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Moving Forward: Wynwood’s Property Owners to Vote for Improvements

May will be a big month for Wynwood – property owners will be voting to form a Business Improvement District, which will help to raise money that will be used for neighborhood priorities. One such priority is security.

The initiative has recently been unanimously approved by Miami City Commissioners and is being driven by a group of influential business and property owners in the form of a Steering Committee. The Committee is comprised of over 60 members. The initiative is now in the hands of commercial property owners in the area between 1-95 and N. Miami Ave, north of the downtown area. A majority of 50.1% in favor is needed to make the improvement plans a reality.

“Our Business Improvement District (BID) will give Wynwood a single voice speaking for the commercial area,” said David Collins, the director of the Wynwood BID project. “With one voice, we will be much more powerful advocates to demand better and expanded City services.” Property owners will be investing money in needs such as better sanitation and enhanced street lighting, as part of the BID plan.

Property owners will cast a vote for each commercial folio they own. There will be a June 4 in-person poll election scheduled to be held at the Wynwood Walls, after the four week mail-in ballot period in May.

“Business improvement districts happen to revive commerce in urban areas,” said Collins, “It allows them to self-invest as commercial communities.” Project advocates see the BID plan as the next step towards a Wynwood transformation from a past as an industrial warehouse district to a future as a vibrant pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.

“I think we’re definitely on the right track,” said Collins.

Story by Aisha Moktadier. Photo by Martha Cooper.

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CNN Features Wynwood Ways Project

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new project happening in Wynwood called Wynwood Ways, which aims to help the District grow and develop as a more pedestrian-friendly destination. The project, a collaboration between Miami Biennale and the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA), got some time in the limelight with an interview via CNN on Monday, April 29.

The first step of the project is complete. Miami Biennale and WADA teamed up with artist Maestro Carlos Cruz-Diez to create the area’s first artistic crosswalk. It features a kinetic design that actually changes as the pedestrian crosses. The crosswalk is dedicated to visionary Tony Goldman.

“We’re at a moment where we’re trying to secure funding in order to make sure that the project is successfully completed,” says Jose Nava of WADA. “It’s important to note that this is an ongoing collaboration, and has tons of potential to transform this area of the city.” The project is expected to increase to 31 intersections and include other forms of new pedestrian infrastructure such as waste receptacles and bike lanes.

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“We want Wynwood to be a place that is welcoming to pedestrians and has a focus on culture,” says Nava.

-Story and Photos by Aisha Moktadier