Last week the Miami Heat clinched the 2012 NBA Championship with a dominating win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami went into the series the underdog and most likely to be disliked. Just a year ago, the Heat (although the second best team in the country) were facing a grim, uphill climb. Similarly, Miami as a city was also facing a difficult moment as it too felt a stinging moment of loss and disappointment following the real estate crash.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 11:30am
Miami, like its basketball team, is at the top of its game - we are emerging as a global destination for tourism, business, arts and culture, finance, entertainment, and more. Maintaining this momentum will require collective humility and smarts, both in terms of where and how we deploy our community’s chief assets. If this recipe for success sounds familiar, it’s because we just witnessed a similar path to victory play out on the hard court. Now, if only we could borrow Coach Spoelstra’s playbook...
“This is more than a shot in the arm, it’s an atom bomb,” declares Tadd Schwartz, a downtown promoter. Schwartz and the DDA want to use the increased foot traffic to lure a major retailer such as Apple, Houston’s, or the ESPN zone sports bars to the neighborhood.
Over the past year, downtown Miami has filled with new residents, retailers and restaurants -- all reasons for promoters of the once-deserted area to cheer. Then the Miami Heat added two new stars in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to its lineup, and the cheering turned to a full-on celebration.
Como un trago de café exprés a una resaca recesionaria, las noticias de que el agente libre más buscado de la NBA está "trayendo mi talento a South Beach'' creó el viernes una alegría instantánea para los promotores del turismo, los hoteles y otros que esperan ganar cuando las estrellas lleguen en tropel a Miami.