Miami is, as always, on trend with a new Streetscape Design for The Underline. This kind of use/reuse is alway on trend at KLAD. Our loyal readers have seen our positive comments on the various stages of the HighLine in NYC, although not always it’s impact on the surrounding areas, and, of course, the potential not yet to be Lowline.
Following in those footsteps, The Underline project in Miami/Dade aims to repurpose the underutilized space below Miami’s elevated MetroRail and transform it into a connected park-and-pathway system spanning ten miles and hundreds of acres.
The undertaking is ambitious, but it has solid precedents:
The Underline will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats.
Concept art illustrates key points along the shaded path, including expanded park space, bicycle repair stations, and play areas.
Connecting Miami, Coral Gables and South Miami, the Underline hopes to “encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.”
The new trail will connect to a system of existing bike paths as well as other also under development. The Underline will unite 250 miles of existing and proposed parks in South Florida.
James Corner Field Operations of New York City has been selected to create a master plan for The Underline, with input collected from surveys and six public meetings.
Their master plan provides;
standards and requirements for the urban trails including trail widths and proposed materials. It also includes recommendations for lighting and wayfinding, seating, amenities, etc. The plan proposes improvements to crosswalks, intersections. Landscape recommendations include a plant palette and placement. There are also proposals for destination parks.
The design would follow the route of an existing bike trail called the M-Path. Corner’s scheme calls for widening the path, and creating a parallel pedestrian path.The paths would wind through various ecosystems.
shaded by native plants that provide habitats for birds and butterflies.
Featuring spaces for art and recreation, pop-up structures that could serve as small business incubators, and a bike tune-up station. The improvement is a great idea. The area is now kind of desolate.
The only unfortunate thing here is that Miami is going to be one of the first major cities we lose to Climate Change. The sea level is rising, and Miami is built on sandstone.