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Old May 4th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #1
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Old May 4th, 2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Really? Thats what they want to do with that chunk of swamp and views of the everglades and suburban rooftops? C'mon. Im all for this urban type of stuff, but this just seems wierd.
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Really? Thats what they want to do with that chunk of swamp and views of the everglades and suburban rooftops? C'mon. Im all for this urban type of stuff, but this just seems wierd.
I agree it's odd but people will travel to that location. Isn't Sawgrass Mills something like the single most visited tourist "destination" in South Florida? I know the arena and the mall also market themselves somewhat to the Gulf Coast---considering it part of their extended market because of the proximity to Alligator Alley---not sure how much success they've had doing that, though.

Not really where I'd want to spend my time, though, agreed.
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its just because cruise ships just drop off tourist at the mall, but i agree this looks really dumb and i hate the this new trend of creating these small urbanized strips in the middle of nowhere, its happening everywhere now...this stuff can't be considered urban just because they add a couple of walkable streets in the middle of the suburbs.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #5
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It's an interesting concept, but it's next to the Everglades, come on. This would be a great project in and around the Arsht Center. Imagine the Miami World Center, north of it, Oz and north of that, Midtown. Now, that's awesome urbanism. Either way, I'd rather see more urban projects like this than, another mall or suburban strip malls.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:12 PM   #6
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It's an interesting concept, but it's next to the Everglades, come on. This would be a great project in and around the Arsht Center. Imagine the Miami World Center, north of it, Oz and north of that, Midtown. Now, that's awesome urbanism. Either way, I'd rather see more urban projects like this than, another mall or suburban strip malls.
that spot is already taken by Wynwood which if you ask me it's already a lot more urban chic and authentic than OZ will ever hope to be
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that spot is already taken by Wynwood which if you ask me it's already a lot more urban chic and authentic than OZ will ever hope to be
Agreed...and I absolutely hate these phony "town center" concepts that try to recreate something that was never there in the first place, too.

The worst (to me) in South Florida are the ones that use faux gas lamps and any variety of antique-styled architectural flourishes to recall a look and time that has no historical relevance to the region whatsoever. It's as if they're trying to conjure out of Pembroke Pines or wherever some quaint New England town circa 1905 (with Pottery Barn and Banana Republic, of course) without any regard to the actual history and look of South Florida. It's about as 'real' as a Disney set, but I guess a lot of folks eat it up.

South Florida can--and should---go bold with that stuff. Why recall somebody else's past?
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