The world is full of builders and there are quite a few in South Florida. Monday greeted the reader with more building projects detailing the increasing demand for smaller housing for the millennials unwilling or unable to purchase a home. The article speaks to three separate examples, two in Miami, of “chic affordability” with great locations for public displaying of public displays. For cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago and others with accessible public transportation, that’s great. But for South Florida, not so much. And the current & prospective government leaders of South Florida are as reluctant to improve Metrorail as a millennial purchasing a home.
When you search “Regalado on Traffic”, the prominent Mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado has a full page dedicated to the transportation issue. What you’ll find is a promise for a more detailed plan and nothing about Metrorail. Consequently, nothing from Carlos Gimenez, incumbent Mayor of Miami, speaking about public transportation, only something from January talking about how Uber (?) will help (doesn’t that add traffic?).
So when the targeted millennial considers a living space made for their way of life, they also have to consider what happens when they exit the premises. The limitations of getting anywhere on Metrorail, which means they commit to owning, renting, or leasing a car. So, to sign on the dotted line, they have to purchase car insurance in a no-fault state with some of the highest rates in the country. After that, they get to be packed like sardines like the rest of those unfortunate South Floridians who drive to work because this train is not a ticket to ride. At least the weather is nice while you are stuck in traffic. So who are the builders of the proposed biggest Mall in the United States fooling?
So when talking about a mall of epic proportions we are talking families traveling, not shopping on Amazon. This is/was (what happened to this since January?) where days could be spent and tourism would be a prime motivator. But if the reader does a CTRL-F for the word “train”, they will find the word “strain” used in the sentence “…how much the developments would strain nearby highways and roads.” Of course the builder had no comment when asked about this crucial part of the equation. It’s not the responsibility of the builder to speak on traffic concerns. So who speaks for the public? Those affected financially by development.
Like Miami Beach, who filed a “friend of the court” brief in a suit by Genting to get legal clearance to operate a casino at the old Miami Herald site. Of course they are concerned about traffic just like the politicians who snookered the public on Miami Marlins stadium.
One reason millennials are not buying property anymore is because it isn’t only about the property anymore. It’s about being flexible outside of 400 square feet and having a transportation system that works at their disposal. Why would they lock in when there is a whole world outside of South Florida with better transportation options offering the same 400 square feet.