This weekend, the New York Times published an essay by Pamela Druckerman, a former Miamian, that was part jab at the "vapid" city where she grew up, and part backhanded appreciation of Miami's cultural developments since the 1970s.
South Florida is an expensive place. Thirty-eight percent of working households in Miami spend at least half of their income on housing, according to the Miami Herald and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
Combine that with rising gas prices, congested traffic and lack of job opportunities -- it makes us wonder: What makes you stay in South Florida?
Is it the tropical climate, the beaches, the pastelitos, or something more personal? What do you sacrifice -- financially or otherwise -- by living here?
Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida should be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling.