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Mayor Manny Diaz on Redesigning Miami

In Part One of our video series with Manny Diaz, formerly the mayor of Miami and president of the US Conference of Mayors, Diaz discusses how Miami went from being the "laughingstock" of the US to serving as a model for other cities.
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Jim Wells
Jim Wells  
1/21/2013 3:29:20 PM
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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.  

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 3:08:01 PM
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Re: Quick correction: 2001-2009
I look forward to reading or hearing more of Manny Diaz's views on how bipartisan oneupsmanship is hurting our cities -- and what he suggests we can do about it.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/28/2012 3:06:58 PM
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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.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/28/2012 10:33:09 AM
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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! 

piratejulie
piratejulie  
11/27/2012 10:03:06 PM
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Re: People in the streets
Smart-growth principles!  Now that's Urban Leadership Mayor Diaz.  May other cities be inspired by Miami.

Jeremy.Johnson
Jeremy.Johnson  
11/27/2012 6:33:14 PM
User Rank City Slicker
People in the streets
I'd like to ask:

 

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.

 

-jjj

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/27/2012 5:26:34 PM
User Rank City Slicker
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.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
11/27/2012 2:07:51 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Transformation
This sounds impressive but I've never been there and doubt I ever will.  It would be useful to know exactly what the change of code was all about.

Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané  
11/27/2012 10:39:43 AM
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Re: Quick correction: 2001-2009
Gee! Thanks, Nicole. :) Now I know. It's always great to learn new things.

In that case, all the change and work done in Miami's transformation is more valuable. It has to be hard without support from Washington. 

-Susan  

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/27/2012 10:19:11 AM
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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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