By force of habit, we can live in a city and come to accept the degradation of our surroundings. Urban changes take place slowly, and we may not notice them because we move around these environments as part of our daily lives. Suddenly we realize the beauty is no more. Let's face it, Miami has become a weird mix of traffic-clogged highways, strip malls, cheap “pleasant villages,” parking-lot wastelands with sparse green areas strewn in between, and plenty of sun with no shade. Our city is becoming ugly. The construction is shoddy, the housing developments tedious, the architecture anti-functional. Few aesthetic standards are being set, by private initiative or through city planning or zoning laws. As examples, take a look at three areas: Brickell Avenue, Liberty City, and the typical city-lim... More >>>