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Pop-Up Project Focuses on North Marina Street Improvements in Clearwater

Pop-up street features in Clearwater, Florida (83 Degrees Media)
The North Marina area in Clearwater, Florida has long boasted its own distinct identity. Last summer, the city’s Planning and Development Department launched a new pop-up event series in North Marina as a way for city staff to study how to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the area. Read more... Read more

City Of Gainesville Prepared To Work With Student Organization To Paint Crosswalks

Gainesville street (Source: WUFT)
The City of Gainesville is prepared to work with the Students for the New Urbanism at University of Florida to paint crosswalk art that will enhance the beauty of the city while improving pedestrian safety. The students state that crosswalk art can act as a traffic-calming device for busy intersections with a lot of foot and automobile traffic. The interesting designs help attract more attention from commuters and draw them into appreciating the crosswalk as a pedestrian space. Read more... Read more

Sustainability with Trees: Community Canopy Project

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In this webinar, learn how a community canopy project focused on distributing trees can fit with your sustainability efforts, help maximize energy efficiency, and engage homeowners within your community. Kristen Bousquet from the Arbor Day Foundation and program partner Ian Jurgensen, with the city of Orlando, will discuss how tree distribution to homeowners creates an opportunity to interact positively with your community. Register now... Read more

Are You a Millennial? Fort Myers Wants You to Move Downtown

Downtown Fort Myers, also known as The River District (Andrew West / The News-Press)
Fort Myers officials are willing to rewrite the law books to make shopping, dining and living around downtown more attractive to millennials. Higher density around downtown means more buildings for urban housing, retail and coffee shops. The city’s goal seems simple: diversify the economy, create a walkable environment and establish a hub of activity. Then, theoretically, millennials will come. Read more... Read more

Will Cafes in Shipping Containers and a Pop-Up Park Bring Life to Desolate Omni West?

A repurposed shipping container serves as an outdoor bar at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. (John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe)
If there’s one thing not lacking in the western reaches of Miami’s desolate but very-slowly-coming-to-life Omni district, it’s vacant land. So a city agency, neighborhood activists and the Pérez Art Museum Miami are collaborating to put some of it to good use right away. Their plan: to create a pop-up park on seven acres of state-owned land. Read more... Read more

Downtown as a Template for Miami’s Future

Miami's Metrorail train in downtown Miami, Florida. (Reuters/Joe Skipper)
People in Miami love their cars, and for good reason: it’s not exactly one of the most walkable large cities in the U.S. And yet there are signs Miami is trading in its decades of auto-centric urban design for a denser, more pedestrian-friendly model. Downtown Miami is leading the charge into that walkable future. Read more... Read more

Sprawl Could Gobble up Another 5 Million Acres in Florida by 2070

By 2070, if the state continues its existing pattern of development, about 5 million more acres will be consumed by housing projects, shopping malls and other uses needed to accommodate and projected 15 million more residents.
Over the next 50 years, Florida’s swelling population is expected to gobble up another 15 percent — or 5 million acres — of the state’s disappearing farms, forests and unprotected green space, according to a new study. But with smarter planning that concentrates growth around urban cores, researchers found they could save up to 1.5 million acres. Read more... Read more
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