Mike Lydon is Principal of the Street Plans Collaborative and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Actions for Long-term Change (Island Press, 2015).
After four years of political wrangling, hundreds of public and internal meetings, several revisions, and one determined planning department, consultant team, and Mayor, the City of Miami made urban planning history tonight by adopting the largest known application of a form-based code. In doing so, Miami has catapulted itself to the forefront of those large American cities serious about implementing smart growth.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:45pm PDT
Did you know that yesterday was International Walk to School Day? While many communities may have let this important public awareness opportunity pass by, New York City public school students were out in full force. Perhaps one would expect nothing less in a city where 80% of students already walk to school (transit trips require walking, too!).
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 5:45am PDT
Hundreds of activists, students, politicians, lawyers, developers, architects and planners swarmed Miami's City Hall on Thursday for the City Commission's first reading of Miami 21. By some estimates, nearly 80% of the the 100-plus testimonials were spoken in favor of Miami 21, with Miami Mayor Manny Diaz kicking off the event with an 11-minute pro-Miami 21 paean. It was certainly one of the most eloquent, if not most passionate speech I have heard him deliver during his tenure. Strangely, Commissioner Angel Gonzalez was missing from the dais for what might have been the most important vote of the year. Apparently, the two week notice was delivered in time for him to reschedule surgery.
Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 7:19pm PDT
After more than four years of public meetings, new drafts, extensive revisions, debate, and controversy, Miami 21 is finally scheduled for its first
City Commission reading on August 6th. For all who have, or continue to work patiently and dilligently on the groundbreaking zoning code, this is exciting and relieving news.
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 8:40pm PDT
If you watched or read the news yesterday, then you likely came across the sentencing of Donte Stallworth.
Previously known (maybe) for being an NFL role player, Stallworth will serve a 30 day
sentence for hitting and killing a pedestrian named Mario Reyes while driving intoxicated
here in Miami Beach. The typical sentence for such an offense in Florida is 4 to 15 years. Stallworth will be released just in time for his NFL
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:51am PDT
This past week I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the Next American City's Urban Vanguard conference. Held in Washington DC, the event brought 35 young urban leaders together from a wide variety of backgrounds. The magazine--one of my favorites--did an outstanding job organizing and running the two-day blitz of tours, events, networking opportunities, and intimate conference sessions. In an effort to keep this brief, I have outlined three highlights from the second day of the conference.
Monday, May 25, 2009 - 10:02pm PDT
Friday, May 8, 2009 - 10:53am PDT
Livable streets proponents look back on 2008 as the year
some of the movement’s best laid plans became mainstream. Bicycle sharing
systems launched in both Washington DC
and Montreal. Auto-dependent Charlotte
saw its LYNX light rail surpass 2025 ridership projections, while Seattle also beat ridership projections on its snazzy new Streetcar. And New York City and Portland
continued to reclaim space for less auto-centric uses—witnessing 35% and 25%
growth respectively in bicycle mode share.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 7:28pm PDT
In late 2007, it was with increasing frustration that I penned and op-ed entitled "Make Miami a Bicycle-Friendly City." Appearing in the December 13th edition of the Miami Herald, the article implored City officials to make the city more amenable to bicycling (It was no surprise in the spring of 2008 when Bicycling Magazine named Miami one of the three worst cities in America in which to bicycle
The City's response exceeded all of my expectations.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 2:48pm PST
The most recent bicycle counts from two of America's most progressive cities, New York City and Portland, have been made public. The results are impressive as much as they are instructive.
Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:59am PDT