Fort Lauderdale continues to experience rapid, sustained population growth. The question isn’t whether the city will continue changing into a more urban, crowded place – it will. The question is what we do about it. If you want to show a visitor where Las Olas Boulevard is, simply point to the construction crane. From the … Continue reading A Long Walk
It was supposed to be a normal day for one of Ben Brafman’s clients. But a simple trip to a meeting ended with the client in jail. The client, who was battling a mental illness, began acting out, which prompted a bystander to call the police. Brafman assured the officers that he just needed a … Continue reading For Ben Brafman, Becoming A Leader In Mental Health And Addiction Meant Overcoming His Own Obstacles
“Hip” and “trendy” have never been words that dripped off the tongue when discussing Oakland Park. But a mixture of ambitious plans from city hall, comparatively low rents and a handful of pioneering businesses are changing the place’s look and feel. In one of the hottest brewery taprooms in the area, the game is on … Continue reading Making a Scene
Restaurants tout their dining experience to be like a family dinner, but none is as close to that as it is at Regina's Farm. Located at off of Broward Boulevard, guests are literally invited to the cook's home to dine with 100 others in her family's backyard for authentic Brazilian fare. I had seen people … Continue reading A Night at Fazendinha da Regina
Back in April, Jack and I got engaged and it's been a whirlwind ever since. To celebrate, Tatiana Lora of the Ritz Carlton kindly invited Jack and I to dine at the Fort Lauderdale hotel's new restaurant, Burlock Coast. Open since November, I met her for breakfast there once and was eager to see how … Continue reading A Celebration on the Coast
Rebecca Bradley, co-founder of landscape architect firm Cadence, helped implement Fort Lauderdale’s newest nature path, The Mockingbird Trail. The flamingo may be more iconic, but it’s the mockingbird that’s Florida’s state bird. The discreetly colored creature blends in with its surroundings, namely, the urban sprawl. It’s the idea that nature can still thrive within the … Continue reading How Fort Lauderdale’s New Mockingbird Trail Came To Be
If you haven't, you'll get your chance this weekend. Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village, the burgeoning artist neighborhood, hosts its monthly art walk the last Saturday of every month. Here, the block is filled with food trucks, artists, musicians, and craftsmen. Since its inception just a few years ago, it has put the village on the … Continue reading Have You Been to the Art Walk?
Packed tightly in the club, worshippers to the rock gods anxiously await the melodies they know by heart: The deep drone of the bass, screeching riffs emanating from electric guitar, the pounding on the snare drum, and, finally, the singer screaming the first notes into the microphone. It’s not a scene from New York, Los … Continue reading The Rockin’ Coast