Painted Intersection Project in Fort Lauderdale

Painted intersection in Fort Lauderdale, FL ( E Las Olas Blvd & SE 3rd Av)
Painted intersection in Fort Lauderdale, FL ( E Las Olas Blvd & SE 3rd Av)

Fort Lauderdale is a great city. This city never sleeps. There is always something going on. There are lots of changes happening all the time.

I wrote already in my blog before about some things that I have noticed changing around and transforming this great city. I wrote about the new high-rise construction in downtown. In this blog post I wrote about outdoor art. Here I wrote about new colorful bike lanes paintings on Las Olas Bolevard. I wrote about Broward College Downtown Campus coming down.  When we combine all these little changes, we get big transformatiion of Fort Lauderdale as a whole.

There is another City of Fort Lauderdale project that I wanted to write about. Did you notice the colorful painted intersection at East Las Olas Boulevard and SE 3rd Avenue in Downtown Fort Lauderdale?

 

Why Was Street Pavement Painted?

Fort Lauderdale has started Connecting the Blocks Painted Intersection Project. It is first of its kind in the city and Broward County. This Painted Intersection Project should compliment “Fort Lauderdale’s identity as a fun, dynamic, pedestrian-friendly destination” also it should “help create a safer balance between cars and people”.

 

Other Cities That Have Turned Public Spaces Into Street Art:

A Whale Surfaces on Graham Street – Seattle, WA

Coloring Inside the Lanes – Portland, OR

Intersection Painting – North End, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Los Angeles Eco-Village – Los Angeles, CA

Ocean City NJ Paints a Street – Ocean City, NJ

St Paul Storm-Drain Mural– St. Paul, MN

Painted Pavement Beautifies Tribeca Street – New York, NY

Paint the Pavement – Boulder, CO

Paint the Pavement – Corcoran neighborhood, MN

Paint the Pavement – Powderhorn Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL

Paint the Street Fantastic – Portland, OR

The 8th and Holman Intersection Repair – Portland, OR

 

Broward College Downtown Campus Is Coming Down

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Broward College Downtown Campus has moved to the shared building with Florida Atlantic University, at the address 111 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

In February 28th, 2017 The Broward College District Board of Trustees entered into an pre-development agreement and ground lease with Stiles Corporation for the redevelopment of Willis Holcombe Center, address 225 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The work at the Broward College Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus has started.

The studens and administrative employees have moved to the building on Las Olas Boulevard,  that Broward College shared with Florida Atlantic University.

Once completed, the new facility will create spaces that would benefit students attending the downtown center. The outdoor courtyard will provide a flexible, multi-use plaza for events, student activities, classroom instruction, and public gathering places. The new project will have lots of upgrades that include a pavilion for outdoor events and classes, and affordable restaurants and shops near campus.

In addition to spaces for College use, the facility will incorporate approximately 380,000 square feet of office space, 17,500 square feet of ground floor retail and dining, and an associated parking structure.

Stiles Corporation acquired parcel adjacent to the Broward College Campus and to the north, so the final project will include one city block on Las Olas Blvd. between SE 2nd Ave. and SE 3rd Ave.

The mixed use development will improve the pedestrian experience, and will be served by the Wave street car.

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Las Olas Food and Wine Festival

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Yesterday was crowded on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Friday, April 20th, 2018 was the day of a very popular event – Las Olas Wine & Food Festival.

Since the festival started for over 20 years ago, it was to raise money for the  benefit of American Lung Association.

Guests enjoyed dishes from 50+ of South Florida’s finest restaurants and more then 200 wines, spirits, and breweries.

This year it was 23rd Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival.

Please enjoy some pictures from the event!

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Las Olas Boulevard Safety Improvements Project

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Las Olas Boulevard has the bright green coating installed where the bike lanes meet roadway intersections and driveways.

There are a lot of changes done to East Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Forl Lauderdale, FL

If you are driving a car, riding a bike, or even walking along Las Olas Boulevard, you can notice the various modifications done.

This is Las Olas Boulevard Safety Improvements Demontration Project.

It is part of an overall Community Investment Plan for safety and traffic improvements within the Colee Hammock neighborhood, also along S.E. 15th Avenue. The project is the way tocreate a safer connection for people traveling by car, bike or foot on the Las Olas Boulevard.

Hopefully, the new changes will increase safety for all users while connecting Las Olas Boulevard to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

There are bright green and blue areas painted on the roadway. New signs for bike lane and car parking, so be careful and pay attention.

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Light blue color painting on the Las Olas Boulevard indicates that the area is reserved for future placemaking uses such as parklets, sidewalk extensions, and landscaping.
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Las Olas Boulevard sign informs people driving and riding bicycles where they should be biking or parking. Vehicles should never park in a bike lane.

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Italian Festival in Fort Lauderdale

If you enjoy Italian food, there is Italian festival this weekend in downtown Fort Lauderdale at Huizenga Park. The Taste of Little Italy 2017 runs March 3 through March 5. There is great food, music, and art. Also, there are lots of activities to keep everyone entertained : cooking demos, wine seminars, festival rides and bocce game to play at the pavilion.The festival runs Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $10. It is FREE for children 12 and under.