Gardens Kitchen Gardens & Community Gardens

Gardens provide nutritious food and can be a catalyst for neighborhood pride and community social networks. Gardens also provide exercise and can help families reduce household costs. Community gardens should be considered in parks. Raised planting boxes allow the use of healthy soils if lead or other contaminants are present…

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Fresh & Healthy Food Farmer’s Markets & Grocery Stores Gardens

Obesity and diet-related diseases have been linked to limited access to fresh, nutritious food and easy access to fast food and convenience store snacks. Municipalities should identify opportunities to locate grocery stores and farmer’s markets near underserved areas. Zoning regulations that prohibit roadside produce stands and farmer’s markets should be…

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Athletic Events What’s Your 5k Time?

Southeast Florida is an ideal year-round venue for outdoor amateur sports like 5K run/walk events, marathons, triathlons, long-distance swims, and cycling events. These events require partnerships between professional event organizers and municipalities to temporarily close streets, provide security, advertise and sponsor the events, and identify event spaces. These events create…

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Shade The Pedestrian Allow Encroachments To Shade Sidewalks

Building attachments such as porches, balconies, and stoops infuse neighborhoods with activity and movement. To incentivize these, codes should permit these attachments to be constructed within the setback zones, where they may be considered a bonus to the building. Awnings and arcades on commercial building afford a dual benefit: providing…

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Rear Alleys & Lanes Service, Storage & Access

Rear alleys and lanes add significant value to neighborhoods by providing while hiding many of the unsightly but necessary elements of modern life, such as parking and utilities. Rear-facing garages create unbroken streetscapes, making them more visually appealing. Alleys are most common in urban locations; they are wider than the…

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Street Trees Safety, Shade & Value

Street trees provide a natural border to street space, create shade for pedestrians, decrease traffic speed by creating a visual friction that results in more cautious driving, and increase property values. Ecologically, street trees reduce heat island effects and filter airborne particles and groundwater pollutants. In urban locations, shade streets…

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