Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen recognizes The Underline’s Meg Daly

May 29, 2017

On May 1st, we thank Honorable Ileana Ros Lehtinen for recognizing The Underline’s Meg Daly in US Congress.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate Meg Daly, who is the founder of The Underline, a wonderful 10-mile linear park and urban trail in my congressional district that will serve to connect hundreds of Americans across Miami-Dade County through safe, alternative methods of transportation.

In 2013, Meg had an unfortunate accident that broke both of her arms.  Since she couldn’t drive herself to attend physical therapy, she took the Metrorail near her home and walked underneath the train tracks to reach her destination.  That is when Meg took notice of the underutilized land right below the Metrorail and envisioned it s transformative potential for community mobility, positive economic impact and enhanced quality of life.

The Underline counts with overwhelming support across Miami-Dade, providing for a safe and healthy space for our community members to express themselves.  From free yoga classed to artistic festivals to projects to restore Miamis urban green space, each day The Underline is getting closer to becoming what Meg envisioned”.

See the video here! 

Knight Foundation: 20 Emerging City Champions Chosen to Lead Innovative Urban Project

May 18, 2017

Following on the heels of last year’s Emerging City Champion Friends of The Underline’s YPO Underlounge (pictured here), twenty creative urbanists will join the 2017 Emerging City Champions fellowship program, an initiative of 8 80 Cities funded by Knight Foundation. Now in its third year, the program empowers young leaders to experiment with new solutions to urgent challenges in their cities.

Champions will receive $5,000 in funding to implement an innovative project to enhance public spaces, mobility or civic engagement in their city over the next 12 months.

Before embarking on their city building mission, the fellows will convene in Toronto for the Emerging City Champions Studio. The studio is a four-day workshop where the champions will refine their project ideas, and hone skills such as storytelling, inclusive community engagement and project management. Most importantly, the champions will learn from each other, and develop a support network to provide guidance and encouragement throughout the year.

The studio will feature neighborhood tours, interactive workshops and presentations from established city leaders such as Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80 Cities, and Jason Roberts, founder of Better Block. Four past champions will join us in Toronto to provide mentorship and inspiration, including Alex Peay (Philadelphia), Cornetta Lane (Detroit), Amanda Zullo (Charlotte, North Carolina), Kia Moore (Charlotte), and Richard Young (Lexington, Kentucky).

Despite the modest budget and short timeline, the champions have ambitious ideas to improve their communities. This year’s group wants to drive positive change in the way people eat, play, move, build, create, live and work in their cities. Among the winners are those who want to eliminate food deserts, empower youth through art, raise literacy rates, help civic nightlife thrive and revitalize neglected urban spaces.
The 2017 cohort will join an impressive network of Emerging City Champions who have taken their small ideas to unimaginable heights since the program began in 2015. Based on the success of previous winners, expectations for this group are high. With the support of Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities and the encouragement of their peers, we are confident that this year’s fellows will rise to the challenge and lead meaningful change in their communities.

Find the complete list of 2017 emerging champions here.

The Underline needs your help with State of Florida funding NOW!

May 9, 2017

The Underline has received a very generous and hard-fought appropriation in the State of Florida budget for construction of Phase II of The Underline. The budget will now be approved or vetoed by the Governor. We need your help NOW to discourage Governor Rick Scott from vetoing this appropriation. Here’s how:

1. TODAY send the email below to Florida Governor Rick Scott (and ask your friends, family, committee and co-workers and followers):

2. Email to: rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com

Subject Line: I support The Underline project in Miami

Email copy:
Dear Governor Scott, thank you for your support of the many positive initiatives in Florida and Miami-Dade County. I enthusiastically support The Underline project and encourage you to approve the funding for the project in Miami-Dade County in this year’s state of Florida budget.

The Underline 10-mile urban trail below Metrorail will improve public safety, relieve traffic and congestion, be a tourism draw and destination, create new jobs, increase property values with a substantial return on investment and improve public health with improved mobility and exercise options.

Thank you, Your Name and Address.

3. AND/OR call (850) 488-7146

THANK YOU,

FRIENDS OF THE UNDERLINE

April on the future Underline!

April 6, 2017

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND IS EARTH DAY ON THE UNDERLINE

Wake up and clean up in celebration of Earth Day by volunteering to clean up the future Underline: Brickell Backyard from the Miami River to Coral Way. Why? Let’s show that we care about The Underline even before we start building.

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at 9 AM for some community fun, snacks and refreshments and even a few prizes! We’ll provide gloves and other clean up gear. Sign up on now on Eventbrite!

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH KICKS OFF UNDERFIT YOGA

Start your weekends off right with good vibes and great health as Friends of The Underline kicks off UnderFit powered by Baptist Health South Florida with FREE yoga classes twice a month at 9 AM at Brickell Metrorail station. The yoga series debuts on Saturday, April 29th and continues every other Saturday. Arrive by 8:30 AM to check in, yogis of all levels and ages are welcome so bring your kids too (and your mats). Sign up on Eventbrite now and Namaste!

