The entire community should rally in opposition to Florida International University’s ill-conceived plans to snatch the Youth Fair out of the heart of Miami-Dade. FIU doesn’t need additional land; it needs to use its expansive campus better. If it needs additional space for academic buildings, it should look no further than its sprawling sun-baked parking lots that, if replaced by multistory parking garages, would yield up more than enough space for academic buildings. From being a poster child for poor planning and land use, FIU could morph into a model of modern urban design.
Urban universities exist in other major cities without the absurd notion that they should provide dormitories for the students. FIU is surrounded by apartment buildings and should be seen (as planned) as a destination for and major support of mass transportation.
FIU doesn’t need the Fairgrounds, but Miami-Dade does. Nowhere else in the county exists an accessible venue for the fair and all of the other events that take place there annually, contributing untold millions to the economy and bringing tourists from across the nation and the world.
Martin R. Motes, Redland