Several months ago my 5-year-old son and I started working out at the Focused Movement Academy (FMA). This gym was established to meet a growing need in the South Florida area to develop and train individuals at all levels of fitness. Your goal might be to become stronger or faster, or maybe you want to do your best to prepare for an upcoming race. You may want to be able to lift heavier weights, become more flexible, or simply just get a great workout. FMA will help you achieve your goals with top-notch coaching and programming to optimize your training.
Focused Movement Academy is not Just for Adults
If you have a kid in the 5-13 age group, don’t hesitate to sign them up for the Warrior Kids program. This is a youth development and team building program designed to teach and encourage boys and girls to live a healthy lifestyle and keep them fit, motivated and focused. They will learn to build endurance and conquer any obstacle. While they are burning off all that extra energy that they are blessed with, they will also be improving their balance and increasing their mental and physical strength.
The Obstacle Course
By far the most popular part of the Warrior Kids program is the obstacle course. The obstacle course is not only for recreational training, but participants can move on to taking part in obstacle course racing. Kids are placed into suitable teams and trained both individually and as a team. While having fun and without being aware of it, youngsters are being taught vital life skills such as mental toughness, problem-solving, discipline, safety, injury prevention, and healthy nutrition. The climax of each racing season is a championship “playoff” followed by the presentation of awards.
A Free Trial
Focused Movement Academy is located at 7269 NE 4th Avenue in Miami. While your youngster is having a fun time, you can pursue your own fitness goals. It’s a perfect way to bond with your son or daughter and compare notes. New kid students can be registered for a free trial class Monday through Friday. Just click on the schedule in this link to sign your kid up. Neither you nor your kid will regret it.
Time to crush it!
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Real estate developers orchestrate the talents of many team members and balance the interests of a variety of constituents. As a creator of the urban landscape, the developer must navigate the challenging waters of complex public policy, private needs and desires and the constant risks and responsibilities associated with building a superior environment.
This intensive introduction to real estate development will communicate the basic skills necessary to be a successful developer and examine the required capabilities. You will be asked to participate in discussions and share your ideas on the challenges of real estate development. This is an interactive seminar with your comments, questions and ideas as an essential ingredient.
October 13, 2018 8:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m.
University of Miami School of Architecture 1223 Dickenson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Rinker Classroom.
Smart Growth America is one of the leading advocates for federal policies and programs that support the best in neighborhood development. Its ongoing research helps shape the national discourse on how development strategies can improve the lives of urbanists.
Dangerous by Design
In the 2016 Dangerous by Design study by Smart Growth America, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach region was ranked eleventh out of the top twenty areas that are the most dangerous for pedestrians. Between 2005 and 2014, there were a total of 1,508 pedestrian deaths in this area (click here and go to page 5).
Tops on the PDI Index
Florida has the unfortunate honor of topping out as number one on the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) – click here and go to page 9). In fact, the Sunshine State is number one on the most dangerous list for the fourth consecutive time. It’s also home to eight of the ten most dangerous metro areas in the nation.
The Importance of Good Street Design
Smart Growth America holds the firm belief that the way streets are designed is a major factor in fatal vehicle collisions. Many pedestrian deaths happen because of a lethal combination of fast-moving cars and poor pedestrian infrastructure. As long as roads are built to prioritize high speeds at the cost of pedestrian safety, this will remain a problem. Policy makers at every level – local, state, and national – can and must take action to protect pedestrians from being struck and killed by cars.
Biscayne Boulevard (36th Street to 87th Street)
The following table is from the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) and purports to show the number of vehicle crashes along Biscayne Boulevard during the past eight years.
If you add up these figures, you get a total of 2,553 crashes over this eight-year period (and 2018 isn’t even finished yet). FDOT also states that these crashes involved 64 pedestrians and/or cyclists. In spite of these statistics, in correspondence with the FDOT, the impression that is being conveyed is that FDOT doesn’t believe there is a safety issue along Biscayne Boulevard.
Why is Biscayne Boulevard so Dangerous?
Many of the mid-block crosswalks are not working and aren’t repaired in a timely manner. Even though both FDOT and Miami Dade Transit (MDT) have been made aware of this problem, the crosswalks still have not been repaired. School has started, and it’s just reprehensible that there are not enough safe crosswalks to cross Biscayne Boulevard. In fact, the principal at Morningside Academy arranged for students to be bused three blocks to Legion Park because Biscayne Boulevard is too dangerous to cross. This is absolutely not acceptable. FDOT claims that repairs are the responsibility of MDT.
