The Real Deal Miami

Biscayne Boulevard revival hints at potential of Miami 21

August 05, 2009 02:34PM

The revival of Biscayne Boulevard is being touted as a small scale example of how the Miami 21 rezoning plan could transform the city. The neighborhood, once empty and forbidding, is now a 12-block swath of pedestrian activity, with foot traffic from residents and shoppers, all drawn by reasonable rents and support for a local focus. Planners say the density of residential and small-scale commercial use mirrors the goals of the larger rezoning program, said land-use lawyer and Miami 21 supporter Neisen Kasdin, a former Miami Beach mayor and vice chairman of Miami’s downtown Development Authority. The plan remains under debate.