The City of Miami surprisingly approved Walmart's application for a permit in Midtown Miami this week. We get the message loud and clear. Walmart's money talks, the public's concerns can walk.
If Walmart builds its Midtown Miami location as it is designed today, the potential for pedestrian injury could be high. The plan is riddled with design flaws and areas that don't meet zoning code.
Walmart's plan has not complied since conception, nor at any time of submission -- because it is basically the same request, only repeated, and repeated again.
Once your city sets a precedent ignoring clearly articulated standards to Walmart, how can they say no to the next developer to come along with an idea to make money at the expense of rational planning?
Right now it's time for the City of Miami to heed the will of its citizens, stakeholders and the plans we've created for Midtown Miami and issue a firm denial of application to Walmart.