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3. Tackle a Big Problem by Starting Small
Cities face big challenges. Sometimes the best way to tackle them is to start small. Often it’s simply a matter of taking the first step in the right direction. Doing so requires that solving the problem, however small, aligns with a city’s strategy for economic growth — and lays the foundation for addressing larger, more complex issues. Breaking problems down into smaller parts allows cities to fully understand how the problems manifest and affect individual neighborhoods and people. This allows cities to test different solutions and then apply what works to more people and places.
Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
South Florida (Miami, Gainesville)
South Florida has had its share of natural disasters. As the climate continues to change, average temperatures and sea levels are projected to rise and more extreme weather is likely to follow. Unfortunately, underserved communities are often most affected by these disasters, and they are unable to recover quickly. And storms leave lasting damage in their wake, both physical and economic. For example, the JPMorgan Chase Institute found that in Miami, Hurricane Irma disrupted family health care spending and debt payments, which both dropped and had still not recovered to baseline levels more than two months after the storm.
South Florida is taking small steps that add up to the big system-wide changes needed so that everyone is better prepared when disaster strikes. These steps include working with small businesses to prepare in the event their cash flow is disrupted after a natural disaster and researching building codes and flood zone regulations that could affect housing affordability.