How to read the motion chart?
The chart below examines the drivers for community attachment (Basic Services, Economy, Safety, Leadership, Education, Aesthetics, Social Offerings, Openness, Social Capital, Civic Involvement).
The vertical axis displays the importance of a driver in predicting overall community attachment. The horizontal axis displays how the community is perceived to be performing in regard to that driver.
The chart space is thus divided into four segments. The upper left is of particular interest. It represents what we call “critical opportunities” for improving community attachment: the drivers found in this quadrant are rated important, but low in performance by citizens. They are, in a way, the low hanging fruits: increasing performance of these drivers will have outsized impact on community attachment, because they are rated important.
Click on a bubble for an explanation about what each driver represents.
Click on the play button to watch the driver values change over the last few years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great schools, affordable health care and safe streets all help create strong communities. But is there something deeper that draws people to a city – that makes them want to put down roots and build a life?