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“The market is now very strong. Florida is growing at a tremendous rate. The young are migrating north from the unaffordable counties to the south. Capturing their entrepreneurial spirit for Downtown Vero should not be difficult, as 14th Avenue is already on the rise. "


"Now government should let the free market operate by removing the old impediments. I've been working long enough to know that downtowns get better when the older folks who fear change are persuaded to step aside."


"Vero Beach should allow the next generation of urban pioneers to make a place of their own.”


- Andres Duany, DPZ CoDESIGN

About IdeasforDowntown

Ideas for Downtown is just what it says – a way to share your ideas, both online and in-person, for what you want to see for the future of Downtown Vero Beach.


As you’ve been reading in the press (see the In the News tab) DPZ CoDESIGN’s Andres Duany and his team will lead a five-day Charrette and workshopping process beginning Monday, February 5 through Friday, February 9. Mark your calendar for evening open houses Monday through Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. with a final presentation on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (see schedule and RSVP for events). If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to take the survey, and check back here for a recording of the final presentation.


An outgrowth of a months-long process, Ideas for Downtown is the pre-cursor to adopting a new master plan that includes more housing, commercial and retail space in the area, along with a plan to fund those efforts through an expanded tax increment financing (TIF) district or support from property owners for a business improvement district (BID).


Andres Duany, who led the community process that became the Three Corners project, shared his observations of downtown Vero Beach with City Council members and the Planning and Zoning Board on January 18. You can watch his presentation here (about 20 minutes) and read the minutes here.


We hope to see you in person beginning February 5th.  

DPZ CoDESIGN has been a leader in the practice of planning and urban design for over 30 years. Their philosophy is the platform of New Urbanism, a movement promoting mixed-use, traditional neighborhood planning over the segregated-use suburban sprawl seen worldwide. Co-founders of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), DPZ’s principals have been longtime advocates of urban growth through compact, pedestrian-oriented, transit-friendly communities that continue to shape policy and have recently influenced new sustainability codes.


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