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Creative methods making better Miami mobility possible
May 27, 2021

Getting around Miami-Dade isn’t the easiest thing to do. While the county’s roadways are many, they’re often congested, leaving motorists wishing alternative modes of transportation were more plentiful.

The good news is that some residents are working hard to add to the local mobility network – residents like Meg Daly, president and CEO of Friends of The Underline, an organization she founded to recreate a 10-mile stretch below the Metrorail into a vibrant, 120-acre urban trail with art, physical activities, culinary fare and more.

“I saw a dirty space under the elevated Metrorail. She saw a park,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Mr. Ibargüen nominated Ms. Daly for the category, “Keeping Us Moving: People finding or implementing creative ways to make better mobility possible in a growing, cosmopolitan community.”

“Transformational projects always have these qualities,” he said. “They’re always fact-based – plans are based on what the reality is. They take vision. And most of all – and she has it in spades – it takes the tenacity to stick to it despite everyone laughing and chuckling. It’s fantastic. I’m a big supporter, and [the Knight Foundation does] fund The Underline.”

The first phase of the ambitious project, the half-mile Brickell Backyard, opened in February. It cost $16.5 million in city, county and state funds and includes a community stage, butterfly garden, gaming tables, gathering spaces to eat, play, discover and relax, as well as an urban gym complete with a running track, exercise equipment, soccer mini-pitch and basketball half-court.

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