Originally Posted by brickell
Kind of silly argument. Airplanes aren't the reason downtown isn't any better. If anything we need a shorter height limit and more buildings.
It is silly, but it really wasn't an argument. Both of us just had different takes on the reasons for lack of a very tall tower in Miami. Though I think we both acknowledge that the height restriction and lack of large corporate/financial/industrial/etc. HQ presence and influence in Miami are both factors. I do agree that the height restriction is a part of it. Politicians have gotten involved, so it's become a more of a mess than it ever needed to be.
More mid-rise and low-rise buildings to fill in the gaps would bring a much greater human scale to downtown and Brickell. There have been many improvements, but it can still feel like "no-man's land" sometimes. I'd love to see many more nice 5-10 story (and shorter) residential buildings constructed to fill in gaps and provide balance to the skyline... not just another mega development with massive parking garages like the Brickell Citicentre or another 50 floor ultra-expensive condo tower. To create a cool environment in the downtown area, Miami needs to think more like South Beach --- accessible, walkable, bikeable, human-scaled.