Miracle Mile–Sad to See

I decided to walk around  the 100 and 200 blocks of  Miracle Mile today.  I was taken back at the sad shape of the patch worked sidewalks, broken walks, discolored transitions to store fronts, a feeling of dirty storefronts, many closed businesses.   There were one or two two new businesses “opening soon” (I guess they are new to the City’s permitting procedures).  One may wonder how the new businesses will do with the crumby look of the city.

I compare Coral Gables to a walk around I had in Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, MD where one was struck by the culture of organization, cleanliness and a feeling of invitation into stores and businesses (although there were clear signs of the Great Recession).  Coral Gables has a long ways to go to bring the City up to national standards even though the City Managers claims this is the best place in the country.  We may excuse him for this hyperbole.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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