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Old 02-25-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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I was watching something on THE TODAY SHOW on NBC a week or so ago and they were down in Miami and promoting it as some type of paradise. Trouble was 99% of the scenes they were showing were rich areas few people could afford in MIAMI BEACH, a completely different town. Doesn't Miami itself have anything to offer that the media has to lie and say Miami Beach is Miami?

It's not just the TODAY SHOW, nearly every thing I see promoting Miami, only shows Miami Beach. What's up?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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They only show unique areas. You do see them occasionally in coral gables an even the redlands.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Because like it or not that's what people associate Miami with, beaches and expensive houses. So they're of course going to focus on Miami Beach, even though it's a totally different city. It's a little bit like LA & Beverly Hills or Hollywood, another example could be Arlington & Alexandria, VA, they're often associated with DC even though they're in Virginia and their own cities. Some smaller cities are just associated with their larger neighbors because of proximity, even though they're their own entities.

Coral Gables gets a lot of focus too, but again, it's tied in with Miami even though it's a totally different city. You would think Coconut Grove or Brickell would be a major focus since they're actually a part of the City of Miami in addition to being nice areas.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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Yup, absolutely right. It's flashy and sexy. Same reason when they show NYC you get all the Skyscrapers, but rarely catch a glimpse of working class neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens. Staten Island might as well be in Iowa for as little as it gets lumped in with the rest of the city.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I watched that today show thing. A few comments on what you said.
1. They never lied, the location was shown as Miami Beach. Sure they will say Miami because that is the name everyone recognizes and it's easier to say. But the whole show the location graphic said Miami Beach, FL.
2. They were on the beach which the beaches in Miami are small and there are very few of them really just one or two. They aren't like the ones on the barrier islands. So they have no choice if they want to hang around the beach.
3. I saw plenty of shots of downtown Miami and Brickell more than Miami Beach skyline shots.
4. The part with pitbull showing Miami focused on Miami. They showed downtown and him going down the Miami River. They also showed him in the little Havana area where he is building a charter school. Also showed Key Biscayne.
5. There was a long segment about the water. They showed mangroves, and pointed out the skyline of Miami. They even showed and talked about the Everglades.
6. People come to Miami for the beaches and Miami Beach. What across the bay offers which is good is only a plus to many. They aren't going to do skyline shots of Dadeland or Doral. The beach is what makes Miami famous.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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90% of the people in the U.S. don't think of Miami and Miami Beach as separate cities.

They think of Miami Beach as Miami's beach. It's as simple as that.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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Well what do you think of when you here of Rio? The sexy beaches not the horribble "favelas"! Every city has a dark side. Miami is no different.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:59 PM
 
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FIRST OFF: NBC was in town almost exclusively for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. A huge event in the city of Miami Beach. Their job was to be part of that and shoot a couple fluff reports on the city. It was really just an excuse to come down from NYC in February.

Miami's been the location for loads of different national broadcasts recently. Anyone could easily do the show from Bayside, Bayfront, AAA, or Museum Park. Katie Couric did the CBS Evening News from Watson Island a couple of years ago with the skyline behind her.

The Today Show actually did do a couple of reports on the city. About the new construction boom, the city's transformative cultural scene (lumped with NYC and London) and the almost mandatory pieces on water sports, fashion and the city's culinary scene. Pitbull showed them around Key Biscayne, the Miami River and a charter school he's part of in what I assumed was Little Havana.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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FIRST OFF: NBC was in town almost exclusively for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. A huge event in the city of Miami Beach. Their job was to be part of that and shoot a couple fluff reports on the city. It was really just an excuse to come down from NYC in February.

Miami's been the location for loads of different national broadcasts recently. Anyone could easily do the show from Bayside, Bayfront, AAA, or Museum Park. Katie Couric did the CBS Evening News from Watson Island a couple of years ago with the skyline behind her.

The Today Show actually did do a couple of reports on the city. About the new construction boom, the city's transformative cultural scene (lumped with NYC and London) and the almost mandatory pieces on water sports, fashion and the city's culinary scene. Pitbull showed them around Key Biscayne, the Miami River and a charter school he's part of in what I assumed was Little Havana.
Exactly. Not sure what the OP was talking about.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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90% of the people in the U.S. don't think of Miami and Miami Beach as separate cities.

They think of Miami Beach as Miami's beach. It's as simple as that.
^This....

It even took my mother a year to stop mailing things to me with a Miami address when I in fact live in Miami Beach.
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