Miami Dade is spread over 2,000 square miles at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula. The Intracoastal Waterway separates
mainland Miami from the island of Miami Beach, which is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Hemmed in between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, mainland Miami is a
virtual island. With population rising and the western suburbs all but built out, the only way to add housing is to build up. As a result, Miami, like other
South Florida areas, is experiencing a rebirth of urban living.
Broward is located between Miami Dade and Palm Beach and occupies 410 square miles.
Similar to Miami Dade, the growth philosophy of Broward from the 1960s to the 1990s was to push development west toward the Everglades.
As a result of this western sprawl, development has now reached the eastern edge of the Everglades
conservation area and there is virtually no land left to build.
Developers are now returning to the eastern cities they left behind and revitalizing those areas. Much of the new construction is centered
in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, where luxury condos and lofts, new shops, restaurants and cultural venues are being developed.