CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: DOWNTOWN
Retail Frontage Diagram The downtown is the primary retail destination of the city. As the preceding pedestrian quali- ty analysis diagram shows, retail continuity is sporadic and interrupted. The charrette propos- es a tighter retail focus than that currently encouraged by the zoning code. The red lines of this diagram propose the area of required retail continuity in Downtown: essentially a pedes- trian circuit from Ponce Circle to Alhambra Circle along Miracle Mile, and including Salzedo and Galiano. The zoning code should be adjusted so as not to require first floor retail outside this area, instead allowing live-work residential and office space to front the street. Further suggestions for the retail health of the downtown area include the positioning of downtown retail in a manner complimentary to Merrick Park once that retail destination opens, and the coordination of merchandising and recruiting merchants to keep the proper retail mix by the Business Improvement District.
A number of other charrette including recommendations, streetscape improvements, signage and parking management changes, will benefit downtown retail.