I'm not crazy about the quality of life around here
It has literally taken me half an hour to get from North Grove to Center Grove during certain times of the day. Don't even try when Ransom Everglades lets out. I joked with the cop directing traffic there one day, I told him, "I took the bus to school," he said, "I walked!" We both don't get the coddling of the kids that need to be driven and picked up to and from school daily, we don' get this concept. A handful of buses can easily navigate the street that hundreds of cars and parents do every day. What about bicycles? Are these kids too lazy to ride a few blocks to school by bike?
I was late for an important event one morning because traffic was stopped in front of every school between my house and the venue at 7:30 am. At one location, the hold up was 15 minutes in front of one school. Traffic was at a total standstill for 15 minutes.
The condo construction has roads closed too often, many times on weekends, when they think traffic is lighter. It's not. Even sidewalks are torn up in the Center Grove.
Does the Grove need all this gentrification? Whom does it serve other than the few who make money on the jobs and construction?
And these 5K races and events; maybe it's time to give up on hosting them, I don't see these people staying in the Grove afterwards and spending money. They take up all the parking, run around the parks to City Hall and then get in their cars and leave. There is nothing gained by the Grove only closed streets and lack of parking spaces. I had to park in a garage today, at 7:30 am, just to go to the gym because all the street parking, which is usually all open, was taken by the racers. Then at the end of the race they all got in their cars and left. They didn't even have to pay for parking since it was before 10 am, so they basically didn't spend a dime in the Grove.
These races need to be moved downtown or to midtown. Sorry for all the bitching, but Coconut Grove has become an unbearable place to live these days. Just wait for the Main Highway street job and South Bayshore Drive. The worst is yet to come.
Check this column out in the Miami Herald by Fabiola Santiago, I am not the only one fed up: "Residents are fed up with runaway development."
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