There was once a time in Miami, long before this epoch of patas sucias, EDM, and LeBron James, when vagrants and vagabonds pervaded the city, and good, God-fearing folks feared proud sluts roaming the streets. Or at least that's how it appears according to the 1917 Miami city code, which Riptide discovered last week.
In a remarkable decree that's equal parts hilarious and terrifying, the freewheeling manifesto illustrates not only what our city once was but also how far it's come. For starters, officials definitely didn't want to catch anyone "sleeping in an outhouse without having first obtained permission from the owner." And if they did? It meant a fine "not exceeding ten dollars" or imprisonment of "hard labor" for ten days.