Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Civic Innovation at the Purple Line: Transforming Miami through Civic Connections

The Purple Line is Coming March 8 & 9!
Commuter advocates are no strangers to civic engagement in this community. In fact, a new project headed by urban planning graduate students at Florida Atlantic University highlights just how much social innovation and civic engagement have their place not only in envisioning, but also in creating a thriving Miami. The Purple Line is a unique collaboration between commuter advocates and residents who envision improvements in Miami’s public transportation system and is the first of what advocates hope will be a series of urban projects aimed at addressing transit issues currently plaguing this city. Catalyst Miami is proud to be part of this grassroots initiative for better transit.

The grand opening of the Purple Line will be held Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 in Parking Lot 54 located at the corner of NE 2nd Avenue and 36thStreet. This underutilized transit hub under the I-195 overpass will be transformed into a pop-up installation for community residents to visit and visualize the strong connectivity that can take place at one of the city’s frequented commuter stops.

On March 9, Catalyst Miami is teaming up with the Purple Line to bring a TED-talk inspired series and conversation café dubbed “Imagine a ‘Connected Miami’: Lot54 Imagine(d).” The conversation café will engage community members in discussions surrounding improved transportation, sustainability, and civic engagement. The idea behind Imagine Miami is to connect people to place and promote civic networking where it otherwise may not happen. Lori Deus, Community Engagement Director at Catalyst Miami, is confident The Purple Line will do just that this coming weekend. “Being involved in the Purple Line has truly been an amazing, inspiring experience. I hope that people who attend these talks will walk away feeling the ways I do: connected to people, place, and community knowing we not only can but will make a difference.”

Pay the outdoor space a visit on Saturday, March 9 to see some of the area’s best artwork, immerse in live music performances, confess your innermost transit hopes and woes, and engage in this dynamic discussion. Imagine just how the future of Miami’s transportation system links with the work community activists are doing to increase civic engagement and create sustainable impact surrounding The Purple Line’s transportation efforts. Presenters include nonprofit leaders and activists Daniella Levine, Tony Garcia, Christopher Noe, Danaye Hinds, Anna McMacster, Irvans Augustin, and Marta Viciedo.

The details on the conversation café are as follows:

Imagine a "Connected" Miami

Lot54 Imagine(d): Civic Innovation at the Purple Line Cafe.

March 9, 2013

4 - 7 p.m.

3651 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33137

Catalyzing Civic Engagement: Daniella Levine, Catalyst Miami
Placemaking and DIY Urbanism: Tony Garcia, The Street Plans Collaborative
Social Innovation: Christopher Noe, Nonprofits First
Sustainability: Danaye Hinds, OBM International
Opportunity and Access: Anna McMaster, Irvans Augustin, and Marta Viciedo, The Purple Line

 Reflections and Closing Remarks

We hope to see you at there.

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