Lauderhill symbolic of changing demographics in South Florida

They were a 21st century family moving into a house still stuck in the 1980s. Everywhere Michael Shorter looked - the walls, the floors, the ceiling - he saw a house that hadn't changed since the Reagan ... Full Story
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ann

Delray Beach, FL

#1 Dec 16, 2007
in other words all the white people who fled in the early 80's are still gone and not ever coming back.

the truth is the truth.

no matter how many flowers you paint on the garbage can, it will still be the garbage can.
Enough already

Ocala, FL

#2 Dec 16, 2007
ghetto
MovedtoGA

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Dec 16, 2007
The couple have even thought about moving to Atlanta one day. In their visits to Georgia, they've seen a mix of larger homes, a slower pace of life and communities that seem more cohesive.

It's this sense of community that Jacqueline Shorter most yearns for in South Florida, a place where "neighbors are watching out for me."

"I would like to know that when my kids get off the bus, that maybe you're coming out of the house and say,'Those are the Shorters' kids. I'm just going to watch and make sure they get in the house safely,'" she said. "That's the ideal neighborhood I'd like to see."

That is why I moved to GA..the first day I moved in, my neighbors CAME OVER and introducted themselves with desserts and dinner..

ALL THE KIDS play outside TOGETHER everyday after school and on the weekends...

The neighbors come over for football and we hang out in the basement..

When I pick up my kids from the bus stop I give the neighbors kids a ride down to their home..

SFL is a bubble..get out while you can..

I have visited so many other states and SFL is by far the worst..THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!
Jos

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Dec 16, 2007
ann wrote:
in other words all the white people who fled in the early 80's are still gone and not ever coming back.
the truth is the truth.
no matter how many flowers you paint on the garbage can, it will still be the garbage can.
A bigot is still a bigot no matter what he calls himself.

You're an #$&hole.
Anthony

United States

#5 Dec 16, 2007
Its true, no matter how you try to sugarcoat Lauderhill it certaintly is no haven. Just look at how Lauderhill/Inverrary was considered high end in the early 80's. The residents were predominately white and of the Jewish faith. There was miniscule crime.

Now look at Lauderhill! As more American blacks and others from different islands came to Lauderhill crime is rampant. I fell sorry for the hardworking people of color who are trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the ghetto trash, gang bangers and drug dealers have destroyed a once great community.

I spoke with a Lauderhill police officer and he said the crime is out of control. Shootings, assaults and drug dealing are common place. People are leaving the transient cesspool of S.Fl for a reason. This is one of those reasons.
Jerry

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#6 Dec 16, 2007
ann wrote:
in other words all the white people who fled in the early 80's are still gone and not ever coming back.
the truth is the truth.
no matter how many flowers you paint on the garbage can, it will still be the garbage can.
Yup and another reason why crime in Broward just keeps going up and up. Palm Beach County is just as a bad with murders at the mall and West Palm as a war zone. I was in Western Michigan and other parts of America and they still look like America. The crime in these nice places is almost non-existent.
wow this is slanted

Bound Brook, NJ

#8 Dec 16, 2007
Okay, maybe inverrary (west lauderhill) with only 70+ homes broken into in a 3 month period is a great place to live, but did the writers of this article travel across Oakland Park Blvd? Drive up and down 56th and 55th avenues. Hundreds of unemployed transients are roaming the streets at all hours. The crack problem is out of control. There are shootings and stabbings in Lauderhill WEEKLY that NEVER make the news. Royal Palm apts, Devonhunt, Inverrary Village and the circle apartments are infested with a huge gang problem. Crime is out of control, robberies, assaults, etc. Now lets go a little east. The Lauderhill mall area is lovely, I do all my holiday shopping there. The east, or "shallow" side of the city as the well educated thug residents have nammed it is a lovely oasis for raising a family, however a barbed wire electric fence and moat will be needed instead of that white picket fence. BUT LUCKILY, Lauderhill annexed a great area. The area of Sistrunk and Martin Luther King Blvd, the Swap Shop, and surrounding homes all the way down to Broward Blvd. Another wonderful Floridian Paradise with 6 people getting assasinated at an Exxon station with an AR-15 riffle last year, just as the city annexed the area. Lauderhill, should be surrounded by a wall and deemed a prison. I live in N. Lauderdale and it is quickly becoming another Lauderhill, minus the 70 million dollar cricket stadium that is as useful to me as a cricket stadium is to a caucasian
MichelleH

United States

#9 Dec 16, 2007
Maybe I am hallucinating but when you drive 441 north of sunrise up to commercial it is one empty strip after another & couldn't look any worse if a bomb dropped there.

