Lincoln Road, the outdoor promenade in Miami's South Beach, is a popular tourist thoroughfare but has lost some of its former charm: The street's original architectural features, including the black-and-white patterned ground, have faded, and the area becomes too cluttered for pedestrians. But a $43 million makeover, partially helmed by the architect behind one of the U.S.'s most notable rails-to-trails projects, seeks to restore the pedestrian mall's original appeal.

The latest design for the project includes lots of aesthetic enhancements, including remaking the currently turf-covered oval in the center of the mall into an amphitheater with a prismatic floor. The ground will be replaced with black-and-white concrete so that signature piano key motif won't need to be repainted every year. In general, the area will be more lush and easier for pedestrians to navigate, but will still leave room for cafes' outdoor tables.

A rendering of the revamped Lincoln Hall road (James Corner Field Operations)

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, who designed the High Line linear park in New York City on an old elevated railroad, is designing the project.

Changes are a long way off, however: The city doesn't plan to start construction until May 2018, and likely infrastructure improvements—including improving drainage—will take first priority.


Lincoln Road owners: We like new design but what will construction cost us? [Miami Herald]