Doomed To Repeat Miami's History?

A Miami Herald columnist asks if the description of a land boom in Miami eight decades ago is a description of what is happening in the city today.
September 10, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The advertisements promised paradise, in glowing language and alluring images. Now it's Miami Beach, Miami, Sunny Isles, Aventura, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and much more -- the same promise of paradise, with different words and different pictures -- and, of course, much taller buildings.

...The similarities are more than just a real estate spree, too. The boom of the 1920s was buoyed by a new ease of transportation. Then it was the auto, now it's $49 airfares to LaGuardia, and easy access from South and Central America... Then, on Sept. 17 and 18, 1926, came the killer hurricane, and with it went the last vestiges of the boom.

Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Is that us?"

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Published on Thursday, September 9, 2004 in The Miami Herald
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