This past Saturday, Mayor Muoio, Commissioner Materio, and DDA Executive Director Raphael Clemente accompanied a crowd of residents on a walking tour of downtown West Palm Beach. I’d guess there were almost 50 residents who walked – it was a fantastic turnout that far surpassed my expectations, and demonstrates that there’s a lot of people who care about this community.
Everyone was very interested in new development projects underway. We passed by the Hibiscus Marriott Residence Inn which recently broke ground, the Quadrille enhancement project, and spoke about the Evernia Place apartment project. As we passed by the 300 and 400 block of Datura Street, I spoke about the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) funded street tree planting project, and its benefits.
Some specific issues pointed out to the Mayor and her assistant: The need for a better curb alignment at Fern and Quadrille, the conditions on the block where the City Center garage is located, replacement of burned out streetlights throughout downtown, fixing the broken oak tree uplighting on Rosemary, that ugly rubberized mulch in the tree pits on Clematis, and the homeless population. Commissioner Materio explained that the strip club rolling billboards that are a nuisance downtown are difficult to regulate due to first amendment issues, but they continue to look into the issue. Most of these issues were already tagged by the community using SeeClickFix, but there’s nothing like seeing it up close and personal to draw attention to them. The best way to experience a place is by walking it, and the DNA hopes to make this a regular event downtown.
Thanks to everyone who came out on a Saturday, especially our public officials. This was a fun exercise! Please comment below if there were other specific items you identified during the walk.
Map of the route:
Images from the walk: