Re the Jan. 25 story Advocates: Time to build Metrorail path: The M-Path from the Miami River to the Busway south of Dadeland is a passive park with a meandering path shared by recreational and commuting pedestrians and bicyclists. The original path design welcomed native plants such as the cycad, known as coontie, which attracts the rare and beautiful blue Atala butterfly.
The proposed Underline might be a power grab of public property to develop sections of this linear park for retail and commercial uses. Also, straightening the meandering path into two paths would place the bicycle lane consistently within inches of dangerous traffic on U.S. 1.
The University of Miami architectural school design doesn’t include certain urban factors, such as the electrical transmission mega-poles that Florida Power & Light intends to install along the M-Path.
I suggest that all of these creative resources focus on creating a Greenlink from the Brickell Metrorail station, across the Miami River and continue in the northerly direction of the Metrorail. That’s a tangible challenge that would be a definite community improvement.
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Don Deresz, Miami