Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held its first ever “State of Downtown” event Friday evening to showcase the growth of Miami’s urban core. Miami Commissioner and DDA Chairman Marc Sarnoff says downtown is on the upswing.
"We’re about to make leaps and bounds, progress that we haven’t made in years and years," Sarnoff said. "Miami is putting the pieces together that it needs for a vibrant economic engine."
While downtown has attracted a wealth of new residents, businesses and investment in recent years, the area still faces challenges, including poverty, homelessness, traffic and sea-level rise.
Meanwhile, the DDA itself is fighting lawsuits that seek to dissolve the authority and question its development initiatives.