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National Wildlife Federation: Miami Upcycle The Underline adds art, gardens and safe spaces to play under the city’s rails.

October 13, 2021
by Meg Daly

National Wildlife Foundation

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE and, in the aftermath, thought of countless ways to prevent the same thing from happening to others? Or viewed an old historic site and had an idea of how to bring it back to life? 

Miami resident Meg Daly experienced both. Unable to drive after breaking both her arms in a biking accident near Miami’s old rail line in 2013, Daly began riding the city’s elevated Metrorail—built over the old line—to maintain her mobility. While embracing the slower pace of life, she came up with a “crazy idea”—a dream to create a safe space under the elevated rail where people could bike, jog or enjoy nature right in the heart of the city. 

That dream is coming to fruition with the completion of the first phase of a $143 million urban trail and public art space known as The Underline. Daly has been a full-time volunteer and CEO of the project since it began—but it has been a collaborative effort from day one. 

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