Comments on: County investigates: How big was Art Basel? The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:17:24 +0000 hourly 1 By: DC Copeland Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:10:39 +0000 Instead of calling for another study re Art Basel’s economic impact, next year on the last day of Art Basel and the other spin-off art fairs, send some minimum wage workers around the participating galleries with a clipboard and a pencil to ask how much they sold. Let the galleries know they won’t have to give up their names and won’t be taxed on sales. Or, you could just set up a county website for the galleries to answer those same questions. Neither approach will guarantee any accurate figures but they will probably be closer to the truth than the “estimated” ones Michael Spring came up with.

Of course, in the end, whatever the sales numbers are, they won’t reflect the true economic impact on the county because all of that money will be going to Art Basel and the galleries which are, for the most part, out of town. Perhaps a better approach would be to hit up the hotels, restaurants, clubs, car rental agencies, etc during that period.