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Consortium issues vision for South Florida's future


The future prosperity and livability of the seven-county Southeast Florida region could hinge on the development of commuter rail and walkable infill neighborhoods in urban centers, installation of high-tech infrastructure to spur economic growth, and an aggressive — and likely costly — adaptation to sea-level rise that would otherwise swamp low-lying communities.

Those are some of the far-reaching conclusions of a consortium of planners, public officials and civic and business leaders who on Wednesday wrapped up an unprecedented three-year effort to develop a voluntary blueprint to guide the super-region’s growth through 2060.

Dubbed Seven/50, the consortium released a lengthy but accessibly readable, interactive and hyperlinked online report — available at — that contains a detailed portrait of the region, identifies common trends, needs and issues, and sets out a broad range of strategies to address them.

Already, Seven/50 leaders say, the plan has given impulse to some significant cooperative efforts across political and public-private boundaries in the region.

More here.