Visions of Vibrancy: South Beach

January 13, 2014 6 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known comsopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities such as Jacksonville, that have struggled with embracing walkability. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly.


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Awnings and canopies are an excellent way to enhance the pedestrian experience in a tropical climate known for high humidity, afternoon thunderstorms and blazing heat.


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Large parking lots are hard to find in South Beach. This is because the City of Miami Beach is one of the densest cities in the Southeastern United States with 12,539.8 residents per square mile. This built environment makes it a place where the pedestrian experience becomes a major priority.


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