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What should be your city’s New Year’s resolution?


We asked the following question on this week: What should be your city’s New Year’s resolution? Thanks for all of your responses. Below are some of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network at, and check back next week for another conversation.

“To become much more sustainable, recycling should be the law. Supermarkets should not be giving out plastic bags, customers should bring their own reusable ones which is pretty much the norm now in Europe. I would love to see Miami make this part of their 2015 resolutions! And do we need to keep pulling down historic buildings to make room for yet another half-empty condominium whose owners spend most of their time away from Miami? Merry 2015, Miami.”

Barbara Lawless, Miami Shores


“Homestead’s New Year’s resolution should definitely be to step up its code enforcement, which will ultimately enhance city beautification. Our city’s code enforcement department is politically driven & needs to be consistent in all neighborhoods.”

Lori Losner, Homestead


“Improve driving and riding manners! Go slower in residential areas, use turn signals, no tailgating and aggression. And bike riders, please be courteous and stay on bike paths! The rudest have been bicyclists in the Grove area. They go off with curses, jesters, taunts at any little beep. Clean it up, Miami!”

Lynne Showers, Pinecrest


“Bring together residents, business owners, politicians and planners and start a process of envisioning what the city should be like in 25 years. Issues like zoning, arts, ecology, economy, social inclusivity, schools, jobs, wellness, demographic changes and transport could be dealt with.”

Dan Thomas, Coral Gables


“Miami’s New Year’s resolution should be for the elected officials to represent the electorate and not the special interests. We were told before Christmas that the city had approved a $9million bill for a tower in the downtown area [SkyRise Miami] for infrastructure when the city faces multiple deficits in meeting the city’s needs. Is this tower really needed in Miami? That money would be better spent in school lunches and outreach programs, which we have less and less these days. So much for the trickle down economy! What part again does trickle down?”

Joseph Rodigan, Miami


“Expedite expressway construction and try to alleviate traffic around the County.”

Rafael Morales, unincorporated Miami-Dade


“Trim the fat in the city’s government and make the employees work more effectively and be courteous and helpful to the public.”

Elie Khawand, unincorporated Miami-Dade


“Miami Beach’s New Year’s resolution should be to pay attention! Sometimes we lose sight of what we have and especially here in South Florida, every square inch of property does not have to turn a profit!”

Tina Kamenel, Miami Beach


“Miami as a major city and Miami-Dade as a county is one of the most important metropolitan areas in America. It also has one of the largest population of poor people in America. The city and the county should resolve to find a way to balance the budget without having to threaten major public services that directly affect the poor, such as libraries.”

Eduardo Hernandez, Miami


“Miami’s New Year’s resolution should be to push the county, and other municipalities within Miami-Dade, to finally create a sustainable, smart, and modern mass transit system.”

Jorge de Cardenas, Miami


“To have more equity in housing rental prices.”

Gina Margillo, Miami


“My city’s New Year’s resolution should be to quit being so wasteful. My city should quit wasting so much money, quit wasting so much time trying to justify spending so much money, and quit wasting so much effort to cover up the money already wasted.”

Charles Kerr, Hollywood


“I think three for Miami-Dade County: eliminate corruption at every level, eliminate abuses from the police — raise the bar and make them act professionally, and fix traffic.”

Marcelo Salup, Coral Gables