Does Main Highway project really need to happen?
A young guy came up to me in the street, a college student, I think; he asked me about the proposed work for Main Highway, he was concerned. I didn't think college students cared about this stuff, but apparently they do. I guess the total disruption of our Main artery for almost a year is a big issue that people don't want to face.
The county admits that there are no major problems on Main Highway and it really does not need to be dug up and re-piped. It seems that it all started because of the complaint from one business owner who has flooding near his business. The project could hurt Coconut Grove for a year. There is all this talk of "the new Grove" starting to take root, but this project will stop it all in its tracks. Many of the sidewalks were all just redone (on city owned streets as opposed to county owned streets, like Main Highway), which took a toll on businesses that had to suffer through the dust, dirt and lack of customers and now in the works are Bird Avenue (to be treated just like 27 Avenue, I suspect, the never-ending project) and then South Bayshore Drive. The only flooding I ever see on South Bayshore Drive after a heavy rain is near Kennedy Park in one small area and possibly near 17th Avenue, probably an easy fix that does not entail digging up and redoing a mile of the road, which will again, probably end up being a never-ending project which will affect everything; traffic will be a nightmare, entering and leaving the Grove will be almost non-existent.
I suspect the only reason for doing these projects it to redo the infrastructure in anticipation of major high rise development, like up and down 27th Avenue and up and down South Bayshore Drive. And as others have pointed out, possibly the Center Grove, where high rise development is imminent. The experts seem to feel that we don't need to dig up every street and sidewalk and incapacitate the Grove for years to come. It's so obvious what is going on. Has any other historic area in the country been re-sidewalked, re-streeted, re-piped and over-built this fast?
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