According to some, City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz is a rat. Apparently one of the definitions of a rat is a person who “throws people out of their homes”. This is according to members of The Laborers Union who accuse him of doing just that and actually displayed a twenty foot inflated rat at the recent UC Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. Clearly this has to do with the issue of gentrification. In all due fairness, the city is not exactly tackling this important issue. What these protestors fail to realize is that the city is not kicking anyone out. Rather, new and existing landlords in prosperous urban areas are deciding to make money off of their investments. Can you believe it? These legitimate land owners are doing something positive with their real estate investments. What an outrage! And, to make matters worse, their plans are boosting property values throughout the city.
The real problem is that Mayor Manny Diaz is sitting at the helm of what is fast becoming one of America’s biggest boomtowns. So, the theory goes, if you do well, you get hated on. This theory apparently holds true for the City of Miami as well. Time Magazine and Congressman Tancredo’s recent Miami-bashing fiasco is evidence of that.
The truth is that everything is Manny the Rat’s fault. Miami being a center of International trade is also the Rat’s fault. It is obvious that the Rat is also to blame for the crystal clear warm waters that lure millions of visitors and thousands of real estate investors to Miami each year. That’s not mentioning the attractive year round warm weather which the Rat dictates as well. That animal is out of control!
C’mon haters, cut the mayor some slack. Or, don’t. The end result will remain the same. Miami will continue to boom. Random ignorant observers will continue to hate.