Here's a Pretty Rendering of a Bunch of Parks That Might Never Be Built Near the Arsht Center
It sure makes for a pretty picture.
The keyword here is aspirational. Though the group obtained the services of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and a traffic consulting firm, this project certainly won't be realized anytime soon. The group lacks the property and doesn't have the money to buy any. So, for example, clubgoers: Don't get worked up over the fact that there's some fictional midrise building where the Vagabond now sits (though it is a bit puzzling that the plan, aspirational as it may be, doesn't include the few existing places in the neighborhood west of the Arsht where people actually go at night, or anytime for that matter).
"This is an idea of what the area might look like 40 years from now," the plan's architect tells the Miami Herald.
So don't expect pocket parks to pop up overnight. It's basically a vision and the first part of a dialogue. Which is nice, considering Miami's last big urban boom centered around the vision of individual developers and not as a dialogue among politicians, existing property owners, residents, and developers. It's nice to know someone has a vision for the vacant lots and empty buildings in the area that doesn't include stuffing them with casinos, skyscrapers, and Walmarts.
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