School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

Purple Line Miami

Building on their shared success with Better Block Ft. Lauderdale, graduate students in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program, in partnership with SURP and others, presented their latest pop-up urban installation project, Purple Line, on March 8th, 2013. The Purple Line “station” popped up under the overpass at NE 2nd Ave and 36th Street, between the Design District and Midtown neighborhoods in Miami.

Purple Line was a community-driven, collaborative, transit-oriented initiative. As a temporary installation, it featured many of the activities and uses common to popular transit stations throughout the world, such as vendor stands, cafes, public art, and artistic performances.

Purple Line's objective was two-fold:

  1. Create a collaborative urban installation that makes an impactful statement about the need for improved transit and connectivity in Miami.
  2. Transform an under-utilized public space into an urban destination, complete with scheduled events, vendors and public gathering space.

In addition to these specific objectives, Purple Line’s motivation was rooted in building positive social capital. By planning and building this project together, collaborators made new connections and networks within their communities.

The Purple Line project proved highly successful, generating a mass of local, regional and national publicity and instigating conversations on improved public transit throughout South Florida.

For more information, and to view a complete list of media coverage of the project, please visit Purple Line’s official website at