First off, I have always had great respect for Time magazine. Secondly, I have some ideas for their editorial staff. How about this: the next time they write about Miami they should include the image of a turd. They should simply refer to the city as the “Banana Republic.” I know they want to. Might as well, considering the unsurprising and well-timed negative blow the magazine has laid on Miami once again. It began in 1981 with their expose of Miami as a crime-ridden city rife with corruption. The article “Paradise Lost” was a cover story. Sure, in 1981, that was true. Miami has had its share of big problems and has come a long way since the 80’s, except Time doesn’t seem to think so. The Magazine just relishes the chance of shining an enormous spotlight on Miami’s problems. Now, they do it again in 2006. So insurance premiums are through the roof due to recent hurricanes, and disgruntled people are leaving Miami due to the traffic, increasing land values, and other nuisances, but I simply don’t understand how that is worthy of the country and world’s attention. I don’t see how that constitutes “trouble in paradise”. Do people outside of Miami really care that insurance premiums are sky high in the city? Time Magazine seems to think so. According to Time, our city has quite a lot of corruption in the local government. This is old news. Hopefully, a salary increase will give less cause for embezzlement. Still, obvious problems aside, since when is it uncommon for people to leave Miami? I guess people didn’t leave Miami after the awesomely violent riots of the 1970’s and 80’s in the city’s black neighborhoods. During the Mariel boatlift, I’m sure everyone stayed. How about after Hurricane Andrew? Miami has been through enough blows. The city can take one from Time Magazine. It isn’t the first and it’s unlikely to be the last.
It’s a shame how such a reputable and influential magazine published such a misguided story. It made no emphasis on the city’s historic explosion in construction activity. There was not even a peep said about Miami vying for the secretariat position of the FTAA, because South Florida sees well over half of the trade between the U.S. and Latin America/Caribbean, excluding Mexico. Miami’s diverse population, culture, urban progress, and economic advantages were ignored. If the magazine is going to do a report on the city, it should have been a balanced one. Miami is widely considered one of the best, if not the best city to do business in Latin America. The indirect reference to Miami being the “Banana Republic” is a cheap shot. Is it necessary to describe such a culturally diverse and economically well positioned city in such a manner—even if it is an indirect quotation? Is the local government non-functional and inept? Are more people emigrating from Miami than are immigrating? Is the international immigrant inflow sustaining the city’s growth rate? Time Magazine would answer in the affirmative for all. That is unfortunate. Do Miamians really care when they have to wait for a drawbridge to allow a yacht to pass? Even this silly statement is made in the article. I mean how petty does it get? Of course there was the inevitable blow at the Cuban-American community. What have they done now? Exist? O yea, they still do. Bash them! So, Miami is “greedy” it seems. Presumably, NYC is pious. Maybe Las Vegas is puritanical. It could be that Los Angeles is modest. Is there no end to this pitiful waste of time and space on the magazine’s pages? The real story is that Miami is rising—literally and figuratively. The real story is that it will become one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prosperous and possibly even one of posterity’s most favored cities. Time Magazine knows, they just choose to ignore it. The irony is that as Miami’s destiny continues to unravel, it will inevitably run into more problems and Time Magazine will surely highlight them, but if the magazine wanted to do business in Latin America, where do you think they’d open up their headquarters? You guessed it, the “Banana Republic”. They can ignore Miami’s multi-billion dollar airport expansion, billions of dollars worth of historic development, and vibrant economy. It’s ok. At least Time Magazine got one thing right. Miami is paradise.
Post Script: Time Magazine reaches 173 million adults world wide per month.