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CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: RECOMMENDATIONS

These recommendations were generated by the extensive input of citizens, committees, City staff, and stakeholders through the following: completion of a series of pre-Charrette public meetings held in the fall of 2001; review of more than 100 questionnaires that were filled out and submitted, and the public sessions held during the January 2002 Charrette. This input included the work of some fifty professional, faculty and student architects and designers that worked on one of the four teams organized for the Charrette, and who responded with specific recommendations for guiding the future development of the City’s downtown buildings, streets, and public spaces.

This draft of the recommendations was prepared by the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and is the result of two rounds of review and input by City of Coral Gables’ staff representing Planning, Building and Zoning, Development, Historic Preservation and Public Works.

The recommended actions are categorized according to the three main tools of urban enhancement: Design, Policy and Management.

Design actions include the individual projects illustrated in the Master Plan, including the capital improvements, focusing on the public realm, parks, squares, boulevards, streets and pedestrian cross-block passages.

Policy actions provide the regulatory basis for the Master Plan’s implementation, promot- ing the physical predictability of the private building, an important assurance of long term value for property owners and investors.

Management actions regard the ongoing function and maintenance of the physical fabric. Urban management can be facilitated by design and policy in so far as they structure the physical environment for ease of maintenance and long-term value.

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