MIAMI (CBSMiami) – We have some of the best weather in the world, except for hurricanes. We have white sand beaches, when they don’t erode. Glittering nightclubs, if you can afford it. A diverse population, if you can understand them. Lots of people think Miami is a paradise, so why does one poll call us the most miserable city in the nation?
That’s right. Miserable Miami, according to Forbes magazine. Worse than Detroit, a city where whole quadrants have been leveled, unemployment is among the worst in the nation, and they don’t even have great weather. Miami’s a tourist destination. Detroit, well, they try hard.
So why does Forbes think we’re miserable? Blame the housing crisis, those stinking long commutes, what Forbes said is one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, taxes, and political corruption.
They even take into account how lousy our sports teams are. That’s it. Blame the Dolphins.But, are they forgetting the great year the Panthers are having?
Miami is a place where the good life can be really, really good, for those who can afford it. But for every LeBron James and Wayne Huizenga, there are about half a gazillion people having a tough time making one end meet the other, and Forbes said it is from that well that Miami’s misery flows.
75% of the people who live here make less than $75 thousand, and given home prices, insurance, taxes, and the overall high cost of living, that doesn’t seem like a lot.
Forbes also mentions the 300-thousand-plus foreclosures, the Alvarez recall, and Luke Campbell’s candidacy for mayor.
The man who replaced Alvarez, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, took issue with some of the data used to reach the results, and even those who live here and are fed up a bit might think calling a city like Miami the most miserable place in the nation is a great way to sell a fed magazines.
But nobody likes to get up in the morning and think, “I’m off to face the misery.”
Before those people who live outside the city’s borders starting pointing fingers and snickering, the pollsters didn’t stop with Miami. West Palm Beach, that cauldron of urban misery, was ranked 4th in the most miserable cities, behind Detroit (2) and Flint, Michigan (3). Ft. Lauderdale is seventh.
Up and down the Gold Coast, Forbes thinks we’re miserable.
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