When I first arrived in South Florida, I was struck by the nasty things that people who live in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County had to say about Miami. I would sometimes get disparaging remarks about Broward from Miami residents, but not as often and not as vehement–in fact, they often seemed just a little defensive.
I once asked a realtor who was showing us around Fort Lauderdale if he also worked in Miami-Dade, and his response was something like “Good God, no!” with appropriately emotive body language and facial expressions. He then went on at considerable length about why we wouldn’t want to live in Miami. Other people I talked to would say things like: “Oh, I never go to Miami” or “I hate Miami” or “It’s like a foreign country there.”
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