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Understanding Density vs Height

Everyone has an opinion about density and height, however the relationship between the two is often misinterpreted and misused. Which is why it’s crucial to understand the differences and realize they are NOT the same thing. For the purpose of zoning, density measures...

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Affordability Through Zoning

Affordability is a multifaceted issue that needs to be attacked across SEVERAL fronts. There simply is NO silver bullet that can solve all the individual problems we are facing. To loosely name a few of the problems, we have policy, zoning, transit and economic...

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Parking Maximums not Minimums

Right now the Miami21 zoning code dictates the minimum parking requirements for each building type and use. In some case this is MORE parking that needed and in other cases it is TOO LITTLE, however EVERY project is obligated to have parking. Rather than having the...

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2127 Brickell Ave APT 2201, Miami, FL 33129

FOR SALE: ADDRESS: 2127 Brickell Ave APT 2201, Miami, FL 33129 ASKING PRICE: $2,400,000 AREA: 3,065 Sq Ft SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half-bathroom MLS: A10334588 Coming to the market soon the beautiful apartment 2201 at Bristol Tower. The 01 Line is rarely...

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Miami Mobility Fastrack

As part of its effort to improve public transportation the Miami-Dade County hosted the Fastrack Institute to launch their “Miami Mobility Fastrack” program last week. Overall the event felt like part TED talk, part Singularity University summit, and part futuristic...

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Live.Ride.Share.Miami

For two days last week Miami became the epicenter for public transportation hosting the first-ever shared-use mobility summit called “Live.Ride.Share.Miami” and with the launch of “Miami Mobility Fastrack” by the Fastrack Institute Live.Ride.Share was a unique...

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Density and Transit

Last week I posted an article in LinkedIn that analyzed how land costs in South Florida are so high that it was forcing developers to building further and further away from the urban cores. As part of my post I stated that we needed to increase density and build more...

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19th Century Mentality

As the SMART Plan continues to works its way through the County the more and more it seems to get diluted with each step. A couple of weeks ago, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez retracted on his campaign promise of expanding Miami’s train systems in favor of a...

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Parking Rules Architecture

Parking and Architecture have a very strange relationship. Architecture in its essence is formulaic. Beyond esthetics, a building has to perform a certain way and therefore it is restricted by these functional requirements. Anyone that has studied Modernist...

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5161 Collins Ave Apt 1114 Miami Beach, FL 33140

FOR SALE: ADDRESS: 5161 Collins Ave APT 1114, Miami Beach, FL 33140 ASKING PRICE: $1,280,000 AREA: 1,360 Sq Ft SIZE: 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms MLS: A10312692 Rarely available rotunda apartment at 5151 Seacoast. Unobstructed Ocean views from all rooms. Resort style...

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Miami21 Transects: Subcategories and Uses

Within each Transect there are several subcategories that regulate the uses and intensity of a development. The main categories are Restricted, Limited, and Open and are displayed after each Transect with their first letter, for example a T4-L is short for T4-Limited....

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What is a Transect?

What is a transect? If you are buying a property or developing land in Miami, you must understand its zoning designation. To do so, you must first understand what a transect is. The Transect is an urban planning tool that guides the form of buildings, designates uses,...

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How is building height calculated in Miami 21?

Under Miami21 calculating height is pretty straight forward. However, there are several technicalities to consider. Most traditional zoning codes set a maximum height and you have to design under that limit. You can fit as many floors as physically possible under that...

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What is the Miami21?

To understand the variables that affect your land and its value, we need to first talk about zoning. To summarize the Miami21 code into a 300-word blog is pretty much impossible. As the blog grows, so will your knowledge and understanding about this code. After much...

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What Affects Property Value?

What affects property values? The four major factors that influence the value of a property are: Location Zoning Property Size Condition In general, these apply to both residential and commercial real estate but we will take a closer look at that in later posts. Let’s...

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2101 Brickell Ave APT 2411, Miami, FL 33129

FOR SALE: ADDRESS: 2101 Brickell Ave APT 2411, Miami, FL 33129 ASKING PRICE: $327,000 AREA: 791 Sq Ft SIZE: 1 bedroom, 1 full bathrooms, MLS: A10222165 Beautiful 1/1 apartment on Brickell Ave. Southern views of Coral Gables, The Roads, and Coconut Grove. See...

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