“The population characteristics in the impacted areas might impede their ability to recover,” said Maria D. Ilcheva with FIU’s Jorge Perez Metropolitan Center.
"Miami-Dade has always had population movement," Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of Planning and Operations of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU, says, "it's seeing an influx of residents from the North and West with much higher incomes who're able to buy properties and create businesses, making it unaffordable for many of the locals to live here at the wage levels they're currently being paid at their jobs."
“It’s the middle class, it’s our talent base, it’s our college graduates moving out for better opportunities elsewhere,” Maria Ilcheva, the lead of census information center at Florida International University, told the Journal of the current population decrease.
“Broward and Palm Beach seem to be holding on. Miami-Dade right now is just viewed as this costly county and difficult place to get around,” said noted South Florida housing expert Ned Murray.
“It’s the middle class, it’s our talent base, it’s our college graduates moving out for better opportunities elsewhere,” said Maria Ilcheva, census information center lead at Florida International University’s Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center.
Ned Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, says rent prices in Hialeah and similar working-class areas of Miami-Dade County are on a steady rise while other cities are cooling off.
“If you’re a worker, it’s hard to have quality of life right now,” Murray said. “There is a lot of job growth and low unemployment, but most of the employment is in the low-wage service sector.”
“This is a huge crisis,” said Dr. Edward Murray, associate director with the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University of the study’s results. “It’s a catastrophe.”
Edward “Ned” Murray, associate director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said the state Legislature should have offered some financial assistance for cities to accommodate large projects with affordable and workforce housing, instead of just running roughshod over their zoning codes.
Edward "Ned" Murray, associate director of Florida International University's Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center, is not as optimistic as Johnson. He said there might not be enough incentives for a developer to keep 40% of a building's units as workforce housing for the next 30 years.