This is a common, and often valid, complaint about living in Miami. The traffic in this city can get pretty bad, especially around rush hour and on the I-95. This problem is compounded by the fact that Miami is known for aggressive and bad drivers who often get into accidents. Here in Miami, traffic signs, lights and rules are more of a suggestion vs a requirement for many drivers. It’s often joked that actually using your turn signal is a sign of weakness. Furthermore, due to a lack of public transportation, bike lanes and the spread out nature of the city, most people tend to drive or take rideshares, which only adds to the number of cars on the road.
Yet, however bad the traffic can be in Miami, the traffic is worse in New York and the West Coast. In fact, the traffic in Miami cannot compare to the horrific traffic jams you see in Los Angeles or trying to get out of NYC on a summer Friday afternoon.
A common complaint by elitist New Yorkers is that the quality of the people in Florida can’t compare to that of New Yorkers. They complain that people in Miami are inconsiderate, don’t have manners, are rude, uncouth, vain, flashy, transactional or uninteresting.
Can you imagine some bitter New Yorker airing these grievances all at once? Is this someone you’d prefer to hang out with? Also, have you spent much time recently on the dirty streets or subways of NYC?
While people will generally smile and acknowledge each other here in sunny Miami, which the Financial Times recently called the most important city in America, in New York you’re just hoping to not get shoved onto an oncoming subway train.
While it’s true that there may be some cultural differences to get used to in Miami-Dade County, we’d argue that you can find equally rude or even more annoying people anywhere, including in NYC.