In May, in an effort to bring attention to an important problem in downtown Miami’s Central Business District, the Miami Downtown Development Authority employed a light-hearted tool to the contentious issue: the Miami Poop Map.
As the Miami Herald reported at the time:
The scatological atlas, smiling poop emojis and all, was created amid a swirling dispute between downtown boosters and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust over how to get homeless men and women off the street, and how to deal with corresponding sanitation issues. The two public agencies have been feuding for about a year now, dating back to the creation of a temporary shelter program at Camillus House, and more recently with the DDA’s promotion of souped-up porta-potties.
Miami DDA’s Executive Director, Alyce Robertson, was quoted in the article:
As the chief advocate for downtown Miami’s growing base of residents, businesses and visitors from around the world, the Miami DDA has been making the case that homelessness is having a disproportionate impact on our urban core for years, and yet The Homeless Trust has resorted to passing the buck and ignoring the problem.
Ron Book, chairman of the tax-funded Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, was not amused and even threatened to resign his position rather than do anything about poop-gate. So this week, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado has stepped up and pledged $500,000 for the “Pit Stop” program.
“I really feel that I owe it to downtown Miami,” Regalado was quoted as saying. “It’s an economic engine of the city.”