Born to Lose

Created after the 1980 riots, the Metro Miami Action Plan was supposed to level the playing field for blacks. What happened?

MMAP could be on the road to focusing its efforts, but its ambitions remain large and diverse. Now MMAP must convince the county manager and the commission that it can actually achieve those objectives.

If MMAP survives until 2001, Stierheim promises it will have to prove its viability to continue as part of the county. "If I am here, I would want to feel comfortable that the organization is being effectively managed and operated and that its plan is aggressively realistic, achievable, measurable, and performance-based," he says.

Even if MMAP goes away, Stierheim points out that something like it must continue to exist. "The Achilles' heel of the greater Miami is black economic disparity," he insists.

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