Hi Wilda, It is crazy how much thr city has grown. I grew up in Coral Springs, not to far from Miami. When we were young we use to come party in Miami. The changes are wildly rapid!
Mmm, that makes sense about the growth due to the entrepreneurial boom. Thanks for sharing that perspective!
I currently live in Coconut Grove, Miami, FL ;-)
Although I personally don’t drive (I bike, walk, use public transit, and Uber), I think it has to do a lot with people being (1) attached to their cars (love there cars as you put it ;-) and (2) the experience they encounter when they use public transit.
(1) People want to be able to go anywhere any time. Public transit is not available near my house at the drop of a hat. I have to schedule my day aroun the schedule of public transportation, instead of being able to leave my house when I am ready and perhaps waiting only a little bit for a ride. Which is why I prefer Uber!
(2) Most people taking public transit seem to be of lower socioeconomic class. I believe in compassion for all and have a practice to see sentient being with equality (even if I do this imperfectly). But many people “don’t want to ride next to individuals of lower classes” : (
I did live in LA for 6 months, and notice similar patters. People want to keep their cars, even in the worst traffic conditions. They highways were congested on the time with traffic at all hours of the day. I know Miami is on track for this, is kind of already there, but it will get worse. However, I do think there is hope with millennials as we have a different view on live/work balance and how we want to spend our time and energy. Sitting in traffic is not contributing to my well-being, which is why I choose other methods to travel.
I love meeting people from all over the world when I Uber and travel on public transit. It’s Miami after all and the experience can be so much fun! It’s about perspective and I think the younger generation has it.
I agree on the above, immediate non-capital solutions. But bike rentals are usually used by vacationers on weekends. I do see the rental scooters being used by local kids.
In the end I would love seeing more people out of their cars, but I am not sure that will be the case. We will see an increase in all the above: foot traffic, bike traffic, and car traffic. People that love their cars will continue to do so. Younger generations and immigrants may increase foot traffic, and everyday we see more and more bikes. So I think all of them need to be addresses. At some point large cost capital improvements will need to come in. It’s inevitable.