Another block to shop

On Monday, the city of Miami Beach plans to open this stretch of Lincoln Road to pedestrians.

The shopping, dining and people-watching on Lincoln Road gets a block closer Monday, when the newest pedestrian block — the area east of Alton Road between the Regal South Beach Theater and the still under-construction parking/retail complex adjacent to the old SunBank building — opens to all of us just a 10-minute stroll from Belle Isle.

At first, it will mean a broader walkway, better outdoor dining for restaurants like Doraku and Baile’s. In the spring or summer, when the parking/retail builing opens, it will add more stores and food, including the first Shake Shack outside of New York. That should really heat up the South Beach Burger Wars (Beer and Burger, 8 Ounce, Five Guys, etc….)

From the city’s press release for the opening event at 1 p.m. Monday:

The plaza features interactive public art by New York artist Dan Graham. A water garden with native trees and other features use Morris Lapidus’ legendary designs as inspirations. A new, multi-use structure on the north end adds 250 parking spaces and includes retail, residential and office space. Raymond Jungles, a Miami-based landscape architect, designed the public plaza and pedestrian promenade in collaboration with Swiss-based architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron, the architect of the 1111 Lincoln Road project. Herzog & de Meuron are the designers of the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the Miami Art Museum.

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