Transformation IMHO, most cities are realizing that they must "grow or die." Fewer cities are realizing that they can no longer wait for outside entities to be the catalyst. If they are to grow, they must do so from within, with resources that are tapped locally. Mayor Diaz appears to embody this self-sufficient approach. But the movement needs to go further, like making strategic use of all government funds. Placing these monies in local financial institutions that share local concerns, NOT using out-of-state headquartered banks that siphon off deposits to other purposes elsewhere.
Re: Transformation I'm impressed that Mayor Diaz and his team apparently "threw out" the old code instead of struggling with it. When he took over, Miami was in bankruptcy and apparently full of problems. They could have spent untold hours debating about what to change, what to leave, etc., but it seems they chose to start fresh, since there was so much that needed replacing and rethinking.
Redesigning Miami Mayor Diaz conveys how tenacity and core investments can generate urban dividends. Yes, urban sprawl is expensive, redirecting resources. Vibrant cities entice people to stay - or people that want to be in and a part of them. The video accents that!
What were the top 3 factors in getting people back onto the streets? Human beings enjoying their community is a great thing to see, and I would love to know what Mayor Diaz sees as the largest factors for change to bring those citizens out, in a comfortable and _safe_ way.
Congrats to Mayor Diaz First I congratulate Mayor Diaz on the progress he has made. Secondly, I like to learn more about exactly what he changed and how he got the buy in from people. Thank You Nicole for this video and the name of the book he wrote.
Re: Quick correction: 2001-2009 I was using US-speak there for a moment, Susan. By "Washington" I mean Congress and the federal government (they're synonymous here). There's less and less help from Washington for things that matter to cities -- infrastructure, education, housing, etc. It's all falling on cities to fend for themselves.
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