Getting there:

We encourage walking or biking to The Underline’s Earth Day. Or hop on the Metrorail and exit at Brickell Metrorail Station. For drivers, public parking is available throughout the area, or take Uber or Lyft. 

The Nature Conservancy and Friends of The Underline announce partnership to help create greenspace beneath Miami’s Metrorail

April 4, 2017

(Miami, FL) April 4, 2017 – The Nature Conservancy and Friends of The Underline announce a partnership to support the transformation of The Underline. The Conservancy, dedicated to protecting and restoring nature, and Friends of The Underline, advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile neighborhood park and urban trail, are collaborating to expand and revitalize Miami’s urban greenspace for a sustainable future.

The Conservancy is active within the Miami metro area on projects that include restoration of natural habitat and greening of city spaces, tree plantings, protection of rare ecosystems, and efforts to enable people and nature to thrive together within urban settings. Working with local community groups, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, the Conservancy aims to improve quality of life for area residents through nature’s benefits and functional natural systems, helping to create green urban oases for people, native plants and wildlife.

Friends of the Underline are focused on 100+ acres that will become a welcoming world-class urban trail and living art destination, with recreational opportunities and gardens. The Underline, which is expected to break ground Spring 2018, will attach to the Miami River Greenway and proposed Ludlam trail to provide 22 miles of connected greenspace and trails for bicyclists and pedestrians. Friends of The Underline are advocating for transformation and working with federal, state, county and municipal agencies and other funders to help achieve the greenway vision.

“This is a well-aligned collaboration between two organizations poised to achieve transformative results for people and nature,” said Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Florida. “We’re looking toward the future for Miami and are eager to begin work with Friends of The Underline.”

“We are honored to collaborate with the Nature Conservancy as we both invest in a sustainable future for our city,” said Meg Daly, Founder and President, Friends of The Underline. “We believe that parks and vibrant public spaces that are accessible to all are the heart and soul of a growing, more connected community.”

The Conservancy is committed to several projects in Miami-Dade, including a multi-partner restoration of degraded areas along Wagner Creek. Most recently, the Conservancy engaged the local community in hands-on nature and completed a tree planting benefiting air quality, providing shade, creating habitat for wildlife, and adding natural beauty to the neighborhood. With the Underline and partners, the Conservancy will work to support a park experience that encourages people to get outdoors in the newly renovated space as well as educates park-goers about nature.

About The Underline: The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. The Underline will be built in phases, the first of which will begin in the Brickell area. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that connect people to place and each other.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org/florida. In Florida since 1961, with support from our members, we have helped protect more than 1.2 million acres of vulnerable lands and waters across the state. We own and manage more than 52,000 acres in 25 Conservancy preserves in Florida.

About Friends of The Underline
Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected and sustainable, mobile, and engaged community. For more information visit www.theunderline.org and Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theunderlinemia

Fast Company: The Underline is selected as a World-Changing idea for 2017

April 2, 2017

Fast Company’s first-ever world-changing ideas awards drew more than a thousand submissions in 12 categories. The Underline was selected as one of the 192 entries that reached the final round of judging and was an honoree for a World-Changing Idea for 2017 in urban design.  Congratulations to the winners and honorees. Friends of The Underline and James Corner Field Operations are humbled to be surrounded by such a brilliant group of visionaries. For the complete list of World-changing ideas, click here.

March 11th: UnderLounge & Bike 305 Bike The Underline

February 12, 2017

Join Friends of The Underline YPO for a free festival celebrating biking and community at the UnderLounge powered by Baptist Health South Florida
Saturday, March 11th Noon-4 PM
Brickell Metrorail Station, 1001 SW 1st Avenue

UNDERBEATS: Live music by Elastic Bond, RioALuna, and grammy-nominated Afro-cuban Funk band, PALO!. DJ Zilla will be spinning tunes between sets, keeping the fun going all afternoon.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Elastic Bond
1:00 – 1:30 pm: sets by DJ Zilla
1:45 – 2:45 pm: PALO!
3:00 – 4:00 pm: RioALuna

UNDERFITNESS: Our temporary outdoor gym will offer Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp and a kids Bike Rodeo that will make you want to dance, stretch and kick some butt! Sponsored by Baptist Health. See schedule below:

12:15 – 12:45pm: Yoga
1:00 – 1:30pm: Kids Bike Rodeo
1:45 – 2:15pm: Bootcamp
2:30 – 3:00pm: Yoga
3:15 – 3:45pm: Zumba

UNDEREATS: Come try delicious food from a wonderful selection of local vendors including Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe, Italian Pizzetta, Drunken Dragon, Vice City Bean and Paleta305. Also FREE beer pours from The Tank Brewing, Co. Be sure to bring your furry friends along for a Doggie Tasting of organic treats by Pet Wants Miami.

UNDERSTYLE: The Underline will partner with Miami’s hottest fitness, lifestyle and cycling designers for “Cycle Chic” Miami’s first fashion show on bicycles. On Saturday, March 11th at 1:00 PM, more than 30 volunteer models sporting fitness fashion will transform SW 1st Avenue between 8th and 9th street into a moving runway. Moderated by NBC6’s Kelly Blanco, UnderStyle shows support for The Underline and community is always in style.