The number of shootings, crimes, & crack use in that area is through the roof. Why don't you write any article that is truthful? What if someone from out of town read it & went there thinking it sounded like a great little area.

You go ahead and walk there by yourself at 7:00 pm...anywhere in Laudhill. I dare you.
Anthony

United States

#10 Dec 16, 2007
MichelleH wrote:
Maybe I am hallucinating but when you drive 441 north of sunrise up to commercial it is one empty strip after another & couldn't look any worse if a bomb dropped there.
The number of shootings, crimes, & crack use in that area is through the roof. Why don't you write any article that is truthful? What if someone from out of town read it & went there thinking it sounded like a great little area.
You go ahead and walk there by yourself at 7:00 pm...anywhere in Laudhill. I dare you.
I wonder if a family who was from out of town reads the article and thinks wow, great town. Then decides to visit and possibly look for a home based on the biased article. During the course of their visit they get assaulted and robbed with someone possibly getting hurt.

Could that family sue the SS for providing a false sense of security?
continue development

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Dec 16, 2007
Inverrary is great, I love that area, its the areas south of OPB that need to be bulldozed and new larger more expensive homes built. The crime is not going to go away until you get rid of the population that commits it. Once the real estate situation goes back the other way more new development will happen. Investors are wise now to buy in bad low price areas so that when the market rebounds you can bulldoze the old run down areas and build new luxury gated communites. There are plenty of people of every color and race who are law abiding citizens and who can afford new developments. until certain areas of broward are bulldozed and redeveloped we will continue to see crime.
GREAT

United States

#13 Dec 16, 2007
Hey... all you racists and jerks. I'm American (Black) and was raised in Lauderhill. Used to be great until all of you little criers let everyone in from everywhere.

You criers turned S FL into what it is with the overdevelopment and people packed in. Now you cry about it.

I want to leave too and maybe someone will buy my house. I do not feel that Broward is representative of the Christian values that I grew up with.

So... all of you complainers, did you make good on all the uncontrolled development, section 8, etc...

South Florida needs prayer. I do my part every night.
DKR

Chicago, IL

#15 Dec 17, 2007
"Continue Development" wrote: "....its the areas south of OPB that need to be bulldozed and new larger more expensive homes built. The crime is not going to go away until you get rid of the population that commits it. Once the real estate situation goes back the other way more new development will happen"....
OK....Once we displace the folks from these blighted areas, where do you suppose they'll go? Until we....all of us....city planners, developers and concerned citizens...find a way to create affordable housing and modern infrastructure in these blighted areas, the "problem" will only move.....perhaps to YOUR neighborhood.
GoneWiththeWind

United States

#17 Dec 17, 2007
MovedtoGA wrote:
That is why I moved to GA..the first day I moved in, my neighbors CAME OVER and introducted themselves with desserts and dinner..
ALL THE KIDS play outside TOGETHER everyday after school and on the weekends...
The neighbors come over for football and we hang out in the basement..
When I pick up my kids from the bus stop I give the neighbors kids a ride down to their home..
SFL is a bubble..get out while you can..
I have visited so many other states and SFL is by far the worst..THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!
Oh, yeh, absolutely! My family and I bailed out of SoFla after Wilma destroyed Lauderhill condo community, Stonebridge Gardens. Stonebridge, in its usual hopeless muddle, has never been repaired. After two years of paying a mortage on a wreck plus monthly fees plus rent to live elsewhere, we bailed. For some odd reason, we didn't feel we needed the crime, the overcrowding, the rising costs, the drug cult, the strip clubs posing as 'culture.'

Now we have almost an acre of land and a house half again as big as the condo was once. We live in the boondocks but who cares? Some in the area are black. Most are white. Again, who cares? Crime, especially violent crime, is not an issue and no one is in anyone's face when people have space. When the wind blows it doesn't, thankfully, take roofs off and people are snug and warm at home. Sure, there are drawbacks. We're about 24 miles outside a city and employment isn't good if you are young and have a long span of years to go to retire. For the retired or self employed it's fantastic. The air is clean, the water isn't brown and gross, the stars are huge and brilliant in the night sky without neon competation.

