Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) Advocates for Calle8’s historic character
Through a letter of support addressed to the FDOT, Dade Heritage Trust (DHT), Miami-Dade’s leading historic preservation organization appealed for the return to the original 2-way historic layout of Calle8 in support of its designation by the State of Florida as a historic roadway, and its relation to the City of Miami’s designated portion of little Havana as a local historic resource. [LETTER]
MyCalle8 gains momentum during Viernes Culturales
Hundreds of people attending Viernes Culturales on Feb. 26 stopped by the MyCalle8 booth to review visions of a safer, more walkable Calle Ocho Corridor. Many signed the petition urging FDOT to design for people, not just vehicle capacity. Thanks to Pati Vargas, Director of Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, Inc., for supporting our effort and committing to grow our advocacy by reaching out in the Little Havana community with more petitions for signatures. Thanks also to Carlos Fausto Miranda for helping to spread the vision of MyCalle8.org
Miami’s two-term Mayor Manny Diaz endorses complete streets for Calle Ocho Corridor
Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wrote a letter strongly urging FDOT to redesign the Calle Ocho corridor as a Complete Street. The former IOP Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard wrote that complete streets promote clean air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote safe, convenient alternatives to driving. Diaz spearheaded Miami 21, the first citywide Form-Based Code adopted by a major city, and led the City of Miami to adopting a Complete Streets program in 2009. [letter]
City Commissioner Suarez – for a Better Calle 8
City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (District 4) urges FDOT to apply the concept of Complete Streets to Calle 8 and requests the connection of Little Havana’s businesses with residents and visitors in an enjoyable environment , while significantly improving the quality of life for all who frequent the area. [LETTER]
County Commissioner Xavier Suarez Petitions FDOT for Complete Streets
Commissioner Suarez urges Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to strongly consider complete streets for Miami’s Calle Ocho corridor when the PD&E study of SW 8th and SW 7th streets between SW 27 and Brickell Avenues commences early this year. [LETTER]
FDOT District 6 selects Consultant
FDOT District 6 selects HNTB, a global engineering firm in business more than a century, to study Calle 8. In early 2016, the HNTB team will perform a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study of SW 7th & 8th streets between SW 27 & Brickell avenues.
Mayor petitions State’s FDOT Secretary
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who budget $1 million for Calle Ocho streetscape and sidewalk improvements, writes letter to FDOT state Secretary Jim Boxold – urging a redesign of Calle 8 as a complete street with calmed traffic and a better pedestrian environment. [LETTER]
Pro-bono effort started
A pro-bono effort is launched to advocate for better a pedestrian experience/calmed traffic on SW 7th and SW 8th Streets in Little Havana. TV, radio, print and online media is captivated by the concept of complete streets for My Calle 8.