Instead, a pair of local street planners propose redesigning the street below.
Juan Pablo Garnham is editor of CityLab Latino. Previously he has worked in El Diario and NY1 Noticias, in New York. In his home country of Chile, he worked as a reporter for Qué Pasa magazine and El Mercurio newspaper. He is based in Miami.
Apr 4, 2018
A rendering of Sweetwater, Florida’s Eighth Street, reimagined as a tree-lined boulevard. Dover, Kohl & Partners Instead, a pair of local street planners propose redesigning the street below.
It’s been three weeks since a pedestrian bridge that had been billed as ”an engineering feat” collapsed over a busy Southwest Eighth Street in a Miami suburb, killing six motorists. So far, there are still more questions than answers about the cause of the incident near the Sweetwater campus of Florida International University. But beyond the technical reasons why the structure failed, there’s a deeper issue: Was a 174-foot bridge that spanned eight lanes of traffic ever the best solution in the first place?