Midweek Video: Can Miami Replace Silicon Valley?


Miami has over 300 highrises and a climate that many desire. The city’s mayor is hoping to lure tech business and jobs from Silicon Valley to region with low taxes, freewheeling Covid protocols, and a young and educated workforce. Dave Amos explains that Silicon Valley represents a unique global industry cluster, which gives it a competitive advantage and produced agglomeration effects. This principle applies to other places like Seattle’s own Silicon Forest. So it may not be so easy to just plug-and-play like Miami’s mayor hopes.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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Neel Blair

I can’t be the only one thinking that Miami is going to be underwater in 30 years, and any dream of being a Silicon Beach is unlikely based on this fact alone.

Honestly, the entire state of Florida has massive property value liabilities ahead of it with sea level rise, even if we do get our emissions under control. This is awful to say, but Florida’s fate for the next several decades is sealed.

Last edited 7 months ago by Neel Blair