By: Lance Dixon
Source: Miami Herald
City leaders, merchants and residents gathered Friday for a champagne toast on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables as the first phase of the streetscape construction project was officially unveiled.
Two blocks of the road, from Salzedo to Galiano Street, are complete and feature wider sidewalks with new granite tiles, along with new lighting and trees. Dozens gathered for a celebration of the project’s progress, after some early struggles and delays. The event also featured a performance from the Actors’ Playhouse.
“It’s amazing to see the progress. For 20 years different people in the city have been trying to make this happen,” Commissioner Frank Quesada said.
Merchants on that stretch of the road, like Eddie Snow of Snow’s Jewelers, said that they were happy to see the results of the work after suffering financial losses.
“We’re really happy with it, it looks great. We hope it brings some people back to the Mile,” Snow said.