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2019 PUBLIC SPACE CHALLENGE WELCOMES IDEAS TO IMPROVE THE WAY MIAMIANS MOVE THROUGH THEIR CITY

2019 Public Space Challenge Welcomes Ideas to Improve the Way Miamians Move Through Their City

Thanks to widespread community support, The Underline is moving forward to transform land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park and urban trail. It’s an idea that, early on, picked up momentum by activating the space with pop-up lighting demonstrations, funded by a 2014 Public Space Challenge grant.

This year, The Miami Foundation wants more ideas like these that create, activate or improve the way residents move around Miami-Dade County. The 2019 Public Space Challenge will accept ideas April 17 through May 16, 2019, at PublicSpaceChallenge.org. The Foundation is investing $250,000 in the best ideas focused on four key areas of mobility – pedestrians, cyclists, streets and sidewalks, and public transit. Target will contribute funding to support winning ideas that encourage thriving and connected communities, as the company believes in putting the needs of people and the community at the heart of its work to create a better tomorrow. Any individual, for-profit, nonprofit or group, or government entity is welcome to apply.

“When people have access to different ways of getting around a city, it becomes easier for residents to connect with one another and the place they live,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “The better connected our community, the more tight-knit we become. Resilience is about relationships, not just infrastructure. As we think about building a more resilient Miami-Dade, the social ties of a neighborhood are just as important.”

Some of the most popular ideas from previous Public Space Challenges helped make Greater Miami’s parks and public spaces easier to access. In response, The Foundation wanted this year’s Challenge submissions to take a closer look at how residents get around, into and through Miami-Dade. Whether it’s a bike path, bus stop, crosswalk, sidewalk or a boat ramp, the Challenge welcomes ideas on how to make them safer, easier and more efficient for everyone.

For example, in 2018, Jennifer Gonzalez and Maria Font of Miami Springs took up the Challenge to improve access to Circle Park, a city park surrounded by traffic. Their idea, “Safely Making it to The Circle,” was the single most-supported idea by the public in Challenge history. They’re now working with Miami-Dade County and city of Miami Springs to get a crosswalk on the South side of Curtis Parkway and to have The Circle re-striped for safer traffic.

Since 2013, the Public Space Challenge has invested more than $1.5 million in ideas like The Underline and The Circle and other activations and permanent projects.

To learn more about this year’s Challenge, visit PublicSpaceChallenge.org.

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  • Terence Hill
    Posted at 21:46h, 01 June Reply

    To improve transportation we should have a metrorail that comes frome broward county that goes to golden glades then run down 27th ave to meet with the metrorail station on 79th street also have a metrorail that goes from golden glades to historical overtown and meet up with that metrorail that will resolve the traffic on i95 and local roads

  • Terence Hill
    Posted at 21:53h, 01 June Reply

    From broward county to dade county going down 27th ave 12th ave. And 7th ave to meet up with our metrorail station alot of traffic is comming from broward to miami dade county.

  • Terence Hill
    Posted at 22:01h, 01 June Reply

    Gondola lift aka Aerial cable cars should come from broward countu to our golden glades park and ride. Since 7th ave and 27th ave is most commercial business you can run them down to coral gables and extend the metrorail down south to the youth fair grounds and down to miami dade college south we have the funds to build this it will cause more people to take this route and stop the metrorails at 1pm

    • Terence Hill
      Posted at 22:02h, 01 June Reply

      Also have the metrorail go to our only Zoo metro zoo

      • Terence Hill
        Posted at 22:10h, 01 June Reply

        Once you pass dadeland mall there is a bus lane. Which go all the way down south if we can put a metrorail station go down south and a bike lane you can actually widen the us1 road more road and a bike land and the metrorail going all the way down south alot of people would not drive anymore have trains that go to dadeland mall dolphin mall metro zoo university of miami FIU south fairgrounds Miamidade college south and north also have parking garages at the main location and have tge metrorail go all the way to broward county

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