Comments on: Is Punxsatawney Phil raising his head on Flagler Street? http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/06/punxsatawney-phil-raising-head-flagler-street/ The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:57:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: JC Gomez http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/06/punxsatawney-phil-raising-head-flagler-street/#comment-422 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:41:33 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=18915#comment-422 For everything this project is not, it certainly offers one thing: hope. Miami is a city with competing demands. This makes the project all the more challenging. Personally, I’d love to see the city in better fiscal condition to be able to bring this project to fruition. Flagler Street Mall…brilliant idea. I remember when Lincoln Road Mall was a desert, and we all know how that story panned out. Our geographic location provides us an invaluable asset that is globally marketable. Projects like this have value. In the end it is a leadership challenge that may move forward despite setbacks of the past.

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By: Michael Gleason http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/06/punxsatawney-phil-raising-head-flagler-street/#comment-349 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 03:04:42 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=18915#comment-349 Sorry, I ain’t buying it. This whole scheme is a feeble band aid that will do nothing to stall or reverse Flagler Street’s decades-long decline. While Flagler Street has shown some recent signs of life, projects like Brickell CityCentre, the Design District and Midtown Miami will continue to marginalize this one-time civic pulse point. What is Flagler Street’s role in Miami’s future? How will the Magic City’s former “Main Street” weave itself into the fabric of the emerging city. MAM (the relocating Pérez Art Museum Miami) is gone, The main library sees cutbacks looming over the coming years. In all liklihood, Macy’s will leave when its lease is up in 2017. For much of the 20th century, Flagler Street was a destination. Today, it is a glorified “side street” with increasingly little to recommend it. Until Flagler Street is creatively and effectively repurposed, shrubbery and street furniture will provide little more than a drain on scarce resources.

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By: Mr. Gumsandals http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/11/06/punxsatawney-phil-raising-head-flagler-street/#comment-325 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:19:43 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=18915#comment-325 You’re right, this is one more running gag re upgrading Flagler Street. That comment by the first design firm hired to reimagine Flagler was telling: “and a way to make cars ‘almost like an intruder in a pedestrian area.’” Don’t know if anyone has noticed, but our Main Street is nothing more than an alley compared to other such streets in major cities, especially New York. Flagler Street has always been for me a “pedestrian area,” its narrowness is almost comic– if it wasn’t for the constant gridlock. Perhaps a better idea would be to block it off and to turn it into a Lincoln Road Mall. As for that snide remark by one of the commissioners, it’s the “wine and cheese crowd” that’s moving in to downtown Miami and making it come alive. They deserve more respect than that.

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