Miss South Florida? Not for one nano second.
Over it

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#18 Dec 17, 2007
It's an absolute shame what has happened to S. Fla. Broward County in particular! I remember I used to visit friends off of 56 Ave and OPB and shop at the Publix on OPB. It was quiet and peaceful and very little crime.

I was horrified to see what has happened to Lauderhill in the past 15-20 years. All you hear about is drug deals and violent crime. Property has been neglected and destroyed and it brings down the value of homes.

I am looking to move myself in a few years. Between hurricanes, crime, tax problems and insurance what reason do sane folks have to stay. I'd even consider another area in Fla or out of the state (Ga, Carolina's. Tn).

The funny part is watching these liberals try to promote S. Fla as if it is still some oasis in the sun.
Floridian

United States

#22 Feb 4, 2008
wow this is slanted wrote:
Okay, maybe inverrary (west lauderhill) with only 70+ homes broken into in a 3 month period is a great place to live, but did the writers of this article travel across Oakland Park Blvd? Drive up and down 56th and 55th avenues. Hundreds of unemployed transients are roaming the streets at all hours. The crack problem is out of control. There are shootings and stabbings in Lauderhill WEEKLY that NEVER make the news. Royal Palm apts, Devonhunt, Inverrary Village and the circle apartments are infested with a huge gang problem. Crime is out of control, robberies, assaults, etc. Now lets go a little east. The Lauderhill mall area is lovely, I do all my holiday shopping there. The east, or "shallow" side of the city as the well educated thug residents have nammed it is a lovely oasis for raising a family, however a barbed wire electric fence and moat will be needed instead of that white picket fence. BUT LUCKILY, Lauderhill annexed a great area. The area of Sistrunk and Martin Luther King Blvd, the Swap Shop, and surrounding homes all the way down to Broward Blvd. Another wonderful Floridian Paradise with 6 people getting assasinated at an Exxon station with an AR-15 riffle last year, just as the city annexed the area. Lauderhill, should be surrounded by a wall and deemed a prison. I live in N. Lauderdale and it is quickly becoming another Lauderhill, minus the 70 million dollar cricket stadium that is as useful to me as a cricket stadium is to a caucasian
North Lauderdale is no better ....since the early 1990s my relatives had to move from N lauderdale because their house was broken into three times..There is no great areas in N Lauderdale. It is also a terrible area to live. At least west Lauderhill west of University Dr is still a good place to live
SickOfItAll

Miami, FL

#23 Feb 4, 2008
More glamorization of the ghetto. What the heck is wrong with people that they have such disgusting standards. Lauderhill is heaven. OMG!!!
Local Realtor

AOL

#24 Feb 4, 2008
In the 90s cities like Plantation got smart and built a wall along 441 to keep the "inhabitants of Melrose park from coming over" and steaaling from us. Since the real estate boom, this city is flooded with undesirables. When you see a realtor, Thank them for ruining South Florida. I do..
camper of the saints

Miami, FL

#25 Nov 6, 2008
Click and win !

http://www.lauderkill.com
Spicoli

Pompano Beach, FL

#28 Nov 6, 2008
You can call me a bigot, racist, or anything else, but the truth is what it is:
The bugga boos killed this city. Not only did they run out the whites with the crime, the continue to do the crime to their own.
Good luck third world.
Mikey T

United States

#29 Nov 6, 2008
MovedtoGA wrote:
The couple have even thought about moving to Atlanta one day. In their visits to Georgia, they've seen a mix of larger homes, a slower pace of life and communities that seem more cohesive.
It's this sense of community that Jacqueline Shorter most yearns for in South Florida, a place where "neighbors are watching out for me."
"I would like to know that when my kids get off the bus, that maybe you're coming out of the house and say,'Those are the Shorters' kids. I'm just going to watch and make sure they get in the house safely,'" she said. "That's the ideal neighborhood I'd like to see."
That is why I moved to GA..the first day I moved in, my neighbors CAME OVER and introducted themselves with desserts and dinner..
ALL THE KIDS play outside TOGETHER everyday after school and on the weekends...
The neighbors come over for football and we hang out in the basement..
When I pick up my kids from the bus stop I give the neighbors kids a ride down to their home..
SFL is a bubble..get out while you can..
I have visited so many other states and SFL is by far the worst..THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!
Most "American" places are like that.
Enjoy your American Pie.

So.Fl. is for visits. Not living.

Only 7 ft. above sea level,
we are the closest to hell.

No Chi.

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