Special thanks to: Saks Fifth Avenue, Harmont & Blaine, Mirto, Lululemon, Cleta Cycling, Dixie Devil Sport, Dombe, Fitmama, Kendra Scott, Republic Bike, Sean Donaldson (hairstyle), Building.co (staging) and Brickell City Centre.

UNDERART: From LIVE BIKE ART by local artists, to a CRAFT STATION FOR KIDS, The UnderLounge UnderArt section offers fun art activities for all. Sponsored by WorldWide Pools of FL.

Thanks to our supporters: Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Departments & Bike 305 and the City of Miami.

UnderLounge Title Sponsor:
Baptist Health South Florida

Platinum Sponsors:
Worldwide Pools
Wheels, FL
The Tank Brewing, Co.

Gold Sponsors:
Bilzin Sumberg

Silver Sponsors:
Metro1
Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Beyond South Beach
Brickell Bikes

Getting To UnderLounge: Join Bike 305 Bike The Underline from Dadeland North to Brickell Metrorail Station 11 AM, ride Metrorail to Brickell Metrorail Station; walk or take Uber (use code UNDERLINE for new users and UNDERBIKE for $2 off an UberPOOL to and from the event)

Sign up here for free tickets to Underlounge.  Also, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to friends of The Underline to support our many community activities and events. Friends of The Under is 501C3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Conde Nast Traveler: From NYC’s High Line to Miami’s Underline: How Linear Parks Are Changing Cities

February 12, 2017

New York’s High Line is world-famous, but it’s not the only project seeking to transform abandoned locales into beautiful green spaces.
In 1981, what is now New York’s High Line—the railway-turned-linear park that runs down the west side of downtown Manhattan—almost became an inventive residential complex called the Bridge of Houses. The project, which was proposed by architect Steven Holl to transform the elevated tracks into a series of “villas” and courtyards, never came to light and the eyesore sat unused for almost three decades.

Ahead of his time, Holl foresaw how our cities would constantly reinvent themselves: When the High Line opened its first phase in 2009, it arguably became one of the most influential examples of how an increasingly dense area can become more livable by reclaiming abandoned infrastructure and adapting it into much-needed park space for city dwellers. This concept, known as adaptive reuse, is now one of the most popular methods for transforming urban landscapes.

These greenways, popular among locals and tourists alike, are attractions that are becoming as ubiquitous as traditional parks like Paris’s Jardin des Tuileries or New York’s Central Park. Seamlessly transporting visitors from one neighborhood to the next, landscaped promenades make for well-rounded excursions suited to wayfarers, design aficionados, aspiring horticulturists, and those just in need of a break from the surrounding city.

From Miami to New York to Seoul, the latest iterations of the adaptive reuse phenomenon present creative ways to transform existing infrastructure with new technology, art initiatives, and green spaces. Here, we detail the three projects to watch. Click here to read about how The Underline is inspiring public art and mobility.

 

Architectural Digest: Miami’s Unexpected New Art Destination

February 12, 2017

With the unveiling of four temporary artworks on the future Underline, funded by ArtPlace America and curated by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places with Friends of The Underline Art Advisory, there was a flurry of press coverage extolling the Miami’s art scene and the future outdoor museum for public art on The Underline.

The Underline, Miami’s answer to the High Line, features an impressive array of public art.

There’s certainly no shortage of good art in Miami. From the lauded Perez Museum, which celebrated its third anniversary this fall, to the Rubell Family Collection to the annual Miami Basel fair, during which the art-world elite descends on the Florida city for a week of art and parties, Miami has emerged in the past few years as a destination for the arts. This week the city will add to its portfolio with the opening of four public artworks along the impending Underline, a public park and recreation space below Miami’s Metrorail masterminded by James Corner Field Operations, the same firm behind New York’s beloved High Line. Miami-based artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate have been selected to create the Underline’s first round of temporary artworks, opening January 14. Their projects range widely, from “live floral paintings” to a sculptural riff on exercise equipment. To hear more about the project, AD caught up with Amanda Sanfilippo, the curator and artist manager for Miami’s Art in Public Places, a sector of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs that is responsible for the installation.

Click here for the complete interview with Amanda Sanfilippo.

 

NYT Style Magazine: 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017

January 23, 2017

Throughout this year, ambitious projects will be unveiled all over America — from an artistic jungle gym in Miami to a pirate ship docking in Northern California — and they don’t cost anything to see. Here, a guide to the best public art coming to cities across the country.

Miami, FL – Miami residents now have one more excuse to go outside and enjoy the sun: the new , a 10-mile park beneath the city’s Metrorail, which will feature rotating public artworks. The first selection of works, which opened on Jan. 14, includes Nicolas Lobo’s “Brutal Workout” — a 10-by-10-foot cube with steel bars that curve and straighten to resemble the lines of the Metrorail itself. The cube will flip into different positions, inspiring different workouts on the bars. To test it out, Lobo brought in a dancer and a parkour troupe. “They were into it,” he says. “It implies a certain kind of choreography. Your body can move through it in different ways.”  Click here for the complete article.