Once again, reality is being denied. The approval of the giant new mega-mall in Northwest Miami-Dade is but another example of a failure to recognize the reality of life in Greater Miami. There are too many people here. And they all drive automobiles.
It is impossible to get anywhere, any time of the day or night, without being rendered inert by traffic. In short, it’s a nightmare.
The continued blanket approval of construction of condos, mega malls and arenas with no consideration of the traffic these projects will generate is so shortsighted that it reminds one of the children’s fairy tales where a naked emperor parades through his realm and the people denied reality.
It’s time to recognize reality. Instead of approving projects that will only exacerbate the traffic problem, let’s insist that developers pay for development of mass transit to and from their pet projects. They have burdened all of us with their free ride for too long.
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Eugene P. Rosenthal, Miami