As a resident of Liberty Square for more than seven years, I’ve seen this community at its highs and lows. We’ve dealt with so much in the Beans, everything from gun violence to unbearable living conditions, and so I welcomed the opportunity for change when Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Comm. Audrey Edmonson introduced Liberty Square Rising.
I had my doubts, of course. How many times were we promised unit renovations, more police officers or creative ways to end the violence in the area, only to be disappointed over and over again? As a member of the Liberty Square Resident Council and young mother of two, I was proud to serve as a voice for my community. I knew how important it was to make sure families were not displaced like those in Scott Carver. I pledged to do everything in my power to avoid the need to move kids from their current schools into other, more dangerous ones, many of which have an ongoing gang problem.
When the final two offers were submitted, I finally felt the possibility of something actually happening. It was very clear to the council and residents, that Related Urban heard us and made the changes the other proposer chose not to do. I can confidently say that the plan set to be reviewed by the Board of Commissioners next month is one the people of Liberty Square can and should rally behind.
That is why on April 14, the Resident Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Related Urban, which outlines the changes we requested to their Community Benefits Agreement.
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I’d like to personally assure my community that under this plan not one family will be forced to leave their home. For the first time, we will have a community where we can live, work and play just like any other neighborhood in Miami-Dade County.
I pray that wisdom will prevail and the people of Liberty Square will finally get a chance to have a better quality of life.
Crystal Corner, vice president, Liberty Square Resident Council, Miami