I read two columns in the Miami Herald:
Michael Putney’s Editorial on the MEGAPLAN: Why give $395 million to a private enterprise? and Dade schools superintendent facing a sharp divide.
One was about the Marlins Stadium and how Mayor Alvarez and others think that the baseball team will make Miami a world class city, Michael Putney says:
“Alvarez's videotaped deposition was introduced, and in it the mayor showed a willful disregard for the team's finances. And also an inflated regard for the value of a Major League Baseball franchise. He and other defense witnesses talked about MLB being an important sign that Miami is a 'world class city.’ “
The other was about Rudy Crew vs. the School Board’s vocal minority. Crew has received national recognition for his work here:
“Crew was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. And the district is a finalist for the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education.”
Yet, he is the target on radio talk shows. We all remember Rep. Ralph Arza (Hialeah) slur, using the “N” word when talking of Crew.
Rich people, Adrienne Arsht and Paul Cejas have come to his defense. Cejas, a former school board member, even kicked in $240,000 to lure Crew here.
So what do these two article have in common? “World Class City” of course. Wasn't the American Airlines Arena suppose to make Miami a "World Class City"? And the Arsht Center, wasn't that also a "World Class City" maker? And the museums in Bicentennial Park, they are going to make this a "World Class City" too.
You can build a hundred stadiums but as long as you don’t fund our schools and take politics out of them, Miami will remain a little-shit town. You are dressing up the pig, Mayor Alvarez. Look deeper. Ridding Miami of poverty, having good transit and schools is what makes a city world class. A stadium doesn’t cut it. Just say you want baseball, don't include the "World Class City" bull, no one is buying it.
Will everyone please remove this phrase from their vocabulary until they are ready to get serious?