December 03, 2012 — Leadership of the University of Miami met with City of Coral Gables officials November 26 to provide an update on campus programs and projects that improve life in UM’s home city, where 14,000 alumni reside. Among the highlights from the Annual Development Agreement report were updates on construction projects such as the Student Activities Center, UC Patio, and Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. Also featured were accomplishments on the University’s mobility plan, which has resulted in a 27 percent reduction in peak traffic volumes over 22 years through aggressive parking management, expanded shuttle service, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Additionally, in conjunction with the city, UM has addressed the goal of calming neighborhood traffic via median improvements and the diverting of pedestrian and vehicle movement.
Above, from left, are Craig Leen, Coral Gables city attorney; Walter Foeman, City of Coral Gables clerk; Coral Gables Vice Mayor William “Bill” Kerdyk; Coral Gables Mayor James Cason; UM Trustee Ed Williamson; Joe Natoli, UM senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer; UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks; Leonard Abess, chair of the UM Board of Trustees; UM President Donna E. Shalala; UM Trustees Ambassador Charles Cobb, Arthur Hertz, and Manuel Kadre; and Coral Gables City Manager Pat Salerno.
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