If you’ve taken public transit before, you’re no doubt familiar with the feeling of dread of waiting at an unsheltered bus stop midsummer or during a casual afternoon downpour. Well, after winning The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge in 2016, Neat Streets Miami is coming in clutch with a plan to plant canopy trees at bus stops in 10 different commission districts.
The goal of the Growing Green Bus Stops project: enhance connectivity. By providing shade to riders and beautifying public spaces, the group hopes to improve the whole experience of riding public transit and make it a little more accessible. A part of that plan is incorporating a daily dose of poetry into the commuter experience by working with O, Miami to select 10 haikus about trees to stencil into the bus stops.
Jennifer Llorente, Neat Street Miami’s special projects administrator, said that the initial grant money they received from the challenge actually helped grow the project tremendously, catalyzing further partnerships with other community organizations.
“[The Public Space Challenge] is an opportunity where anybody can apply, get involved in the community, and get those partnership on their own,” Llorente said.
This year, The Miami Foundation is investing $305,000 to make Miamians’ top ideas a reality. Everyone in Greater Miami can submit an idea to the Public Space Challenge through April 6 to help make our city a more vibrant, engaged place to live.