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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

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Image via Curbed Miami

Image via Curbed Miami

Miami is planning to transform Biscayne Boulevard in its downtown into a true promenade. The Downtown Development Authority hired consultants to envision the changes, and the results are above. Below is what Biscayne Boulevard looks like today, courtesy of Google Street Views. Yes, that's a parking lot in the median.

There's no reason more American cities can't do the same - it adds tremendous real estate value and will enhance the quality of life of everyone except those wanting to speed through quickly. I'm looking at you, Western and Midwestern cities with really wide downtown streets.

Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, FL

Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, FL

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