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CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: PUBLIC PROCESS

Day Three was marked by a pair of Saturday morning events. A children's charrette, organized by Lisa Bohl and Eddy Lamas, engaged families with children of all ages in proposals for a more beautiful downtown. Adults heard topical sessions including an economic overview, a merchan- dizing presentation, a Mediterranean Ordinance update, a Merrick Park update, a traffic and park- ing session and a trolley route explanation.

In conjunction with the presentations and meetings Friday and Saturday, and all day Sunday and Monday, designers responded to the voiced concerns with proposals of solutions and enhance- ments.

Day Four consisted of a public review session. The late Sunday afternoon drawing pin-up event gave residents, many of whom had attended sessions during the previous three days, their first glimpse of the ideas emerging for improved streetscapes, pedestrian pathways, infill buildings, boulevarded streets and other urban enhancements.

Day Five was spent organizing all the work and finalizing the Master Plan. A final presentation in the evening showed slides of the drawings produced during the charrette, illustrating the recom- mended actions. The presentation was enthusiastically received by a packed house.

Mayor Don Slesnick noted that the charrette process came about by a unanimous vote of the commission, that there was a tremendous bonding between city staff and residents during the event and that each commission member would take a piece of the charrette to help carry out.

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