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Miami: Worst run city in U.S.? Regalado refutes report

admin | 1/18/2012, 7:30 a.m.

In a recent survey that looked at the best and worst-run cities in the U.S., the City of Miami topped the list as the worst, according to 24/7 Wall Street. To compile the list, surveyors indicated that they reviewed the local economies, fiscal discipline and standard of living of the largest 100 cities by population to determine how well each is managed. The site used the following statistics in its assessment: Violent crime per 1,000 people: 11.08 (13th highest); poverty rate: 32.4 percent (5th highest); adult population graduated from high school: 68.2 percent (4th lowest); credit rating: A2 (stable outlook); and population: 400,892. But Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, 64, says he is disturbed that the site never actually contacted him, adding that only using census numbers can be somewhat misleading.This is just a blog and is not the Wall Street Journal, but the name might confuse some people, he said. The Wall Street Journal did publish a story recently that referred to Miami as a global city and highlighted the fact that we have seen a significant increase in foreign investors putting their money into our businesses and/or moving here. They believe we are a sound place in which to do business. We feel the same way. Regalado says that while Miami-Dade County has had to layoff some of its employees, the City of Miami, while reducing salaries and benefits, has not had to fire anyone. I sense a real change in the climate here in Miami, he said. People are starting to invest in us once again. Last month we had a ceremony at the Beacon Council and welcomed 11 new businesses 10 were from abroad and included countries like Mexico, Spain and Brazil. Im not sure how that makes us the worst-run city in the U.S. And Im not going to worry about it. The survey listed Hialeah as the 10th worst-run city in the U.S. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com