Community Strengths & Weaknesses

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The chart below examines the drivers for community attachment (Basic Services, Economy, Safety, Leadership, Education, Aesthetics, Social Offerings, Openness, Social Capital, Civic Involvement).

September 29, 2009

We Love You, Miami! -

From NBC Miami:

In Miami, love is all you need.

While we may not always speak fondly of our fair city, a new poll shows that Miamians are growing ever more attached to their town.

The Soul of the Community study, conducted by Gallup, showed that Miamians were more attached to their community, compared to other large cities.

The study surveyed 400 locals, who said that despite our lousy economy we're attached to the Magic City, for better and worse.

September 29, 2009

Study: Miamians more passionate about community

From the South Florida Business Journal:

Despite the economic downturn, Miami saw a significant increase in residents’ passion and loyalty for their community, according to a three-year study conducted by Gallup and funded by the Knight Foundation.

The Soul of the Community project, which looked at 26 communities, found that the worst economic crisis in decades was not a key factor in Miamians’ love of their city.

September 29, 2009

Miamians' love affair with city trumps economic woes -

From the Miami Herald:

Sure, Miami's got lousy drivers, questionable manners and one of country's most depressed real estate markets. Yet despite its drawbacks -- not to mention the recession -- residents of Miami-Dade say they love this city more than ever. 

To be more precise, they're expressing a greater level of attachment to this community, according to the ``Soul of the Community'' three-year study conducted by Gallup and funded by the Knight Foundation. 

September 28, 2009

Thoughts on the findings in Miami

Stuart Kennedy is Knight's program associate in Miami.

The sun is shining in Miami. Palm trees are swaying in the breeze. The ocean is that pure, clear blue that mid-westerners dream of in their tropical vacation fantasies. It appears that Miami’s image as an urban tropical paradise continues to ring true with residents. It’s not surprising that aesthetics ranks at the top of the list for the most important components driving community attachment in Miami.

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