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    very curious why the most of you complaining about living in miami:-)
    every time when I talk with people that lives in miami...I always ask:"How is to live here in Miami Beach"...they are always positive..they like it..and I talk to many people..(managers,taxi driver,waiters,boucher brothers employes..and so on..
    so now..are they cheating me?:-)))

    many of you also complaining about the traffic...I think it's normal that miami dade has a lot of traffic like every big city..
    I don't know a big city without traffic..

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    Hi Toni,

    That is such a good question I made it a whole new thread.

    We love/ hate living in Miami. Ask us where the best place to vacation is, we're going to say Miami.

    Ask us where the best place to live is, and we may not say Miami. We aren't complaining, but when someone asks us how it is living here, we will give an honest answer. Living here really is not perfect. It's not perfect anywhere. But everyone seems to think it's 100% sunshine and beach days living here, and it is certainly NOT that.
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    Miami is great, and it is great to vacation here, but imagine going on a vacation tat never ends, then you have to get a job and a place to live while you are on vacation. Then imagine other people coming hereto vacation, but theirs does end. Miami is an amazing place, but any endless vacation that requires responsibilities well, that starts to get old. Also the same things people com here for, the sun, the heat, the parties, the beaches, the melting pot of so many people. Well after living here over 20 years turns to the sun(burns) , the (too much) heat, the (excessive) parties, the (overwhelming) melting pot or (too overcrowded) many people. So we all love Miami, but as Jess stated a lot of us Love/Hate Miami. If we really thought Miami was so ad then the city would not be over crowded. lol
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    Hello everyone! I lived a few years in Miami and for me it was a wonderful experience, a warm climate throughout the year, people from all over the world living or vacationing there, get everything together, from the glamor of its stores in lincoln road and shopping, to the nature of the everglades or beaches so close to everything, nightclubs, resturants typical worldwide, and its constant security police in the streets ... I loved and love this city and my dream would be back there since I left dear friends who miss you so much! I recommend it one hundred percent!

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    It's a really, really hard place to live. First, because of the culture of corruption the civic government is useless. Two, because its crowded. Three, because salaries do not keep pace with cost of living. Oh, wait, I wrote this article already.

    What makes Miami hard to live in is the people. Like it's a highly uneducated population, very transient, and not trustworthy whatsoever. So it's hard to get things done because nobody is dependable, and even when people do show up they are perpetually late. Friends aren't always your friends, don't get me started on those poor souls who try and find actual romantic relationships, and even employers can be shifty.

    The weather's nice. The traffic is bad, but there's much worse. But the people are really what makes this place unlivable.
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    I got employed here in Nuevo Habana, so the rest does not matter much.

    During the week, it's totally ok for me. I drive to work (7 miles, 15-20 minutes) without standing still a lot. I work in a nice environment with nice people (tech heads building aircraft electronics). I head home, same story. I do some chores around the house, a few times per week drive my wife to a shop after work (she does not drive).

    In the weekends, either I work or we go somewhere, though never the really big Florida things because they are too expensive or too far away (hotel, hence too expensive).

    My daughter goes to school and spends 2 hours a day on homework. She has a lot of trouble finding friends, though (she is 10) as the community is very closed and parents are so paranoid that they don't let anybody near their kids, ever. So she is a lot more bored than she ever was in the Netherlands where we come from. I mean really bored. Sitting at home, not allowed onto the street.

    My wife is totally desperate since she cannot get out of the house except to go grocery shopping by bike, or take the 1-hour bus to the nearest metrorail station. She is on a H4 co-visa with my H-1B so she is not allowed to work, and volunteering is hard as nobody knows (trusts) her. She comes to life when I get back from work, I am tired, she wants action (by car). Does not always work out.

    So, do I love or hate living in Miami?

    I like it, but my family pretty much hates it. Because they don't see much of Miami.


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    @jess & dylan: you're both right..I know living in miami is not only sun & beach...it is naive to think "if you live in miami, you've party and fun every day.."..
    For you guys..you live in miami..you see the city also from another side..also the bad side..
    and of course..if you live there and see every day tourist make party..have fun..while you have your own problem...
    But at the end..you live in a city that have something more than any other city..
    yes miami beach is always crowed..but there is a valid reason for that..

    @matt:I can imagine it, as you already said,..it's not so simple..to trust anyone..I mean miami is a mix of various people..from various nation..people comes and people goes, a lot of differents cultures...maybe the price you've to pay..to live in "paradise"..

    Yes maybe miami has a lot problems that you must life with them..but I also thing..if you leave this place..you'll miss it..(see dylan feedback

    @hoppie: I hope for your family will be better...it's never simple to start a new life in a different country, leave all friends and so...

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    Aw Hoppie, that sucks that your daughter isn't making friends. Are you living in Doral or Kendall? Have you thought about buying an old cheap car for your wife to use while you're at work? That may make things easier. Plus, you can drive in America for one year on an International license, so no need for a driving test for her.

    I've heard similar stories from others about moving here when the wife can't work. It's not easy.

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    Hoppie is way out in West Kendall I think, which is total suburbia and understandable how people could get bored with no car.

    Parents are so paranoid and ridiculous about that shit. Am I the only one who remembers walking to school. And home. And just randomly going over to someone's house after school and calling mom or dad at work like "Hey, I'm at Billy's. Pick me up on your way home?" I don't think there's any more perverts out there now than there were back then...why are parents so silly?

