Rethinking the FIU Bridge Collapse

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Following the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction adjacent to the FIU campus, Victor Dover and Kenneth Garcia published a pair of articles in Miami's Community Newspapers about the tragedy, showing how Eighth Street could be reimagined as a street that makes safety a priority and puts people first.

"Why did a pedestrian bridge seem needed in the first place?" Because "Eighth Street is, after all, a dangerous, ugly highway that repels one from choosing to walk, bike, or use transit."

The underlying problem is a street that's dangerous to cross on foot or bike. The following animated sequence shows how Eighth Street could evolve from a street that is solely dedicated to single-occupant car trips to an true inter-modal street that supports walking, biking and transit.

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