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Table for 400: Miami's Latest Experiment, Taste of Avenue 3

3rd Avenue pop-up

It's not every day that you can enjoy an intimate meal with 400 of your closest friends, but community dinners are a thing. And Miami isn't going to be left out of this trend. Are we ever? Enter Taste of Avenue 3. The Miami Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program--funded in part by a grant from NYC's Transit Center--is facilitating and developing community lead, short-term and inexpensive transportation improvements on Miami streets. Think light and quick and cheap. For four days, from October 17-20, Avenue 3 Miami was transformed into a pedestrian street using bright paint, movable planters, a gorgeous and impeccably designed seating module (designed by Glenda Puente and Moonlighter Makerspace, and constructed by Moonlighter Makerspace), string lights and games. And let's not forget one super mega dinner table.

In the long term, after the paint has faded, the seating module will be permanent and NE 3rd Avenue, between Flagler and NE 2nd, will become a more pedestrian-friendly street with some permanent changes like better lighting and public art. For the project visionary, Downtown resident Steven Dutton, and multiple community partners, persistence pays off. But for now, let's see what they did to transform the space for the evening event and capture the community's reaction for the longer-term project.


A Whole Lotta Paint:

It started with paint, but not just any paint, really bright, neon paint with cute little characters doing fun things- things you would do if you were enjoying 3rd Avenue as the designers intend. The cones were the County's tool for protecting volunteers during the installation, but Miami loves their parking spaces, and it took some real shmoozing to get folk to understand the temporary nature of the design.

It's always good to have a sign to explain what you're actually doing. This one says that the project is a demonstration and gives some interesting facts and historical context, for example, Third Avenue used to be called Short Street. Good to know! It also doubles to pretty up the barricades that were required by County traffic control requirements.