Linear Urban Parks …
The Atlanta BeltLine
Courtesy of Georgia Department
of Economic Development
By Brian E. Clark
When Meg Daly fell off her bike four years ago and broke both of her arms, she was in a world of hurt. To make things worse, the 55-year-old Miami business- woman couldn’t drive, which
limited her ability to get around.
“It was painful initially, but also really inconvenient,”
said Daly, president and CEO of Friends of the Miami
Underline, a recreational trail and living-art park development that will run 10 miles under the region’s elevated
Metrorail line and connect South Miami, Coral Gables
and Miami. Backers hope it will eventually become the
spine of more than 250 miles of trails.
“I live near the University of Miami, and after a couple of
months of healing, I had to get to physical therapy,” she
explained. “I figured I could take the Metrorail, which
runs along U.S. 1 to Coconut Grove and then just walk
the rest of the way to my physical therapy.”
She ended up strolling that last distance between the columns under the raised Metro tracks in the shade during
July and thinking “it’s not that hot here, so why aren’t we
doing more with this land?
“I thought, look at what the High Line did in New York.
[The High Line is a 23-city-block-long, former elevated
railway reclaimed as a public space in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side.] That was the inspiration for this idea,
repurposing industrial infrastructure into something that