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Old 01-21-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Some people are really rude but I wouldn't say it is the majority. I do agree though many don't open doors and are terrible drivers.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: ft walton beach
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My experience is that most people down there are rude and some are nice.

One time I was in K-Mart and my shopping cart got caught on another woman's cart. I said "oops, sorry" but she just shook her cart angrily until it came loose. She had a scowl on her face that would make the devil look like a sweetie pie. If that had happened anywhere else in Florida, when I said "oops, sorry" the woman would have said "that's OK" and we'd giggle as we tried to get the carts loose. We'd then bid each other a friendly farewell. That's called civility. You're not going to find much of that down Miami way.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: MIA
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Tampa is big, spread out, and very boring. I would only live in the Tampa area if I could live in Clearwater in a waterfront, single family home big enough to put a 60 foot Hatteras and a 25 Contender. The days for buying 100 feet on the water in Clearwater for $400,000 have passed, Ft. Lauderdale and the Keys offer much better fishing, plus BLUE water, not GREEN water.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Miami is a real city, Tampa is not. Tampa is a city its fine if you want a nice climate and some things to do. But really the two cities can not compare. Miami is an international commerce hub. 3rd largest International Airport for International Passenger. The Two worlds largest crusie ship ports, Two major International airports, a major international Finance centre. World famous Night life, 4 professional sports teams. Tampa is missing the NBA.
Miami is a true urban centre, its a global city. Living in Miami is like living in Latin America more than living in the US. Tampa is somewhat Southern. I never been to Tampa much but the two cities really have nothing in common except for there baseball teams and being in the State of Florida.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: South Beach (MB, FL)
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Does having a baseball team that usually plays in a nearly empty stadium make Miami any more real?
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: in my imagination
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I moved to Miami from Tampa in 2006. I have strong opinions (both pro and con) about both.
What are your thoughts?
Glad I moved away from Miami,love it in the Tampa area,will never go back.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: ft walton beach
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Does having a baseball team that usually plays in a nearly empty stadium make Miami any more real?
Yes.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The Shires
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Miami is a real city, Tampa is not. Tampa is a city its fine if you want a nice climate and some things to do. But really the two cities can not compare. Miami is an international commerce hub. 3rd largest International Airport for International Passenger. The Two worlds largest crusie ship ports, Two major International airports, a major international Finance centre. World famous Night life, 4 professional sports teams. Tampa is missing the NBA.
Miami is a true urban centre, its a global city. Living in Miami is like living in Latin America more than living in the US. Tampa is somewhat Southern. I never been to Tampa much but the two cities really have nothing in common except for there baseball teams and being in the State of Florida.
I'm sorry, but I completely disagree with your first sentence:

"Miami is a real city, Tampa is not"

Neither of them are "real cities", in the sense of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle or Los Angeles.

Tampa is a smaller metro area than Miami, but last time I was there, I recall that although smaller, Downtown Tampa was a *lot* cleaner and nicer than Downtown Miami. Tampa is still part of the United States, while Miami is not even an "American" city anymore.

Traffic was bad last time I was in Tampa, but guess what? Drivers there (generally speaking) didn't drive in a dangerous, reckless, stupid and clueless manner.

Miami is no "commerce hub", unless you consider all the dodgy business, corruption and banana republic ethics as true "commerce".

Miami International Airport SUCKS, despite the millions of dollars wasted on that lame attempt to improve it. MIA is chaos, just like Miami itself and if Fort Lauderdale had any sense, they'd expand Fort Lauderdale Airport and make FTL the "hub" instead of MIA.

Miami doesn't have night life -- Miami Beach does, if you're into "daclub", reggaeton music, pop/dance music, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, T.I. and all that mindless cr*p. Miami Beach is also heavily overrated, IMO....it's tacky, overpriced, noisy and dirty.

Miami is a missed opportunity, IMO. It could have been a true "melting pot" of different cultures, instead of predominantly Hispanic. True urban renewal could have been achieved if the politicians here weren't so corrupt and greedy, along with the mindless developers, building dozens of those (empty) condo buildings (that is not urban renewal). Instead of investing in parks, mass transit, schools and instead of encouraging retail and commerce into Downtown Miami, all we have to show for our wasted tax dollars is a bunch of empty condo buildings.

Is Miami a "world city"? Hell no! It doesn't even come close and it shoudn't elevate itself above the likes of Orlando, Tampa or Jacksonville, because that'd just be arrogant and untrue (Miamians are known for their arrogance though, among other things). A "world city" has a heart, a soul, character, true diversity, proper infrastructure, museums, parks and actual zoning laws that prevent rampant overdevelopment -- Miami has virtually none of those things.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: ft walton beach
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I have to agree with Bcreass.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:49 AM
 
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I'm sorry, but I completely disagree with your first sentence:

"Miami is a real city, Tampa is not"

Neither of them are "real cities", in the sense of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle or Los Angeles.

Tampa is a smaller metro area than Miami, but last time I was there, I recall that although smaller, Downtown Tampa was a *lot* cleaner and nicer than Downtown Miami. Tampa is still part of the United States, while Miami is not even an "American" city anymore.

Traffic was bad last time I was in Tampa, but guess what? Drivers there (generally speaking) didn't drive in a dangerous, reckless, stupid and clueless manner.

Miami is no "commerce hub", unless you consider all the dodgy business, corruption and banana republic ethics as true "commerce".

Miami International Airport SUCKS, despite the millions of dollars wasted on that lame attempt to improve it. MIA is chaos, just like Miami itself and if Fort Lauderdale had any sense, they'd expand Fort Lauderdale Airport and make FTL the "hub" instead of MIA.

Miami doesn't have night life -- Miami Beach does, if you're into "daclub", reggaeton music, pop/dance music, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, T.I. and all that mindless cr*p. Miami Beach is also heavily overrated, IMO....it's tacky, overpriced, noisy and dirty.

Miami is a missed opportunity, IMO. It could have been a true "melting pot" of different cultures, instead of predominantly Hispanic. True urban renewal could have been achieved if the politicians here weren't so corrupt and greedy, along with the mindless developers, building dozens of those (empty) condo buildings (that is not urban renewal). Instead of investing in parks, mass transit, schools and instead of encouraging retail and commerce into Downtown Miami, all we have to show for our wasted tax dollars is a bunch of empty condo buildings.

Is Miami a "world city"? Hell no! It doesn't even come close and it shoudn't elevate itself above the likes of Orlando, Tampa or Jacksonville, because that'd just be arrogant and untrue (Miamians are known for their arrogance though, among other things). A "world city" has a heart, a soul, character, true diversity, proper infrastructure, museums, parks and actual zoning laws that prevent rampant overdevelopment -- Miami has virtually none of those things.

I have never been to MIAMI, but I am planning a trip for this summer, which is why I clicked on this forum. Everyone has there opinions on whether they like or dislike MIAMI or any city in general.

I am just wondering .... how can MIAMI not be a city because it has more people than the some of the ones that you listed?

I am not trying to start an argument... I am just wondering. The only city that I have been to out of the four listed below is Atlanta

Miami Metro Area = 5,413,212
Atlanta Metro Area = 5,278,904
Boston Metro Area = 4,482,857
Seattle Metro Area = 3,309,347
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