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Old 02-17-2007, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Hurricane Andrew Victim Gets Power After 15 Years
Cutler Bay Woman Lived In the Dark Since Hurricane Andrew
Shoddy Repairs Prevented Her From Connecting Electricity
Volunteers Helped End 15 Years Of Cold Showers
http://cbs4.com/topstories/local_story_048002512.html (broken link)

Like many people after that horrific storm, she had a problem with an unscrupulous contractor, and when the money from the insurance settlement ran out, the contractor did too, leaving her home half-repaired and not up to code, which meant it would not have the electricity connected.

She didn't have the money to complete the work, and she didn't have anyplace else to go.

"It just never got done, and the money was gone, so I couldn't do a lot of things to allow me with Dade county to get my power back on," she said.

So she lived with it. She celebrated the new millennium with one tiny lamp and a single burner.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Key Biscayne, FL
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Default Not quiet Havana

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Jesus, how many times??? Let's talk about manipulating statistics
True. Miami is actually quite a small city. The thing is that it has such a huge metropolitan area compared to the size of Miami. If you factored in the income of coral gables, miami beach, kendall, south miami, pinecrest, miami lakes, miami shores, etc etc etc, then the average would be much better. Surely this can be done for the other cities on the list, but not in the same manner as Miami due to the fact that Miami is so small compared to it's metro area.

But that still should not take away from the fact that Miami is a craphole. I just think that people try too hard to make it Havana.
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:21 PM
 
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Here's my two cents worth: doesn't seem to me that most of the poor people here in Miami are anything but OK with it. They mosey on about their day -- keep in mind, compared to the conditions they lived in in their native country they most assuredly feel rich by comparison. I have a Haitian family living next door to me -- must be 50 of them living in that run down house, and they keep sending for more family from Haiti. Are they miserable? Nope. They are happy go lucky. They are rich in spirit.
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Old 02-25-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Poorest American cities
(Population over 250,000)
Rank City Median household income, 2006

1 Miami, FL $24,031

2 Newark, NJ $26,309

3 Cleveland, OH $27,871

4 Detroit, MI $27,871

5 Buffalo, NY $28,544

6 St. Louis, MO $30,389

7 Philadelphia, PA $30,631

8 Milwaukee, WI $31,231

9 New Orleans, LA $31,369

10 El Paso, TX $31,764

Source: U.S. Census, CNNMoney
This doesn't surprise me to be honest....

This is a city where salaries are low and housing costs are high. This is a city that you really do *not* want to be poor in.
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Here's my two cents worth: doesn't seem to me that most of the poor people here in Miami are anything but OK with it. They mosey on about their day -- keep in mind, compared to the conditions they lived in in their native country they most assuredly feel rich by comparison. I have a Haitian family living next door to me -- must be 50 of them living in that run down house, and they keep sending for more family from Haiti. Are they miserable? Nope. They are happy go lucky. They are rich in spirit.
Exactly, from where most Miamians come from, this is a step up from where they have come from. Which to them Miami is great and they are happy to be here because they know where they came from.

Also just because you are wealthy doesn't mean that you would be happy, look at Britney Spears, that girl is unhappy with her life and she is worth millions. Or look at people living in many third world countries you will find people that are happy.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:40 AM
 
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I think this survey giving the median income masks the serious problems with poverty in many of these cities. With the mean's you can more clearly see that problems in cities like Miami are much worse than people in the greater United States can even imagine. I think most people refuse to stare into the face of the truth from their nice comfortable houses. If you look for any data on Miami, you will find that they are almost all medians, which helps to hide the truth.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:39 AM
 
Location: America
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Don't worry folks, this isn't going to last (the expensiveness). The price of goods can not out pace what the local economy can bare. Well it can, but people will start leaving. When this is all said and done a lot of these greedy people who made places like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and NYC so ridiculously high as compared to the average person's income, well they are gonna have to eat a ton of humble pie.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: O-Town
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Doesn`t Miami have like the smallest city limits of any city? Most of that area is poor but alot of the surrounding areas are not bad so that makes the whole south Florida Dade area look bad.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:31 AM
 
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it's not the city, it's where in the city you live. that's how cities are. rich man, poor man and middle man all claim their portion of the city.
the suburbs is where you get one type of ppl. here in philly the suburbs are clean and quiet. no boom boxes and no litter bugs and thugs there. and the air is fresh and clean all of the time.
you get what you can afford.
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