And now there are what, seven? eight?
|Seth, courtesy of his Facebook page|
I have lived in Coconut Grove for more than 47 years and am a candidate for City Commission in District 2 because I would like to implement some positive changes in Miami. I enjoy Coconut Grove because it is unique and for years have been advocating for some architectural integrity which combines our historical origins of Key West and Bahamian style architecture with American innovation. I like porches, verandas, and shaded areas which reduce the need for constant air conditioning and which utilize the natural breezes. I would prefer that our architecture be recognized as Coconut Grove rather than Coral Gables or Miami Beach.
Shopping areas should be reflective of the community, not a tourist destination of big box stores. Fast food franchises should find other communities to pollute, and I would prefer restaurants that reflected our surrounding fresh seafood and semi-tropical agriculture, exotic fruits and caribbean cultures.
The answer to parking is not expensive high rise parking garages but discrete yet covenient parking facilities. Alternative transportation such as rickshaws (which the powers that be have outlawed in the Grove) are a green alternative to parking problems and getting around.
I strongly advocate for free city-wide Wi-Fi and feel developers should be barred from making campaign contributions, both ideas which have worked well on Miami Beach.
Little Havana is an example of extremely bad zoning which created hundreds of inappropriate buildings crowded together with apartment buildings and historical homes which should be preserved. We need to have the input of planners, architects, designers and citizens to come up with a workable plan to have that area revitalized to reflect its history, including the Tamiami Trail as well as Calle Ocho, the same street with very different concepts, which could become a blend of the past, the present and the future and draw on the best from each, retaining its proximity to downtown, its tourist draw yet retain its worth as a residential urban community without displacing its long time residents but giving them an economic base in which to prosper. Density will be inevitably increased, but it should be based on need and utility, not on greed and making a few developers and insiders richer. There needs to be an overall plan, but not a disaster like Miami 21.
Downtown and Brickell must be made more people friendly for pedestrians, joggers, bicycles and the traffic clogging nightmares and inadequate expensive parking must be resolved.
The Omni area and upper east side also have to be carefully planned or we will wind up with a concrete canyon along Biscayne Boulevard with barely any sunlight able to penetrate the bulwark of concrete.
There are some major projects that will determine the nature and character if the area. The Genting project will define the area and will either the beginning of greatness or the beginning of disaster and we all must be alert to the possibilities.
The upper east side is another unpolished jewel which has the potential for greatness with careful planning and preservation of the MiMo style and possibilities yet retention of scale and overall theme.
Midtown, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Overtown, Spring Garden, Shenandoah, Flagami and dozens of other neighborhoods I will address in future discussions, but I have spent a lot of time walking through them, engaging in historical renovation and preservation as a general contractor, and understanding the dynamics of each neighborhood throughout the City of Miami and not just District 2.
If you have ideas I would like to hear about them at SethforMiami@gmail.com
candidate for Miami City Commission District 2,
phone 305 525-6982.
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