Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Miami's Visionary Zoning Plan

Ardently promoted by Miami Mayor Manny Diaz but drafted in large part by architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a new zoning code, known as Miami 21, seeks to encourage street-level pedestrian activity and reduce automobile dependence.

The intent is to develop neighborhoods that will fit to a comfortable scale, with plenty of shops out front and buildings that conform to fixed height limits with upper-story setbacks from the street. At the same time, the goal is to create corridors with enough density that public transit will be viable.

But the most important idea may be the decision to focus on entire neighborhoods, rather than individual projects.

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