April 19th, 2012
Are city commissioners desperate, insensitive or greedy?
By Michael Lewis
Miami has a new strategy to rescue cash-strapped amenities: destroy what gives them stature and commercialize what’s left.
As long as the city can pocket something to fill budget gaps that elected officials created, it’s proving quite willing to ruin its assets.
That is the most flattering interpretation of the city commission’s vote last week to allow firms to plaster blinking illuminated billboards all over city parks and municipally owned venues.
If we don’t agree that commissioners will do anything to fill budget holes, we’re left with the common theory that they’ll do anything to fill holes in their campaign accounts or their own pockets.