Miami could be getting its very own long thin (vaguely "high-line"-ish) park underneath the Metrorail if South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard can convince the county to act quickly enough. And by quickly we mean by May 13, when the county will vote on whether or not FPL can drop some giant power transmission lines along the underutilized M-Path – that swath of land below the Metro that was originally intended for maintenance .
Dubbed "The GreenLink", the proposal would span a continuous 10-miles through Pinecrest, South Miami, and Coral Gables, and includes renovations of bicycle and pedestrian paths, a landscape plan, and ideally some improved lighting and signage. While no money has been raised, a University of Miami architecture studio has dedicated its semester to documenting the land and designing potential master plans, some of which may provide a basis for future development.
There are a few more days to catch 'Facade' at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, an exhibit of line drawings of many of Downtown's historic building facades, which closes Friday. Included are such masterpieces as the Miami-Dade Courthouse, the Freedom Tower, and the home of the Architecture Center itself, the old U.S. Post Office. Do check it out.
Welcome back to Clocking In, a video series in which Curbed explores one individual's artistic contributions to the great, wide "wheel" of design; in other words, cool stuff cool people create. Care to nominate someone noteworthy? Do send a note.
The series continues with Gregory Bissonnette, a Brooklyn-based editorial stylist, design consultant, and artist whose work—here, it's going into a gracious home on Long Island's Gold Coast and prepping it for a House Beautiful photoshoot—has appeared in all the major shelter mags. Bissonnette arranges flowers just so and pulls accessories into stylish vignettes, all the while "working with the photographer to see what the best angle is," he explains. "And then once that's established, then I try to create a story." This particular story? A pair of Francophiles with three boys, various pets, and, as the homeowner tells the magazine, "friends coming in and out, cocktail parties for 70 people, the clutter of my collecting—and my fashion-driven habit of changing fabrics and colors from season to season." Bissonnette's creative challenge is to make the readers of the May 2014 issue, where this project appears on the cover, feel what any guest would; in the owner's words, "Walk through this house and you'll see where I've been and know who I am right now." Above, give it a watch.
Miami Worldcenter wants to create urban pedestrian promenades with shops and restaurants, à la Lincoln Road, on two of the public streets it's trying to purchase from the city. They plan to construct a building spanning over the third, a block of NE 8th Street, and return it to public use. By sheer square footage, the Worldcenter people say they are giving more area to public use than they are taking away.
Critics have complained that the price the city is being paid by Worldcenter is far too low. Worldcenter's lawyers say the streets, although ceded for public use, aren't technically owned by the city but by adjacent landowners, according to original platting a century ago. Thus the city cannot technically sell them. Worldcenter says closing the streets will weave together the project with the new condo towers to the east. Other critics say the street closures will ensnare traffic, especially during Heat games, where the streets act as dissipators. But at Worldcenter, cars can hit the road, jack. · Developer wants to take control of three Miami streets [Miami Herald]
"Just get the Metromover over there with a $ fare. No need to build a new maintenance yard, no need to buy a new control system, no need to hire new drivers, no need to train new technicians, no noises, less intermodal transfers, no traffic interaction. Metromover, with its automated control can run tighter frequencies that it usually does, thus yielding a substantially larger capacity."—Oronzous [Miami Beach Looking To Buy Block For Baylinke Transit Hub]
To celebrate Earth Day, the Miami New Times has a celebration of 'Miami's Ten Best Hidden Parks', with highlights included Pinetree Park, Fruit and Spice Park, and Alice Wainwright Park, where coincidentally Curbed Editor Sean's parents were married. Awww. [Miami New Times]
It's been practically two years since the new Metrorail station at the Miami Intermodal Center opened for business and construction shifted to the Miami Central Station—the Amtrak and Tri-Rail terminal—portion of the project next door. Now, finally, that side of the transit hub is looking extremely close to being done. We haven't heard any official announcements, but just looking at it shows how close it must be. The tracks have been laid, signage has been installed, landscaping put it, interiors fitted out, etc. When will Miami Central Station open for business? · Miami Intermodal Center coverage [Curbed Miami]
The Terra Group has proposed a condo tower expansion to be built on the empty parking lot on the north side of the former HoJo Dezerland, which will be designed by Allan Shulman. It's a pretty safe bet the old hotel, a Morris Lapidus/Albert Anis-designed gem originally called the Biltmore Terrace Hotel, won't be a Howard Johnson's anymore. The tower would be tall and thin, rising 17 stories and set far back into the site, and would look like one balcony-laden block rotated and placed on top of another. To get the zoning variance required for the additional height, Terra is offering to spend $5-6 million on improvements to North Shore Open Space Park, which is just to the south of the property. An "iconic tropical garden opening onto Collins Avenue", the pool deck, and other landscaping enhancements, are being designed by West 8.