barryrmillerMiami Beach's Española Way, originally conceived in 1925 as "The Historic Spanish Village, by virtue of its expert historic preservation of beautiful architecture, intimate human scale, vibrant café street life, and mix of office/residential space above the first floor, is the most diverse, lively and BEST BLOCK in South Florida. Active day and night, the wide tree-lined sidewalks and narrow driving lane - often closed for street events - encourages pedestrian strolling, bikes and roller bladers to use the street. The street lighting is also festive without being garish, and is soft on the eyes, allowing the color of the restaurants and signs to define the night time social atmosphere. At the intersection of Drexel Avenue, the Plaza España is found, designed as a continuous plaza from building wall to wall, without curbs, facilitating ADA access as well, while visually integrating the open space. Parking is cleverly designed between Phoenix Palm planters, and concrete bollards define pedestrian and vehicular zones. With its Bohemian atmosphere, Española Way distinguishes itself from most of today’s “popular” streets -dominated by large, high-end corporate owned chain stores - still being home to a unique blend of small shops offering crafts, local apparel, handmade jewelry, furniture and other novelties. And Espanola Way provides plenty of eye candy with its twisting flower trees, historic building details, winding staircases, maze-like connecting alleys and colorful window displays, to keep the folks visiting there constantly dazzled and engaged. #sfbestblock
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