Miami Beach, art deco
Miami Beach, art deco
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Seven Things Miamians Should Stop Doing

Miami is the hottest thing to emerge from a swamp since Jennifer Lopez in Anaconda. The city's friendly neighbor Doral just hosted 88 of the world's hottest women for the Miss Universe Pageant. Beacons of hotness Debbie Harry and Eva Mendes are natives.

In short, Miami is hot. But a lot of locals and outsiders forget the cool stuff this town is known for as well. Miami Beach has the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world. The city of Miami is the only major metro area in the United States to be planned by a woman (sup, Julia Tuttle!). Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. So why does the 305 produce such mixed feelings from visitors?

Well, Miami has been called rude. A lot.

It ranked high on the list of America's rudest cities by Travel + Leisure, and Miami's reputation for terrible drivers is well known and pretty universally accepted.

But for transplants — newbies attempting to make the Magic City their home — maybe there are a few things Miamians could improve upon or maybe give up altogether.

Not Miami.
Not Miami.
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7. Leaving shopping carts EVERYWHERE

Is this Miami's large-scale experiment with "found art" objects? Is there some kooky installation responsible for all of those displaced carts blocking parking spots and sitting lonely on medians? That's a nice thought, but mind-boggling laziness is the most likely culprit.

6. Parking like assholes

Maybe your beautiful baby deserves two and a half parking spaces. Why shouldn't your favorite toy get some breathing room? Well, dude, it's because you share the road with us peasants. Suck it up and be decent.

Angry.
Angry.
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5. Road raging

"Road rage is a way of life here, bro... Oh my God, I have the WORST road rage — it's crazy." How is this a bragging point? The rage is a widespread virus, unfortunately, and no one is safe. Muscled dudes will try to clip you, old ladies will shake their fists, and that marketing major on her cell will huff and shriek even as she almost causes a pileup.

4. Being way too type A at the grocery check-out

You would think those plastic dividers were coke-filled party sticks. Everyone is clawing for one, and good God, the looks you'll get if you inadvertently block them. Pop a Xanax and chill out, shoppers. No one is gonna take your groceries.

3. Pretending your pit bull isn't a pit bull

Come on, that's not a "bulldog mix." Most people new to town have no idea about the Miami-Dade pit bull ban. So when dog lovers start gushing over your precious pit, it's weird and a bit insulting when owners insist you're wrong and that beautiful boxy dog is a different breed.

2. Going to the Seaquarium and the circus and buying dogs from puppy mills

At this point, isn't it just in terrible taste? Blackfish and recent protests have shed light on Lolita the captive orca's plight at Miami Seaquarium, and the Miami Dolphins won't renew their contract with SeaWorld come March. Ringling Bros. keeps bringing its animal parade to town regardless of the controversy, and though a six-month ban on puppy sales is in place, it doesn't affect any stores already selling them. It's ultimately up to consumers and the public to ramp up the animal kindness. Miami is already one of the most dog-friendly places in the nation — just gotta spread the love.

1. Posting beach photos in the dead of winter

It's just mean. On the flip side, who wouldn't want to brag about Miami's gorgeous weather? It's sunny with temps in the 70s. But your friends up north are layering their dry skin with wool and cursing your existence. If you can't help but post photos, show some mercy and don't tag anyone. #Cruel.

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