Big Plans for the Magic City

The much-awaited Miami 21 plan will have its first reading at tomorrow’s city commission meeting at 9 a.m. For those who aren’t well-versed on the intricacies of New Urbanism principles, Miami 21 is a proposed overhaul of the city’s zoning code. In other words, it’s a blueprint that will (allegedly) make the city more liveable. City officials use phrases such as “smart growth,” “open space” and “pedestrian friendly” to describe the components of the plan (phrases that aren’t usually used to describe our fair city).

Will any residents show up at the meeting? Does anyone care? Or are city residents so beaten down by scandals, traffic and unaffordable housing that Miami 21 will be seen as another bureaucratic mess? Stay tuned.

For Miami 21 details, go here. Transit Miami, Critical Miami and Boom or Bust: Miami also offer analysis on the issue. -Tamara Lush