As Meg Daly confronted two broken arms challenging her mobility, she found herself riding the Metrorail and reflecting on Miami’s lack of pedestrian infrastructure and park space. Turning to her father and partner, Parker Thomson, they formed a coalition and executed on a plan to fund a $140 million linear park that will span 10 miles, now named The Underline.
In this episode, Daly opens up about the genesis of that project, how she got it funded, and mobilized the community to enhance connectivity in Miami. We also discuss the powerful role disruption can play in redefining our infrastructure & public spaces.
She challenges us with a call to civic engagement, imploring us to lead movements that will change how we interact with our cities. Or, as she put it in the interview, “don’t just applaud from the sidelines.”
Please find this episode of The Built World on Spotify or on iTunes.