Celebrate Earth Day on The Underline

On Saturday, April 22nd get up and clean up in celebration of Earth Day! Friends of The Underline is partnering with the Miami Dade County Department of Transportation & Public Works to present Earth Day on The Underline! Join members of your community 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.

 

We’ll see you Saturday, April 22nd at 9 AM for some community fun, snacks and refreshments and even a few prizes! Clean up kicks off at 9 AM and runs until 11AM. We’ll provide gloves and other clean up gear. Sign up on Eventbrite!

 

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

What Was Mayor Regalado Doing at The UnderLounge Festival?

Helping the kids toss a few basketballs! The UnderLounge Festival took place on October 15 at the Brickell Backyard portion of the future Underline Linear Park. With the “world’s longest mini-golf hole”, a pop-up dog park, music, fitness, street artists and, of course, the basketball-playing Mayor, the UnderLounge Festival was crowded with curious neighborhood residents. Check out some of the highlights:

This free event was organized by the The Underline Young Professionals Organization to to showcase plans for Miami’s iconic new park. The 10-mile long park will run below Miami’s MetroRail from the Miami River to the Dadeland South Station to “connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, 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.”

Saturday: UnderLounge Festival at Underline Brickell Backyard

The Underline is a proposed 10-mile linear park that will run below the Miami Metrorail from the Miami River to the Dadeland South Station. In the words of it’s founder, The Underline

will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, 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.

To learn more about the Underline Linear Park, you are invited to attend The UnderLounge festival at the future site of the Underline’s Brickell Backyard. It’s FREE and fun for all ages! The Underlounge festival will feature live musical performances; face painting, balloon animals, caricature artist, arts and crafts and storytelling for the kids; a fitness section with yoga, boot camp and basketball; and even a pop-up pet park with a pet costume contest, doggie jacuzzi, and dog café.

WHO: Friends of The Underline Young Professionals Organization
WHAT: The UnderLounge
WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, Noon-6 PM
WHERE: Brickell Metrorail Station, 1001 SW 1st Avenue

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USGBC Miami Presents: An Exclusive Transit Tour of the Underline & GREENworking

400x221Underline_BrickellNext Wednesday, August 10, the U.S. Green Building Council Miami is hosting a presentation of the Miami’s planned Underline Linear Park from a unique perspective – one of the elevated MetroRail trains that run above the proposed park location.

The Underline is a vision to transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail, and canvas art. It will stretch from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station and become an iconic and world-class urban trail.

Meg Daly, the project’s founder, will narrate the southbound leg of the ride, describing plans for each segment of the park. She will talk about how her vision for this park grew from an idea she had while traveling on the MetroRail with two broken arms in 2013 to being very close to the start of construction on “Brickell’s Backyard” just three years later.

On the return trip, we will hear about the MetroRail elevated train itself, including upcoming plans for it and other public transit in Miami-Dade County. EasyPasses have been generously provided by the Transportation and Public Works department.

After the Underline MetroRail tour, everyone will head over to a local venue at Mary Brickell Village for some GREENworking and refreshments.

Space is limited, so REGISTER for your spot now!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Government Center MetroRail Station, 101 NW First Street, Miami, FL 33128 (Meet under the trees in front of Government Center by the 1st Street entrance. This is next to the Metro Station escalator. Street Parking and Garage parking are available around Government Center or take public transit there. Please arrive no later than 6:15pm so that we may leave on the same train.)
COST: $10 for advanced tickets, $20 at the event. There is no additional cost for the MetroRail ride, and you will be provided one drink ticket for the post-ride GREENworking

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Miami in the Top Ten US “Most Walkable” Cities

Walk Score BrickellThe City of Miami may have an overall Walk Score of 73 (which puts us in the “Top Ten Most Walkable” cities in the United States) but my little slice of the Magic City in the Central Business District scores a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 92 while parts of the Brickell Financial District score a 94. What is your city’s Walk Score?



New Urbanism: America’s 10 Most Walkable Cities (via Green Building Elements)

You may know the best bars and restaurants in town, but what’s the ‘walkable’ rating of your city or closest metropolitan area to your home?  Aside from fresh air, exercise, and the ability to bump into new and old acquaintances, walking is beneficial to the environment.   80 Americans are…

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EPA: Multi-Family Housing Near Public Transit is Greener. Melanie Dawn: And in Miami, it’s Beautiful, too!

The EPA has just released a white paperconfirming what most of us know intuitively: multi-family housing located near public transportation is generally “greener” than any other type of housing.  Their graph tells the story very well:

It illustrates the two key points in the study about the relationship between housing style/location and energy consumption:

• “Choosing to live in an area with transportation options not only reduces energy consumption, it also can result in significant savings on home energy and transportation costs.”


• “Fairly substantial differences are seen in detached versus attached homes, but the most striking difference is the variation in energy use between single-family detached homes and multifamily homes, due to the inherent efficiencies from more compact size and shared walls among units.”

The EPA study also included a surprising correlation between proximity to public transportation and foreclosure rates:

“Location efficiency can contribute to or undermine a home’s affordability, and these impacts can also extend to a household’s financial stability. One analysis of some of the causes behind the U.S. financial crisis suggests that vehicle ownership and a lack of access to public transportation may be just as predictive of mortgage foreclosure rates as low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratios.”

In his 2010 book, “Foreclosing the Dream: How America’s Housing Crisis is Changing Our Cities and Suburbs,” Dr. William Lucy, professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, said much the same thing:

““Location is more important than ever, and how location is interpreted has changed,” Lucy said.


With foreclosures and repossessions contributing to housing surplus predominantly in the outer suburbs and suburbs, these locations are not considered as being safe investments or as having good resale potential for 30- to 45-year-olds, who later need to sell for career advancement.”

Dr. Lucy and the EPA white paper also seem to be in agreement with other market studies that discuss the increasing demand for urban multi-family housing close to public transportation. The EPA study references a 2010 analysis completed by RCLCO and wrote, “that demographic changes are underway which are leading to rapid growth in the number of households without children. These households demonstrate a preference for more walkable, vibrant “urban” places with good transit access…”

In Miami we have been reading about this shift for several years now. In an October 2006 Miami Herald article by Elaine Walker, she talks to Allen and Stella Donelan about why they are moving to Downtown Dadeland:

“He also hates the hour-long commute to his U.S. Post Office job — he will cut that by two-thirds. With the Metrorail virtually next door, the Donelans plan to get rid of their second car.”

Multi-family housing located in “walkable” neighborhoods near public transportation and other amenities allows residents to save on transportation and other energy costs while living green.

And in Miami this means living on some of the most beautiful real estate anywhere in the country. The corridor from the northern edge of Downtown Miami, through Brickell, Coconut Grove, South Miami and Downtown Kendall/Dadeland boasts mid- and high-rise condominiums with Biscayne Bay views as well as attached and detached homes in tropical garden settings.

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