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Old 04-30-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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How is this neighborhood for living?
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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Not very good. Used to be worse but not a good neighborhood. That is also probably the most segregated area in Broward. That neighborhood used to be an overwhelmingly white, high income neighborhood and now it's an overwhelmingly black, low income neighborhood. You can feel a tense vibe both there and in surrounding neighborhoods like Broadview. That area between Broward blvd, I-95, the turnpike and 595 is kind of a tense divided mix of illegal immigrants, lower income blacks, and lower income "good ol boy" types. It does not feel like the rest of Broward.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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When you say "tense vibe" do you mean race issues?

Also, i know that Broward County has seen a huge spike in it's black population, being the county with the largest growth in black population in the United States. Has the arrival of blacks in Broward County caused substantial white flight? If so, what cities/areas have experienced white flight? Are there any areas that blacks haved moved into where a lot of whites have not moved out?
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Racially is part of it, but almost everything feels tense in that area. I don't like it.

There wasn't so much of a white flight out of a lot of the areas that the foreign blacks went to, but the whites died. The only area asides from the area I am talking about that really took a HUGE shift is the Lauderhill and Lauderdale Lakes area. It used to be mostly retirees and then they started dying. Think Flatbush in Brooklyn.

Otherwise a lot of them moved all over the county. Actually I think Davie and Cooper City are the only areas that didn't get much of an impact. Even Parkland has a notable (middle/upper middle class) black population now. Not many whites moved out of the areas but there tends to be more class issues than race issues. I.E a lot of middle/upper class blacks started heading for Miramar and Pembroke Pines and more recently Weston has been receiving a few. Proportionally there is a GENERAL flight out of this area now. The immigration is slowing down and now the area is taking serious population drops and people of all kinds are moving out because it's just too expensive and crowded. However the rest of the county is not extremely segregated on ethnic lines at all.

The funny thing about the boards is that a lot of people perceive this to be a Hispanic dominated place but it is actually predominantly non-Hispanic white and blacks are second place although significantly on socioeconomic lines...

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Old 04-30-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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Lauderhill and Lauderdale Lakes used to be mostly retirees, but they started dying out. Would not those areas have attracted more retirees to take the place of the ones that died out? It sounds like as the black population grew many retirees did not see the areas as attractive anymore, so they probably chose other (I'm thinking more white) areas to retire. White retirees dying out does not sound like a plausible argument for the major shift in racial demographics. Avoiding black neighborhoods is what it sounds like.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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Well instead of new retirees moving in, condo associations got rid of the 55+ rule (because the places weren't selling, this was before the black population started moving in), and people bought them up and started renting them out as section 8...then the property values plummeted and then foreign blacks started moving in who sort of brought a resurgence to the area.

Most of the retirees that lived there were not wealthy ones. Retirees tend to stay in 55+ communities and all of them are ritzy ones in Palm Beach County now.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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How is this neighborhood for living?
One of my closest friends from up north has a mother who bought a house over there. When ever he is here I spend a lot of time over there. I have left this area at 4 and 5 in the morning. This place is a working class area and the people are very nice. Anyone who tells you its dangerous bad or whatever has spent little to no time in that area. To clarify though I am talk about the area
that is south east of broward and 441. They are redoing some of the streets around there too (not sure what that is about) but you will be fine over there. Should add my friends mother has lived there for the last 10 yrs I think. Also most of the people there are west indian, like Jamaican, Trini etc.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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That particular area isn't half bad, that's the section with the West Indians. They are redoing the streets because of the outdated sewer system. When you get further east towards 31st ave it gets a lot worse. Although I'm not sure what the technical boundaries are of that neighborhood...it might be fine on a block by block basis but that whole area sends off weird vibes.

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Old 04-30-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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compelled to reply, have you spent time in Melrose Park like Wild Style? How can one person say the area is not good, but another says the neighborhood is fine? Those are two extremes.
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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No...I'm just going by what I saw and hear. Of course it could be wrong. It's not a huge neighborhood but I don't remember it being bad close to State Road 7 but most of it did not look good. However I have spent time in Broadview Park nearby volunteering and that place is very strange. Maybe I just have a bad taste in my mouth from experiences there. I guess it varies street by street...however I do still have a very good taste in my mouth from this super authentic Mexican place that I can't remember the name of.

I think it was called Anjonitos Mexicanos. Little hole in the wall. I'm trying to remember the name of ANOTHER restaurant in that area that I also went to that was more of a full service restaurant. Sorry for my restaurant rant but now I really want some...maybe I'm just hungry lol.

And mdiggs I'm sorry for trying to speak for someplace from what I "heard" instead of what I know. It wasn't an appropriate thing to do even if I have spent time CLOSE because as I even said my self the neighborhoods vary drastically in that area. However I KNOW that's what happened to Lauderhill.

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