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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The changes on Commodore Plaza

The street work looks like its going quite fast on Commodore Plaza and many of the large trees have been preserved. I was told that if a business calls up the City or County and states that they would like their trees preserved, they will be preserved. Unfortunately, there a businesses willing to see the trees be destroyed for whatever reason but for the most part, the canopy looks good. 

These large oaks in front of the Arts & Minds School are nice, but they're not the same as 80 year old shade trees. 
I never realized how ugly these buildings were before. Guess the former trees were hiding the facades.

I can't help think that the whole streetscape plan was tied in with all the sales going on in Coconut Grove. Too much change going on. Too few landowners now. One friend was told we'll be like New York's West Village soon. To be honest, it's all organic in the West Village. Old buildings were preserved there and so were the sidewalks and trees. You're walking on 200 year old sidewalks there. They don't dig them up and replace them every few years like we do here. Same with the trees. The West Village trees are old. And only one or two people don't own the West Village.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think those buildings are ugly. I happen to like the looks of them. I least they aren't the cookie cutter type that you usually see all over South Florida.

July 23, 2014 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The buildings are what makes the Grove, the Grove. You can't have eclecticism without a bit of something for everybody.

One can say the same thing about the people in the Grove. From alcoholic vagrants with chlorine colored beards to wealthy South American tourists; you need to take it all in.

July 23, 2014 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waste of money we do not have to replace what we have, very twisted.

July 23, 2014 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all so wasteful and stupid. Also, it's nearly as absurd as it is pathetic to compare the grove to the west village. Delusions of grandeur.

July 23, 2014 1:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

Tom, have you forgotten that they removed every old growth tree along Grand Avenue when they did that streetscape several years ago now, and for what seemed like forever there were dying sticks in their place? They did the same there, with less care to maintain the healthy trees, and a bunch of businesses went under because it took so long.

July 23, 2014 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in the Grove for 35+ years and love the old canopy, but I am pleasantly surprised at how nice the new trees look and how quickly and efficiently the process has gone. I was at both Greenstreet's and Lokal this week and access was not impeded in any way. The new planters are bigger and deeper than before which should make for healthier trees. And I believe I saw plants that were going in to landscape the area around the trees. I feel optimistic that it will look very nice when finished. And the shade will be back before we know it. I give it a thumbs up!

July 23, 2014 5:08 PM  
Blogger F. said...

I love the buildings! They look beautiful.

July 23, 2014 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Sad To See How The Grove Has been Destroyed!!!!!!

July 23, 2014 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So sad to see how you've confused the Grove with some other place.

July 23, 2014 5:44 PM  

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