you're familiar with the neighborhood, which you seem to be, you'd know that the event (on NW 2nd Ave) could be accessed off of Miami Avenue, and also NW 5th Ave. These streets are filled with places to park. You'd also know that most of this neighborhood is commercial property, warehouses, ect. The residential area of Edgewater / Wynwood is north of 29th street and would hardly be effected..

 

Also, when you use phrases like "out of touch pseudo intellectual cultural elitist snobs" you sound like an out-of-touch pseudo intellectual cultural elitist snob; psychologists call this projection. You should call one up; your soapbox cracked . .

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

And don't think of it as "closing" the street. Really, we're going to open it up for people. 

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

 @jjcolagrande  @gentrified It's more a matter of public safety at this point. The rant seems more against the development of Wynwood rather than a temporary few-block street closure. 

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