And what does old people and palm trees have to do with anything? Have you been to parts of Sistrunk, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, Riviera Beach, Boynton Beach, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach? I know people from Miami that absolutely REFUSE to go in areas because they are just as poverty stricken and full of violence/AIDS as parts of Miami are. Who cares? Welcome to the real world and welcome to urban life in major cities. Doesn't mean as a English speaking man I have to be looked down upon because I don't speak a language that isn't even native to my country. If that is what makes Miami this Shang Ri La to you, you can have it. Throw in the corrupt politics and nepitism that runs rapid down there and I just don't see how anybody can call that place special.
Sure there is culture. I love the women in Miami, mainly because of the diversity, I love the many different kinds of food that are available. I love the weather and I love the women (yea I said it twice) . . . but my reason for being here is different from yours . . . I'm here because 90% of my family lives in Dade/Broward counties and I'm a family person . . . my wife and I also have degrees in business management and travel/hospitality and Fort Lauderdale is home to the 2 largest cruise ships in the world and an expanding airport along with approvals for big table gambling for downtown Fort Lauderdale and the largest Outlet Mall in the world . . . and I want to be in the middle of what is going to be a big scene in the upcomming years.
I have family in Colorado that absolutely love it there, I got family in Atlanta that loves it there and in North Carolina as well . . . nobody misses this place. All they miss is the warm winters and family.
What not to like ? Now just give me another superbowl win before I die and I'll be a happy camper.
I have traveled all over the United States. Lived in Kansas City and Philadelphia. Currently call Greenville, South Carolina home. I've spent time working in Washington, DC and seen all there is to see. I've been to Baltimore to Pittsburgh to amish country to Times Square to Boston to Providence to New Hampshire to Vermont and sat on the coast of Maine with incredible seafood dinners.
Climbed the mountains of the Appalachians, gamble in Biloxi, partied on Bourbon Street, celebrated New Year's in New Mexico, looked across the border into Juarez, Mexico from high rise mountains in El Paso.
Been all over Chicago and Detroit. Seen Mount Ranier on a clear day in Seattle from the top of the Space Needle, threw fish at Pike Place Market and done and seen a whole lot more.
But my heart & soul will forever stay in South Florida. You can leave South Florida but it never leaves you. There's nothing else like it in the entire world. It's an incredibly special place.
You don't solve anything by moving to a compromise location. That's the worst possible strategy. It guarantees you'll always be on the edge of the Everglades and therefore all but irrelevant. That area has no history and no pull. It reminds me of University of Miami leaders who looked at maps and lists of season ticket holders while trying to rationalize Sun Life as a positive switch, while conveniently ignoring that 25 miles removed from campus was a natural negative.
Make no mistake, the Dolphins would be in far better shape if Joe Robbie had relocated to the heart of the city. Attendance and otherwise. A great city always has opportunity to rebound, and the negatives are likely exaggerated to begin with. Quite often there's a natural lag. You'll read the most dire assessments when the area has already begun to reassert. It's like football or any sport, where a formerly great player has more chance to restore to that level than a mediocrity who has always been a mediocrity. Jeff Ireland seldom grasps that. He puts faith in Richard Marshall types. They perform on Everglades level, where they've always been. The auto industry debate was another example. There's always a big chunk willing to notice 30% efficiency and pronounce it will soon plummet to zero, instead of calmly recognizing there are foundational reasons the average has been above 70% for decades.
Every time I've been to SOFLA I've spent bunches of money and had a ****ing amazing time.
But I doubt I could live there though, something about it just doesn't appeal to me on a permanent basis.
I hate it when people who have a problem with minorities disguise it as having a problem with the language. It's Miami! Little Cuba! You learn the language you ignoramous. Public schools in all of the country offer spanish speaking classes to english speakers. Do not be mad because you are too simple minded to understand another language. When I went to South Korea I attempted to learn the language and I only went for 2 weeks and still to this day I know how to say hello "anyong-haseo" and thank you "camsamida."
If you have a problem with people speaking spanish then educate yourself or move because hispanics have only just begun to boom in south florida and the United States. There are statistics that say hispanics will be the majority in the entire United States by 2050.
The history of the United States is based on immigration and adaptation. It seems like some of you just don't know.
Did I really just read you calling people ignorant for not learning Spanish because people who are newcomers to the USA don't bother learning Spanish??
While using an example of some 2 week vacation you took where you had to learn the language of the culture you, the outsider, came into? Really? You don't see the issue with your logic?
I understand your point, but holy **** are you misplaced.