Biscayne Boulevard not a Top Priority for FDOT
There is obviously plenty of room for improvement, yet the crash data that FDOT has provided does not seem to sufficiently motivate FDOT to make Biscayne Boulevard safer. The question must be asked, just how many more crashes and pedestrian/cyclist injuries/fatalities have to occur, to make safety along Biscayne Boulevard an FDOT top priority?
A Failed Safety Experiment
The mid-block crosswalks along Biscayne Boulevard are fairly recent installations. Unfortunately, although this may have seemed like a good idea, these crosswalks are being regularly hit by speeding vehicles and then not repaired in a timely manner. So, it would seem that this is an experiment that is not working out.
What is FDOT Doing to Improve Safety?
It seems that FDOT’s only solution to the problem of pedestrian safety is to add more mid-block crosswalks without also addressing the problem of design speed and speeding vehicles. This approach begs the question, how does adding more mid-block crosswalks, which are constantly being hit by speeding cars and in need of repair, make Biscayne Boulevard safer for pedestrians and cyclists? In addition, from the data FDOT provided, it could be concluded that mid-block crosswalks may have contributed to 32 rear-end collisions.
FDOT’S Response to Questions Raised
FDOT Also Stated the Following:
It’s unclear if the number of crashes (2,553) provided by FDOT only includes collisions between motor vehicles. We don’t know if it also includes crashes into light poles, traffic signs, traffic lights, bus stops, medians, mid-block crosswalks, trees, etc, where an accident report may have not be filed.
Slow Response from Miami Dade Transit (MDT)
MDT was made aware nearly 4 months ago that many of the mid-blocks crosswalks along Biscayne Boulevard were not working properly; however, it took MDT nearly four months to reply to weekly emails as to why the mid-block crosswalks haven’t been repaired or when they will be repaired. Last week we were informed by MDT that many of the mid-block crosswalks will need to be replaced entirely because they are irreparable. It will likely be at least another 6 months before repairs will be made because the repair project needs to go to RFP. It seems reasonable that repairs should be made within two to four weeks, not 10 months.
Although careless and/or distracted driving is likely the cause of many crashes, the reality is that careless road/street design also plays a significant part in many unnecessary crashes. It seems many of these crashes could be avoided with proper traffic calming initiatives which FDOT has failed to implement after repeated requests from area residents and businesses. If safety is the highest priority for FDOT, it would seem logical that FDOT would have put a project in place to reduce the design speed (not reduce the speed limit) of this road. Unfortunately, it seems that FDOT’s only solution is to add more mid-block crosswalks without also addressing the design speed of the road.
The FDOT’S Stated Position
Safety and mobility for all users of the transportation system – whether they are motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians – are the highest priorities for FDOT. Meaningful enforcement, awareness through education, and engineering are the three legs of the FDOT’s safety program. It is recognized that pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike can become complacent about safety in the prolonged absence of effective traffic enforcement. Rules of the road are in place to protect all users, and each user has the responsibility to adhere to the rules specific to them. Routine and on-going enforcement is essential to any successful strategy.
Recent FDOT Project
Let’s also take an opportunity to highlight a recent FDOT project that was completed on Biscayne Boulevard which illustrates how FDOT does not consider pedestrians. A new center median was constructed from 33rd St. to 36th St., but FDOT failed to include any crosswalks for three blocks. Per the Miami 21 Zoning Code, this area allows for mixed-use zoning and allows up to 150 dwelling units per acre. See full development potential for this area below. This is already a densely populated area, and as you can see, it will only become more densely populated in the coming years.
Everyone involved in the design of streets – from federal policymakers to local elected leaders to transportation engineers – must take the necessary action to reduce pedestrian deaths. Collectively, there’s much more we can do to make Biscayne Boulevard safer for everyone and the authorities cannot continue to turn a blind eye. How many more crashes and pedestrian/cyclist injuries/fatalities do we need in order to make safety along Biscayne Boulevard a priority for FDOT and MDT?
Miami 21 was a great leap forward in urban zoning for Miami and for the world. At the time it became law, its greatest attribute was reduced complexity — basically four zoning districts and almost no overlays or special exceptions — and thus increased predictability for both residents and developers. But no document so large is without its glitches, and Miami 21 was intended to be constantly refined. ULI will bring together experts to discuss and prioritize fixes to Miami 21 that incorporate new best practices, address new challenges, and remove obstacles to the city we want to become.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
98 Southeast Seventh Street, Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131