Talks of turning a stretch of Biscayne Boulveard into a pedestrian-friendly grand promenade have been in the works for a few years, and now we've finally got an idea of what that might look like.
The Miami Downtown Development Authority has released a video rendering of architects Behar-Font & Partners plans for the strip that has now been dubbed "the Biscayne Green."
The plan would stretch from Biscayne Boulevard Way to the American Airlines Arena, basically the meat of downtown north of the Miami River. Museum Park is notably not part of the plan.
A portion of Biscayne Boulevard would be narrowed from four lanes to two, making car traffic move slower through the corridor, but hopefully inviting more pedestrian and bike traffic. Many existing parking spots between the north and southbound lanes would be eliminated to create pedestrian friendly areas.
The plan would call for food and other vendors to operate in those areas.
Other features would involve:
- A dedicated bicycle lane.
- Wider sidewalks.
- Increased landscaping.
- The possibility of adding kiosks to the medians now occupied by parking lots.
- The possibility of reconfiguring existing intersections.
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