We knew success would require a commitment. A short time ago, I read other postings calling for an end to events and for the abolishment of agencies and entities that promote the downtown.
Those were the days when malls and suburban shopping centers ruled the roost. Similar stories, with varying degrees of success, happened across America. We were very different people—different ages, different religions, different races, different political parties and we had very different life experiences.
That was the philosophy that I grew up with in this town and one that I adopted when I was given the privilege of serving on the City Commission. Complacency is a killer, we are competing with other cities for investment, residents, businesses and consumer spending and we have to constantly re-invent.
Downtown Delray is successful, the job is done. But we managed to find common ground, even if, especially if, we had heated debate. There were calls for more promotion of the downtown, rent controls and action from government.
In the mid to late 80s, downtown Delray had a roughly 40 percent vacancy rate, there was very little pedestrian or vehicular traffic, hardly any place to eat and you could have gone bowling at 5 p.
Why waste the money, the argument went. It went something like this: The s were not kind to downtown Delray Beach. Big box stores such as Walmart were killing main streets across the land. But if you kill or neglect those institutions, agencies and entities those tools will be gone or damaged. Committed citizens, visionary entrepreneurs, bold elected officials and creative city staff began working together to change the fortunes of our downtown.
Once downtown Delray began to gain traction, leaders in the community developed a mantra.
And it was a vastly different place. Downtowns were left for dead and Delray was no exception. So if a part of town was broken, we assumed it could be fixed.
You ask them to reinvent—to do more, be more, create more, grow and lead. Just remember, other cities always have their eyes on your assets.
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Failure fascinates historians, especially when it follows fast on the heels of victory. In ten provocative essays5/5(2). Success is never final. In a philosophical essay titled “Finality” by the popular syndicated columnist George Matthew Adams was published in multiple newspapers.
A partial version of the saying was included in the essay. Our differences now consistently make us one of the top-ranked universities in innovation, student success, undergraduate teaching, and best value. As the president of Harvard said, “UMBC, you show the world what is possible.”.
With each great success, he would tell me to stop patting myself on the back and would remind me of one of his favorite sayings, “Success is never final.” (I think he read this in a book by Winston Churchill.). We knew success would require a commitment.
We knew success wasn’t final and that success itself would pose additional challenges (hello traffic and high rents).
Which is why when times are good you don’t declare victory, you keep working and you wake up a little bit scared because you know that complacency is a killer.Download