Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The recent improvements to 62nd Avenue are – hopefully – a harbinger of a better interventions to come. They show a good grasp of some important urban design practices:
Some improvements we’d like to see: crosswalks. The major streets in Miami are laid out on a half-mile grid (there are major arteries every half mile, both north-south and east-west), and pedestrian crosswalks are typically spaced at half-mile intervals. This means that two kids living on SW 68th Street on either sides of SW 62nd Avenue would need to walk 2,700 feet to visit each other, even if they only live 100 feet apart. This encourages jaywalking, which, in turn, fuels the unconscionable pedestrian fatality rate in South Florida. We need more crosswalks.