Scroll through time to see the evolution of transit in Miami, from streetcars to the metro. https://t.co/KElqz0ev8U pic.twitter.com/RDOu4gVUwd— The New Tropic (@newtropicmiami) July 17, 2016
What should we make of this new campaign from The New Tropic: #MiamisNeverMovedLikeThis?
I don't want to sound overly negative but given how consistently bad the tone, tenor and direction of transportation policy in South Florida has been for decades, maybe I'm missing something, but there's no explanation to speak of -a week after first being launched- explaining what sort of depth or expertise the essays in The New Tropic will have, how much independence the authors will have to be openly criticial -when appropriate- of Miami area pols & officials (past and present) and Miami's Business Establishment.
No indication of who might be -and won't be- penning them, or even whether, surprise, many will turn out to be little more than slavish/advertorial pro-MDT and Co. content asking consumers and taxpayers to completely ignore the myopic, second-rate culture and CYA attitude towards residents that's held sway the past 40 years and... to just pretend instead.
Again, not to be critical but to me, it just doesn't seem like the way I'd launch something: in a way that raises more questions than it answers.
I hope to have more on this subject soon, possibly, with some answers and more useful information for you to ponder about @newtropicmiami, including who's really running things there, visibly and behind-the-scenes, and the identity of the parties that are trying to keep it afloat.
People I know, respect and talk to who pay attention to such matters in South Florida have some very definite thoughts about this issue and have not been shy in sharing them with me.