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    Matt, I totally second you, where we came from (Netherlands) the situation is so completely different.

    Here a school is a bunker with locked steel gates and guards around (almost armed, I understand) looking at you while you stop in front of the school in the long row of cars, and allowing you 5 seconds to transfer your cargo (child) from the car into the air lock. Then you must move out or else...

    Same when picking her up.

    In the Netherlands, 1,000 people gather around the school to drop off and pick up their kids, chattering about life, the universe, and everything, and making friends, plans, and appointments. You actually see kids, and their parents. And teachers. You can talk. Who takes the kids today? You? Ok! I'll pick her up at five. Tomorrow at our place?

    The driving situation is more complicated. My wife does not have a driver license, never drove a car before, was never needed. And here she flat out does not dare to even start taking lessons. Last week we stood first row on 88th Street, when a car wanting to turn left drove onto the crossing when the lights went yellow, trying to slip through the gap in traffic before the others came up. The car was rammed at 50 mph by another car just not making yellow from the other direction. Such things don't help getting her any confidence.

    At least my daughter now proudly states that she has seen a real car crash.


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    Hoppie, I think the fact that you claim Country Walk as your location gives you more Miami cred that half the people who moved to South Beach to bartend.

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    I would not want to learn to drive here. I hate driving here. I learnt to drive in the city of London, where my dad took me for lessons and stated, "if you can drive in the city of London, you can drive anywhere without fear." Huh. I agree, but doesn't make driving Mario Kart style on 95 any easier.

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    Oh Jess, now I get it. Your I-95 experience will improve a lot if you stop keeping all the way to the left.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni_ View Post

    Yes maybe miami has a lot problems that you must life with them..but I also thing..if you leave this place..you'll miss it..(see dylan feedback

    I left Miami three years ago and I don't miss it one bit. NYC is where it's at. So it gets cold here a few months out of the year, but there is much more to do, the people are educated, reliable, trustworthy, and it's not transient. Whatever you need you can find it anywhere in the city. All you have to do is hop on the subway. You get where you have to be in two minutes with no traffic issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiamiRentsAlot View Post
    the people are educated, reliable, trustworthy, and it's not transient.
    That must be nice. The rude and untrustworthy people are the worst here.
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    Sadly, its the people that ruin this city. And ironically, people move here for the beautiful people only to find out that they leave or are shady/stupid.

    There is a boatload of money to be made here and I'm still trying to figure out how. People buying $34ML penthouses that aren't even built yet, developers putting up buildings everywhere, huge projects being undertaken such as the Tunnel & Convention Center/Possible Casino, and Obamacare coming in to effect where all sorts of new businesses will be needed...

    Exploit it while you can, save your money, and get the heck outta here! :-)

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    Well the money comes from all over the world. Everybody wants a "place" in Miami. And there's South Americans getting their money out of there left and right. But people who live here full time and can afford that kinda stuff? That's not a big percentage.

    A was talking to a PR guy today who has a firm in Miami and has worked in London and NYC before. He said "I love Miami because everybodt wants publicity, but it's tiny. It's a village. So I only have to contact a few people." Point being, people think Miami is so huge and so rich, but really, notsomuch.

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    Good Morning Everyone,

    I love this thread because I have a love hate relationship with Miami as well. I traveled last month to Minneapolis (my home town), Seattle, and Las Vegas for business.

    The customer service is horrible in this town from restaurants to the hardware store. Waiters tips are guaranteed so don't expect anything extra from you waiters and waitress if you are in Sobe. The sales associates in boutiques are always texting and not carrying about their guests. I own a boutique back home and if my customer's were never greeted my sales associates would be fired. I wonder how these stores make rent? They sell product at full price that has been sitting on their shelves for years.

    I lived in Seattle for three years so I know what bad traffic is and I have to say Miami is not too bad. The driving skills of people on the roads here is so what is bad and adds to the traffic. I wonder where they get there drivers licenses from? I see so many people holding a phone to their ear here while driving. Catch up with the technology Miami and the laws. Drive safer on the roads-use a speakerphone and voice commands. In Seattle I would see so many women applying their makeup while driving because their commute was so long

    I always observe how Vegas is run when I am there. Their economy is based on tourism and real estate similar to Miami. I always find the customer service in restaurants and hotels to be very good because they know they have a lot of competition, they want you to spend your money, and they want you to come back. I wonder why Miami has chosen to not adopted these concepts? Maybe they don't want people to return.

    In regards to the Miami people. Don't get me started. I am from Minneapolis where people may consider us overly polite. I don't think people know the words please and thank you here. I don't think they have a concept of personal space or just don't care. They have a me first attitude vs how can I treat others kindly and respectfully.

    The dating world is pointless. Men just want sex here. They hollar and honk at you. They tell you how much money they have in the first 5 minutes of meeting them. I was raised to look at a man by his character vs the content of his wallet. I find it very morale conflicting living here.

    I work in technology and I work a lot. I love being able to look up and see the ocean and lay out in the sun whenever I have free time. There is always something to do here. The friends I have made here I will have for life because we all survive in this city called Miami together and will do anything to help each other out.
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    Default Re: Do you love or hate living in Miami?

    You need to hate to love.

    If I diss on Miami, it's only because I care. Not anything different than I do about my hometown.
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    So, Indian Barbie. That's 5 paragraphs of complaints vs. one of nice things to say, pretty much all of which could be said about a lot of places in Florida. Soooo......yeah.

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