Pop-up Park Greens Downtown Miami

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From IconocultureWHAT’S HAPPENING
  • Food trucks. Yoga classes. Music and dance performances. For five glorious days in early March 2012, a pop-up park sprang up in the middle of Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard, turning a 60-space median parking lot into a thriving community hub (TheAtlanticCities.com, 2 March 2012).
  • Inspired by New York’s High Line park and other urban reclamation projects, the Street Plan Collaborative worked with the Miami Parking Authority to create “Bayfront Parkway,” a highway oasis on one of the city’s busiest streets.
  • Organizers hope to leverage the pop-up into a permanent conversion that would link several downtown parking lots into one continuous green corridor.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
  • High Line park was just the beginning. From Toronto’s Underpass Park (which transformed an industrial wasteland) to the native plants blooming in Buffalo Central Terminal, cities are embracing people’s need for greenspace in an urban habitat.
  • Big cities remain a magnet for young adults but have lost some allure for consumers nearing retirement, who’ve been leaning toward smaller burgs in recent surveys. Enhancing large metro areas with more pedestrian-friendly parks could help change that equation.