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Episode IX - Miami of the Future (1934)

Episode IX - Miami of the Future (1934)

In 1934, as the United States was mired in the Great Depression, the Miami Times was looking into the future. It published a special section conceived as a mock retrospective from the year 1950, then 16 years in the future. Part prediction and part advocacy, the paper imagined what developments might occur with regard to Miami's infrastructure, economy, and civic life. The result is occasionally prescient but often hilariously misguided. We discuss what its authors' concerns tell us about the Miami of 1934, the Miami of 1950, and perhaps indirectly, the Miami of today.