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Neat Street Streets Miami launches Growing Green Bus Stops initiative

In Partnership with O, Miami through a Public Space Challenge Grant Provided By The Miami Foundation

MIAMI (December 13, 2017)

For public transportation to be a viable alternative to the car, it has to provide a comfortable, convenient service. One of the most common complaints about taking transit is being exposed to our extreme weather in South Florida. As a winner of the 2016 Public Space Challenge, Neat Streets Miami launched their Growing Green Bus Stops pilot project.

In partnership with O, Miami, this project aimed to create cooler waiting areas for bus riders by planting canopy trees and stenciling haikus about trees at 10 bus stops throughout Miami-Dade County. Through relatively small aesthetic and environmental investments, this project aims to show communities how to enhance the bus waiting experience while also cultivating a love for trees. By creating more shade, beautifying our roads and engaging the public in solving this shared problem, Neat Streets Miami aimed to create a more comfortable and inviting environment for bus riders. “By greening Miami-Dade with trees, we’re creating attractive gateways, enhancing our quality of life and beginning a legacy that lasts generations,” said Neat Streets Miami Chairman Commissioner Dennis Moss.

By creating shade and a fun bond through haikus with residents on their journeys around Miami, this project will create a micro public space and a sense of community:

1) Canopy trees enhance resident commutes between where they live, work and play through roadway beautification and greening, air pollution absorption, wind and sun protection (shade), noise pollution reduction and storm water retention.

2) Haikus stenciled on sidewalks in front of bus benches will create an emotional connection to Miami and will educate the public about importance of trees.

O, Miami facilitated a county-wide poetry contest and collected 671 haikus. Lynne Barrett, award-winning local author, was one of the judges that ultimately awarded the following 10 haikus:

District 2- NE 12th Avenue & NE 160 Street
where do I find shade?
a beach umbrella in sand?
seek wild tamarind
- Carol Ann Moon
#GrowingGreenBusStops

District 3- NW 95th Street & NW 4th Avenue
The gold Flamboyant:
how she scalds these stucco walls,
bungalows aflame
- Julie Marie Wade

District 11- SW 24th Street & SW 114th Avenue
Hey Gumbo Limbo!
You are from Miami, no?
You should wear sunscreen.
- Adam Schachner

District 10- SW 127th Avenue & SW 37th Terrace
The magnolia
wears the same old perfume she
wore when she was young
- Ceclia Llompart

District 11- SW 167 Ave & 10300 Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School
Ay carambola!
Garden full of starfruit trees,
sweet as galaxies
- Carmella de los Angeles Guiol

District 9- SW 117th Avenue & SW 114 Place
The trees have also
missed their bus-- look how they wave
their many sad arms.
- Ariel Francisco

District 1- NW 12th Avenue & NW 186 Street
The ylang ylang traveled
an avenue to reach me,
then carried me home.
- Cherry Pickman

District 1- NW 207th Street & NW 26th Court
Wild coffee fringing
the city, it’s no wonder
Miami won’t sleep.
- Megan Arlett

District 11- SW 137 Ave & 4420 Block
Blush for us, rain tree.
Surprised in sand, we too know
when to pink, tremble
- Terri Witek

District 13- NW 68 Avenue & Op 17540
Náufragos vamos
Como hojas volando
Tras el destino
- Patricia Matos

Neat Streets Miami encourages riders to take “selfies” at bus stops around Miami-Dade County and join the conversation by using #GrowingGreenBusStops and #PublicSpaceChallenge. For exact locations, visit www.miamidade.gov/neatstreetsmiami.

About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami

Launched by Neat Streets Miami, the Million Trees Miami campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Housed in the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional County board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation corridors, gateways and connections.

About Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.