Having followed a number of municipal elections in the City of Coral Gables, it is frequent that many, if not nearly a majority of the candidates’ assert their support for sustaining quality of life in the city as a central feature of their platforms.

The term quality of life is both vague and undefined–perfect for a political campaign. It is defined by the potential voter who conveys and translates “quality of life” into their own immediate concerns as a resident and voter.

In fact, quality of life has absolutely no measurable content. It can mean more development, less development or overdevelopment, more or less public security, more or less traffic, more or less racial sensitive and integration, and more or less government transparency.

Quality of life may be code words for a Coral Gables as insular, provincial, separate, well-off. over-permitted city, unsympathetic to critical social, economic and health matters of our times.

Best to ignore political slogans like “quality of life.”

About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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