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Debate public-private deals before they’re set in concrete

Governments are signing more public-private partnerships, a healthy trend – that is, if deals serve a public interest and don’t crowd out pressing needs. Last week we wrote about two such deals: Swire shut down the Eighth…

Big-time college sports headed for a paycheck touchdown

Big-time college sports headed for a paycheck touchdown

Last week Florida International University unveiled a three-year naming rights deal with Ocean Bank to get income from its football stadium. Two days later a federal judge ruled that top-tier…

Who really stole those missing millions from the airport?

Who really stole those missing millions from the airport?

Maybe you read the main story in the daily paper Friday: three managers of a small lounge at Miami International Airport were charged with funneling millions intended for the county…

With railway’s benefits so great, don’t get left at the station

With railway’s benefits so great, don’t get left at the station

A plan for privately-built fast passenger rail linking Miami and Orlando offers such great benefits here that you’d think it would be all aboard with All Aboard Florida. Imagine cashing…

Miami needs to become exceptional, not merely excessive

Miami needs to become exceptional, not merely excessive

How much is too much, how many too many? When, in fact, is bigger not better? Welcome to Miami, land of excess. This is the place where nobody knows how…

County pilots Airport City toward high-cost crash landing

County pilots Airport City toward high-cost crash landing

Airport City began as a model to help fund a $6.2 billion Miami International Airport expansion. Today it’s the poster boy for failed contracts that raise costs in other bidding…

What goes around comes around–over and over and over

What goes around comes around–over and over and over

Miami news stories don’t end – they merely hibernate. Periodically, they return as reruns for a new audience. That repetition was highlighted when I cleaned off a bookshelf and found…

A trust could protect city assets from the build-now disease

A trust could protect city assets from the build-now disease

As David Beckham tries to pluck a new downtown waterfront site for a soccer stadium, it’s time to create a trust to protect and beautify what little waterfront Miami has…

Government talks a green living game but doesn’t play it

Government talks a green living game but doesn’t play it

For years I tried to convince builders and developers to build green housing in Miami-Dade County with no success. Being realtor, architect and former Gables Green Task Force chair, I…

Garbage in, garbage out at the college and university level

Garbage in, garbage out at the college and university level

It was exciting to read in Miami Today that a county study found annual economic impact of $7.3 billion for Miami-Dade’s colleges and universities. What a sales tool for our…

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