Another day, another survey trashing Miami.
Forty-eight hours after website 24/7 Wall St. called Miami “The Worst Place to Live in America,” Travel and Leisure Magazine released its annual poll of regular travelers. Miami came in at No. 1 on the list of “15 Rudest Cities in America,” leapfrogging New York City, which dropped to No. 3 after several years on the top perch.
Phoenix, another warm and sunny city, was deemed the second-most-rude city, Los Angeles was No. 4, and Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, rounded out the Top Five.
Miami creeped up from No. 4 on the list in 2011 to No. 2 in 2012, where it stayed until this year.
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“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could be in a bad mood here, what with the city’s perennial tropical weather and pristine beachfront real estate,” the magazine said. “Maybe it was Miami’s display of luxury, from gleaming new condos to couture boutiques that turned off travelers.”
Perhaps the perceived standoff-ishness of Miamians stems from those same travelers in 2015 ranking Miami No. 1 for Most Attractive People, No. 3 for Stylish, and No. 5 for Hip and Cool.
So, we may cut you off in traffic and ignore you in our high-rise elevators, but we look fabulous in our Prada sunglasses and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Miami also topped the list for Nightclubs and Singles Scene, and came in No. 3 for Beach Getaway and Wild Weekend.
“They’re multilingual, beautiful, and wealthy,” Florida-based travel blogger Christine Austin was quoted as saying in Travel and Leisure. “For regular folks, visiting here can feel like stumbling into a nightclub full of supermodels while you’re wearing yoga pants.”
She says the steamy weather may also be a factor. “It's hot here — like, all the time,” she said. “The kind of heat that makes you just want to blame someone.”
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