Latin America's Newest Capital City: Miami

The image of Miami as the cocaine-snorting, Uzi-toting Gomorrah of America is a well-traveled one. When Thomas Ferguson, former president of the Beacon Council, an economic development body, was in South Korea thumping Miami business not long ago, he flipped on his hotel television set. There, clad in his trademark pastels, was Don Johnson blasting through a Miami Vice episode--and speaking dubbed Korean. The next morning, Ferguson learned that a Korean manufacturer of cigarette lighters had bypassed Miami when he had scouted plant locations in Florida. Why? "Oh, Miami Vice, Miami Vice, not safe, not safe," the manufacturer said.

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