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Old 01-05-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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I've been living in Miami for a few months and I think it's pretty decent. However, I notice you guys complain of extreme rudeness, disturbance of hearing Spanish, bad drivers, etc. Maybe it's because I'm from LI with an upbringing also focused in NYC that I'm used to the rudeness and driving and such, but seriously, I don't know what you guys expect from a city. Are many of you from rural areas or somewhere in the South with Southern Hospitality or a Midwestern friendliness?

Yeah, people in Miami can be quite rude, superficial, "it's all about me," etc. Driving also does suck here but I feel like I'm pretty used to it. So please, out of honest curiosity, where are most of you from that you feel that this is so out of the norm? In LI it's pretty much the same scenario as LI but with less Hispanic presence, though I grew up in/around a very socioeconomically diverse area.

Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Eastern Time
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From what I've seen and heard for years, some European and South American immigrants from big cities tend to feel unconfortable in Miami (not the beach), cuz whatever life of urbanity they were accostumed to is now gone. You can say the same thing about the rest of America too, everything from Dallas to Lincoln Nebraska (LOL). Miami Beach is different though, even I love that place up to a point. Sometimes I think it's based on cultural shock, at least it was for me. Highways, parking lots, strip malls, dead streets, and endless repetitive sprawl covered with palm trees is not the kind of scenery I like to see, especially when stucked in traffic for hours. In other words, it's not hatred as in wishing the worst for Miami and its people.

Now, the American people bashing Miami, are indded from those places you mentioned. Just reading "when the novelty fades" is enough to understand where they are coming from. But they don't hate, if I may say so; they just a have mix feelings of dissapointment, annoyance or and social resentment.

I think olny people like Osama Bin Laden could, LITERALLY, hate Miami. ... Hate is a big words u know...
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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Living close to NYC and spending weekends and summers there in my childhood, I can definitely feel Miami is a much different city. The fact that it is very driving oriented is one thing and in general the flashiness and fact that it seems people "notice" you a lot more--what you wear, what you look like--I don't see too many direct comments to people about how they look in NYC. Long Island is generally open space, expensive houses, strip malls, soccer moms in Range Rovers, etc, so this doesn't really bother me.

I do agree that the novelty of Miami wears off and I honestly expected it. It's only for so long South Beach is fun (I still think it is fun, just not like the first few times), the palm trees and the cool cars can still astonish people. The culture shock was still there for me slightly, but with dark hair and dark brown eyes and a distinct Mediterranean look to me, I haven't had much trouble with the actual culture.

I don't know, it's just I feel as if people bash Miami too much. I've only been here a few months and have a lot to learn and I know the city is corrupt and such, but it still has its charm and even places like NYC are not without corruption, crime, and a faded "novelty effect." I just feel very mixed opinions about it like you described: a little too much superficiality and flashiness, but I still like the city. Maybe it takes time to get used to, but I guess I have a long way to go to understanding the city.

Thanks, WINTERFRONT; I've been reading your posts here for a while and I find them quite informative!
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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To answer the OP. I am originally from Oregon but was raised in equal parts in the Bay Area of California and Raleigh, North Carolina. I have also lived in Houston for a short while but I am trying to forget that. :-)
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:08 PM
 
Location: America
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I've been living in Miami for a few months and I think it's pretty decent. However, I notice you guys complain of extreme rudeness, disturbance of hearing Spanish, bad drivers, etc. Maybe it's because I'm from LI with an upbringing also focused in NYC that I'm used to the rudeness and driving and such, but seriously, I don't know what you guys expect from a city. Are many of you from rural areas or somewhere in the South with Southern Hospitality or a Midwestern friendliness?

Yeah, people in Miami can be quite rude, superficial, "it's all about me," etc. Driving also does suck here but I feel like I'm pretty used to it. So please, out of honest curiosity, where are most of you from that you feel that this is so out of the norm? In LI it's pretty much the same scenario as LI but with less Hispanic presence, though I grew up in/around a very socioeconomically diverse area.

Thanks.
From Brooklyn I also lived in Westbury for a short time and no, Miami is not like Long Island.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: South FL
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even Cubans who live outside of FL hate Miami .

They say Society (families) down here are too 'segregated'.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Time
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I personally believe Miami is not segregated. You obviously find black people in certain neighborhoods but that's American history's fault not modern Miami's.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: America
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I personally believe Miami is not segregated. You obviously find black people in certain neighborhoods but that's American history's fault not modern Miami's.
I agree on this. If you are downtown Miami, Brickell, S. Beach you see black, white, asian, arab etc. etc. Now yes, it is more Hispanic and White than any other thing but that fits in with the over whelming majority of people in Miami.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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I'm from here and I know that people here are RUDE. You could be broken down on the side of the highway and cars wont even slow down or move over for you.

God forbid you look someone wrong in the eye or you just might get a nasty look back for no reason.

And don't even expect common courtesy from most of the people down here including employees of various retailers.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: South FL
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I personally believe Miami is not segregated. You obviously find black people in certain neighborhoods but that's American history's fault not modern Miami's.
Maybe i should've rephrased that part...what i ment is that everyone doesn't get together like many people do in other cities outside of FL.

easier explanation: there is NO union.
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