You don't need the New Times to tell you that Miami's public transit options suck. Every citizen of South Florida is well aware of this nasty bit of business, from bicyclists nearly mowed down by desperate drivers to cocktail waitresses forced to take two-hour bus rides to work.
But instead of endlessly petitioning city officials for change, one group wants to show the city what life would be like with more transit stations. Not just to cart us around more easily, but to expand our cultural quotient, too. Two birds, one stone.
On March 8 and 9, the Purple Line is creating a pop-up train station installation complete with art, music and food.
"We're trying to show artistically what can happen when you have an improved transit system. Miami can't grow to its full potential without a better transportation system, especially for the urban areas," says Marta Viciedo, an organizer for the Purple Line.
The group was inspired in part by the Better Block Fort Lauderdale campaign, which is all about revitalizing urban areas. And the event is designed to showcase how a train station can breed all kinds of fun, culturally relevant goings-on.
"Better Block is basically like an urban installation where you revitalize an area for a very short time, sometimes a day, sometimes a week. It's a very big national thing, but that kind of served as a background inspiration for the Purple Line. It's a completely community-driven event. Basically we're picking up parking lots under an overpass into what would be a train station," Viciedo adds.
They'll also be collaborating with local bar and music venueThe Stage, which is right next door. Talib Kweli is playing Saturday night, so guests will score discounted admission -- or they can hang out at the installation and listen in.
On the docket for the event are a whole host of art displays, kids' activities, a farmer's market, and music. Crumb on Parchment will be on site on Saturday, selling baked treats. And this event is just the beginning -- the Purple Line is planning lots for the future.
"We would like to keep on doing something similar until it really kind of sinks in and transit gets more attention," Viciedo says.
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The Purple Line runs Friday and Saturday March 8 and 9 from noon to midnight on Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday at NE Second Avenue & 36th Street.
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