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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Making better public spaces in Miami

There is this new contest which seems like a perfect fit for Coconut Grove. It's called “Our Miami Public Space Challenge," a project of the Miami Foundation.

The concept is to come up with "feasible, creative ideas for a shared public space that can give a specific neighborhood a meaningful boost in livability and identity." They want to create neighborhood public spaces that are pedestrian-friendly and have a community feel.

While parks come to mind, they are looking for something different. Think about a space where locals gather and mix and mingle. Where is that, is it here, does it need to be created?

Entries may be submitted here: www.ourmiami.org. Photos and videos may be submitted. And the winner will receive $100,000 if one or more of the winning entries is built.

A panel of community representatives and professionals will select winners by early October. The number of winners will depend on the number of outstanding, feasible submissions and how much money they require to be implemented.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Author Dan Buettner in his book titled Blue Zones identifies 5 zones in the world where folks average age is 100/120, which he attributes to a series of pathways & trails stranded by social gathering places, libraries, eating places, not necessarily restaurants, more like farmers markets, plenty of water, which serve one and one purpose only; to enhance socialization, friendship & a spirit of community over the lifetime of its residents. The Grove is very, very close to this concept as evidence by the number of people pushing so many baby carriages and/or while walking their dogs. The vine contributes to this concept.

August 19, 2013 4:48 PM  

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