I Love Miami! Do You?

I Love Miami!

It is obvious by the name and content of my blog that I thoroughly enjoy living in South Florida.  A new initiative by The Miami Foundation wants to make Miami more loveable and thereby attractive to skilled, talented people.  A Knight Foundation survey identified 10 factors that make residents feel emotionally connected to where they live.

  1. Leadership
  2. Social Capital
  3. Basic Services
  4. Economy
  5. Safety
  6. Education
  7. Community Involvement
  8. Openness
  9. Social Life
  10. Aesthetics

Miami only scored well on the bottom three, which results in it being perceived as a place that is not caring about other people (low community involvement) and is not a good place for talented college graduates to work.  In an attempt to create discussion and change those perceptions, the foundation has launched OurMiami.org.

This is an important discussion to have if we want Miami to be have a diverse economy and be more than a tourist destination.  Do you agree with the survey findings?  Why or why not?

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Jennifer Wollmann

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