your tax dollars down the downtown drain
great attitude Anon! For that matter, why bother with parks and greenspaces? Those are a waste of our tax dollars too. Anyway, reading the website, seems very few if any of our tax dollars were used. And if this minimal investment brings people into Downtown to spend money then I'm all for it.
A paltry 7 million per year... the DDA proposed operating budget is $6.62 million plus a capital improvement expense of $1.5 million for the Signage and Wayfinding Program, which will be partially paid back in FY 15-16 by a FDOT grant of $1 million.How It WorksThe Miami DDA is an independent public agency of the City of Miami funded by a special tax levy on properties in its district boundaries. A fifteen (15) member Board of Directors comprised of three (3) public appointees and twelve (12) downtown property owners, residents and/or workers governs the agency and sets policy.... .
Obviously, Anon @ 7:51, this art tour is not all the DDA does as you're seemingly trying to insinuate. Find out what the tour costs and bring that figure here and it might be something worth discussing..
What's the big deal? The tour is free and of art works that have been in place since 1973.How much could they have possibly spent on the curator, the scriptwriter and setting up the recordings online? Give me a break.I think it's a great way to get people to learn more about downtown, which is so rich in history.
There are actually some very cool pieces that didn't make it into this tour. The obelisk on the bridge, the riverfront sculptures at the bend and the Julia Tuttle sculpture in the park.
I agree, Maria.Anon sounds like the kind of person that would love to see the NEA disappear, too..
Lure me out of the shadow, please do. Lobe's portrait of a rock, Behar's M, Tuttle's bronze skirt narrative and other attractions are curious destinations easy enough to find. DDA a quasi-independent public agency blessed w a silent captive tax base revenue, administrators task is to justify expenditures dwntwn... while vertwn starves. Besides promotional material online, what can we expect from DDA. The epicenter of the americas rumbles with existentialism.
Okay, so again I ask, Anon: how much was spent on it? You're saying it was too much. Fine. How much is too much is too much for something like this tour? What's the figure? .
I'm not a statistician or a public employee but the issue here is where the funding comes from not the figure or how it's spent. The money comes from "a special tax levy on properties..." imposed on condos and businesses dwntwn. Loaded with cultural cachet, the public's acquisition of monumental sculptures may help revitalize, but only a rush of affluent tenants will ultimately transform the city center. The first vip art walk tour was $25. per person; the tour with Reddick and Collins as personal guides. They can take the O's out of downtown but the zero$ keep mounting. Rick, it's me. Relax.
Anon, I don't care who you are or why you have an interest on what I'm saying about babalu on the blog [I love my Statcounter], I'm trying to figure out what your beef is. So a tax on businesses and condos pays for the enjoyment of the arts downtown. Great! Quit trying to be cute and stop talking in code..
Quit huffin Rick. just me cranky ol' swampthing.
Actually, I do have a beef with DDA. It took them that long to figure out the same thing I did in '09 in this article? http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/things-to-do-in-downtown-miami:-)
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