Last week marked the official deadline for The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge. Throughout the past month, Miamians submitted ideas on how to address our city’s lack of functional, communal, and truly accessible public spaces. To compare with global cities like Mexico City, London and New York City, Miami is considerably behind in urban design that takes into mind the daily and intimate moments of city living, so Miamians took this opportunity to let their ideas soar. Together with Health Foundation of South Florida and Baptist Health South Florida, The Miami Foundation will invest $305,000 to make the top place-making concepts a reality. Miamians submitted ideas that ranged from innovative and inventive to a bit immature and self-seeking. Although submissions are now closed, the ideas can still be voted on, commented, and shared. We picked out twenty of the most interesting ideas (although there are many, many more).—Dana Herndon
1. Miami’s first true public square—a 2.5 acre public plaza à la Washington Square Park in New York or the Place de la Republique in Paris.
2. A garden and cafe in Wynwood that also provides jobs for inner city youths.
3. A park called 27th Ave Curve Healthy Park that brings life to a underutilized piece of land underneath a curve of the Metrorail.
4. A month-long “WATER” event on Miami River that includes art events on boats and water education.
5. A program for high school youths to hand build boats at The Barnacle (which was originally the home of Ralph Munroe, a yacht designer). Back to basics, guys!
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