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'To What Degree Is Our Growth Inclusive?:' New Group Aims To Push South Florida Equity Conversation

"We stumbled on growth with sun and fun and cruise lines and hospitality and real estate, but we never actually had a strategy for it," said Richard Florida, a co-founder who’s lived in Miami on and off for 10 years. "It's kind of amazing that we’ve ...

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Equity is a growing focus in South Florida, as communities try to address problems like high housing costs and a car-centered transportation system that excludes some public transit usersA new organization is hoping to spur even more conversations about how to resolve some of those problemsIt’s called the Miami Urban Future Initiative and its goal is to bring together researchers, business leaders, officials and activists on critical equity issues that accompany South Florida's ongoing growth.  "We stumbled on growth with sun and fun and cruise lines and hospitality and real estate, but we never actually had a strategy for it," said Richard Florida, a co-founder who’s lived in Miami on and off for 10 years"It's kind of amazing that we’ve made it so far." The Miami Urban Future Initiative is hosting its inaugural public discussion at 6 p.mThursday, Dec7, at Venture Café Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave#600 Listen Listening.. / 1:13 Tags: affordable housingPovertyinequalityeconomic inequalitytransportationnewsLocal NewsPublic TransitTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread Related Content Preparing For A Hurricane Without Enough Money In Miami-Dade By Nadege Green • Sep 6, 2017 Joey Flechas / Miami Herald Eugene Johnson purchased two loaves of bread and batteries for his flashlightThose are his supplies in preparation for Hurricane Irma“I’m on fixed income,” said Johnson“This hit me out of the blueI had to pay my rent, my electricity bill and stuff like that.” In his kitchen cabinet he already had a few cans of tuna and he plans to boils some eggsJohnson, 65, lives in an affordable housing complex in Miami and, like many of his neighbors who are also on fixed or limited income, he doesn’t own a car Can Anything Be Done About Miami-Dade’s Growing Prosperity Gap? By Wilson Sayre • Jun 9, 2016 Creative Commons via Flickr / User: Tax Credits ( Ernest Bellamy is an architectural designer and native MiamianAt 32-years-old, he decided to go back to school to get his master's degree, but decided that even with a full ride to the University of Miami opportunities looked better outside of MiamiHe is one of the many individuals who have been affected by the prosperity gap that has grown in Miami-Dade County since 2000That’s the overarching finding of a study we reported on when it came out from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center Climate Change Will Harm Economies Of Southern States Most, Study Finds By Kate Stein • Jul 3, 2017 Windsor Johnson / NPR Climate change is going to cause disproportionate economic harm to parts of the United States that are already pretty hot, according to a study published in the journal ScienceThe study by scientists and economists from the Climate Impact Lab suggests rising temperatures could increase a national income gap What's Next On The $400 Million Miami Forever Bond By Kate Stein • Nov 9, 2017 Carl Juste / Miami Herald The next steps for the $400 million bond issue approved by city of Miami voters on Tuesday include developing criteria for selecting livability projects, officials championing the bond say"The city will not be purchasing any bonds until projects are actually not only decided but underway," said Jane Gilbert, Miami's chief resilience officer, adding that "underway" means shovels in the ground Why Are Housing Prices So High? Is There A Limit To Rent Hikes? Questions About The Sunshine Economy By Tom Hudson • Apr 4, 2017 Tom Hudson The South Florida economy is more than a $300 billion  engine with close to 3 million workers and 6 million peopleTourism, real estate, trade and agriculture are key industries driving the ups and downs  Housing costs are high and pay is relatively low   These were common themes to questions submitted to WLRN's new public-powered journalism project Palm ReadersWe tried to answer some of these questions  

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