Downtown West Palm Beach’s resurgent Clematis Street, East Little Havana’s funky Calle Ocho and Miami Beach’s lively, historic Espanola Way snagged runner-up video and photo awards Monday in The Miami Herald’s “best block in South Florida’’ contest, setting up a final round of prizes — including the overall winner — later this week.
Still to come: the top, $600 awards for photo and video, the people’s choice selections, and the big one, the Goldman Prize for the best single block in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Those will be unveiled Saturday evening at a public event in Wynwood.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on the best block jury’s two runners-up in the photo and video categories, which showcase some of the region’s iconic urban streets — including not just one but two awards for Clematis, the downtown West Palm street first laid out in 1894, making it one of South Florida’s oldest.
In the video category, the expert jury awarded:Second prize
In the photo category, the jury awarded:Second prize Third prize
“The finalists, picked from 170 photo and video submissions, were selected Monday by four expert jurors: Miami historian and author Arva Moore Parks, Coral Gables-based town planner Victor Dover, West Palm architect Rick Gonzalez, and Gregory Stuart, executive director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. All selections were unanimous.
Urbanist and developer Tony Goldman, who died last month, had agreed to be on the panel before he fell ill. His place was to be taken by his second-in-command at Goldman Properties, Joe Furst, but he bowed out, citing a conflict.
The jury also selected winners in all categories, including the overall best block — the prize named after Goldman. Just for fun, readers also voted for a people’s choice award in both video and photo. Those tallies will also be announced Saturday.
The Miami Herald is sponsoring the competition in partnership with WLRN/Herald News, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Townhouse Center, a nonprofit that promotes redevelopment of urban neighborhoods through construction of human-scaled, multi-use buildings.
It aims to showcase the best urban streets in the region and highlight what makes them work as South Floridians flock to the region’s reviving downtowns, city neighborhoods and suburban town centers for fun, work and commerce.
Submissions were judged on several criteria, including a block’s friendliness to pedestrians, the architecture of its buildings and the mix of activities it hosts, and, for the photo and video categories, for quality and originality of presentation.