Midtown Miami Gets Defensive About Its "Green Space"

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The two-and-a-half acre plot of grass and nothingness in the center of Midtown Miami has had a tumultuous history. Now only known as the "Green Space", it was supposed to become a series of fancy gardens. That was scrapped in early 2011 after the high-falutin' landscaper never got past the tear-up-the-ground-and-throw-shit-around stage.

It's a natural space for a park, and people--not the people with the money, mind you-- have bandied around forward-thinking ideas. This January, a construction company was hired to flatten the area and return it to its grassy splendor so people could hang out there while developers figured out what to do with it.

But now, as Curbed Miami points out, there have been "Private Property" signs erected, telling people to keep off the now-flattened grass... or not? When we reached out to Midtown Miami for an explanation, shit got confusing.

We emailed Midtown's director of operations, Deborah Samuels. We noted the signs "barring pedestrians," as we put it in our email, from the space and asked her what the property might become.

She called in what you might call a pseudo-huff. "The sign doesn't 'ban' people from the property," Samuels corrected us. "There are holes and mounds and other things. We're just trying to keep people from falling."

We then asked Samuels what will be built in that space. "We're just trying to figure out now what makes sense," she said. She added that she thinks whatever is built there will follow Midtown's current "vision" of a "boutique walking-around area", rather than a "generic shopping center".

That's right, Target. You're boutique. You too, Starbucks. Also you, um, Ross Dress For Less. Go on with your bad selves. (Update: Samuels does not apparently believe these big-box stores are "boutique". She called to tell us that she was referring to the half of Midtown that has Sugarcane and the Cheese Course, and other mostly-independent restaurants and stores.)

We asked Samuels if the Green Space might become a park.

"No, I don't think so," she replied.

She then reiterated that nobody's been "banned" from the grass -- but also added that it is indeed private property.

So if we're understanding correctly, go ahead and laze on the grass in your lunch hour. Play tackle football, even. Host a dog-fighting ring there. But just don't sue Midtown Miami when you get hurt. To be on the safe side, we're going to say here that you also shouldn't sue us, either.

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ray
ray

DPZ, the consultants who sold us "Miami 21", claimed Midtown was the perfect model of what they created for us, for Miami. And, all plans for there, always showed high rises, on that empty lot. No one listened when a few activists screamed that Samuels, DPZ and the city, were masking over the longer term plans (for Midtown and the city). ... residents didn't come to city meetings to complain: about Midtown, or Miami 21. Commissioner Sarnoff pushed for it, lied about what both plans included, and lined his pockets from it. He was re-elected. What is the surprise here about the Midtown square?

All Concrete, All the Time
All Concrete, All the Time

Miami 21 the new disgraced City of Miami zoning code has absolutely nothing to do with Midtown Miami.  Midtown Miami's zoning was set years ago.  All the vacant lots will be developed to the max as soon as the market allows.  Midtown has no space set aside for a park.  Miami 21 is a disgrace.

Michael Buzz
Michael Buzz

Haven't you seen the master plan for Midtown? That plot would have been developed along with the rest of the area, but the economy tanked. When the recovery truly happens, the green space will be developed to the hilt. Don't expect developers to put in more than required. They need to maximize their profits. 10% park land is a joke!

Bob Cox
Bob Cox

Who the fuck wants to lie down or play there anyways?! That's nothing more than a huge toilet for dog shit. It's like 'Nam, instead of mines it's dog shit. It's fucking disgusting. If you want to lie down on a bed of shit give me a call, I'll come to your home and shit on your pillow for free.

UMdev
UMdev

You clearly don't know much about the code. Most of that 10% open space is already taken care of in the setbacks and places like the plaza.

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Being private owners of an open space like Midtown's "Green" is a tightrope.  Of course they'd like to let you, your dog, your aunt and family do anything you'd like there... but the reality is we live in a litigious society and one bad apple will find a way to ruin their bunch without proper signage and warnings.  It's a tough situation and I'm glad they haven't put up a fence and told everyone to take a hike to the edges of the property where public domain sidewalks are pretty much exempt from the follies of the overly lawyered sharks who pray on the kindness of strangers

Golfersparadise
Golfersparadise

It is a disgrace if this land is developed, of course it should be a park! What morons at city hall  approved this gigantic midtown project with zero public parks?

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