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Miami's Most Notoriously Named Places: Raul Martinez City Hall and More

The Hialeah City Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to take former mayor Raul Martinez's name off city hall. The current mayor, Carlos Hernandez, a longtime critic of the indicted but later cleared politician, pushed the measure, saying, "The building belongs to the people."

For good measure, the council also agreed to remove Martinez's wife's name from a low-income housing complex -- and that of former state Sen. Roberto Casas from a park.

The council cloaked the measure in the idea that nothing should be named for a person. Baloney. Miami has a long history of naming streets and other public places after bad guys. Here are the seven most infamous:

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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