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Read about Coral Gables Magazine’s profile of The Underline’s journey from idea to implementation in this in-depth story about the vision, leaders, collaborators, partners and supporters who are making it happen!  The full story is here: https://bit.ly/2MoqBU1

How do you transform 300 miles of dead space below New York’s roads and trains into activated public community gathering spots? Much like The Underline, NYC’s Department of Transportation with the help of the Design Trust for Public Space is launching pilot programs to do just that.  Plus, they are experimenting with systems to use stormwater runoff and special lighting to try to grow plants to clean the air in these forgotten spaces.  Read the full article here.

Judy and Jon Zeder hosted a cocktail celebration for the planned 10-mile world-class linear smart park, urban trail and living art destination at their residence.

Guests mingled, enjoyed cocktails + refreshments while hearing Board of Trustee member Judy Zeder’s passion for the project. The Underline Founder, Meg Daly, shared that groundbreaking  is scheduled for the end of this year. Alan Bernstein gave a moving presentation on why he and his wife contributed to The Underline’s endowment in honor of the late Parker Thomson.  Notable guests included Camilo and Nina Miguel, Jorge Plasencia, Katherine Rubino, Arden Karson, Alan and Jayusia Bernstein, Lydia and Rudy Touzet, Brian Keeley, Jeff Berkowitz, Erin Newberg, Nick D’Annunzio and Raul Moas. To view the evening’s photos, click here.

Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, London and now Albany; New York’s High Line has inspired cities all over the globe to recycle and rebuild. From elevated parks to trails underneath freeways, cities are recycling abandoned space and turning it into world-class multi-use corridors for all to enjoy. Next in line is the Albany Skyway, which is set to transform a half-mile of an underutilized highway space that will link downtown NY to the Hudson River waterfront park. To read more about the Skyway’s progress, click here.

Attention all yogis! UnderFit Yoga powered by Baptist Health South Florida is kicking into a summer schedule June 2nd – August 25th.  Friends of The Underline will now offer the same high-quality one-hour yoga classes with our favorite teachers every other Saturdayat 10am at Brickell City Centre’s 2nd level, right by the Zara store. For more information and to register, please visit Eventbrite here.

Today there are more than 57 million Americans living with disabilities which is why The Underline project follows Universal Design principles providing accessibility for everyone.  From safer street crossings, wheelchair park access and separated paths, our lead design team, James Corner Field Operations, ensured The Underline will transform the way EVERYONE lives, works and plays in our beautiful city. To read more on how to make a community accessible by all for all, click here.

Dear Friends,

We regret that because rain is forecast for this Saturday 5/19/18,  Friends of The Underline has decided to postpone The Underline Painting Party event. We truly appreciate the support and enthusiasm for this event and we will let you know as soon as we reschedule with our community partners. Thank you.

– The Underline Team

Self-driving cars or hyperloop tunnels? Who will win the race to be the most innovative transportation solution for urban living? This writer from Wired is betting on 100-year old technology … the bike. Find out how the humble 2-wheel contraption has been shaped and shifted to meet our lifestyle demands and how it’s competing with some of the most expensive transportation technology being planned and tested today. As drivers become riders, these bicycles are more efficient requiring less space, less roads (and we are all about that.) Read up on how the bicycle is changing the name of the transit game here.

We are pleased to share the exciting progress of The Underline project.  Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works Department in partnership with Friends of The Underline have made rapid progress in advancing this transformative 10-mile transportation, recreational and public space initiative.

Championed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, The Underline’s first phase Brickell Backyard has received notice to proceed for the construction phase from the Florida Department of Transportation. This phase, when completed, will extend from the Miami River to Coral Way and it will feature two trails, one for pedestrians and one for bicyclists, an outdoor gym for both basketball, soccer, plus stretching and strengthening equipment, a dog friendly area, group exercise park, performance stage, communal and gaming tables, food concessions, bike parking, and public art.  Additionally the intersections/crossings at SW 7th, 8th and 13th Streets will be enhanced to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Miami-Dade County will be leading the construction phase of The Underline and will advertise for competitive bids in May with the goal of beginning construction by the end of the year.

Phase II of the project from Coral Way to SW 19th Avenue will begin advertising for a design build team on the 3rd quarter of this year. This 2.14 mile segment will feature the two trails running through the Roads, Vizcaya and Silver Bluff neighborhoods. A public meeting notice will be sent to solicit community input on this trail segment.  Crossings at SW 16th, 17th and 19th Avenues will be improved for enhanced user safety and will be implemented by our partner FDOT.

Make sure to follow @theunderlinemia and visit our website regularly for more project updates soon.

Friends of The Underline was featured in Miami lifestyle hub, Brickellista Files, for its second #UnderlineSocial of 2018. The free event is organized by The Underline’s Young Professionals Organization and is slated for Thursday, May 3rd at Miami hot spot, Casa Florida. At the event, RSVP’s will get a first-hand update from The Underline founder, CEO & President Meg Daly, and learn about ways they can support the project. To read more, click here.