Take a tour around the Venice of America: Fort Lauderdale. The city is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War.
Tale of the Tape:
Fort Lauderdale Population 2007: 183,606 (City); 5,413,212 (Miami Metro) - (incorporated in 1911)
Jacksonville Pop. 2007: 805,605 (City); 1,300,823 (Metro) - (incorporated in 1832)
City population 1950: Jacksonville (204,517); Fort Lauderdale (36,328)
Metropolitan Area Growth rate (2000-2007)
Fort Lauderdale (Miami): +8.09%
Urban Area Population (2000 census)
Fort Lauderdale (Miami): 4,919,036 (ranked 5 nationwide)
Jacksonville: 882,295 (ranked 43 nationwide)
Urban Area Population Density (2000 census)
Fort Lauderdale (Miami): 4,407.4
City Population Growth from 2000 to 2007
Fort Lauderdale: +31,209
Convention Center Exhibition Space:
Fort Lauderdale: Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward Convention Center (1991) - 200,000 square feet
Jacksonville: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1986) - 78,500 square feet
Fort Lauderdale: Las Olas River House - 452 feet
Jacksonville: Bank of America Tower - 617 feet
Downtown-Based Fortune 500 companies:
Fort Lauderdale: AutoNation (138)
Jacksonville: CSX (261), Fidelity National Financial (435), Fidelity National Information Services (481)
Urban infill obstacles:
Fort Lauderdale: Florida's housing bust
Jacksonville: State & Union Streets cut off Downtown Jacksonville from Springfield.
Fort Lauderdale: Las Olas Boulevard between Downtown and Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Jacksonville: East Bay Street, located between Main Street and Liberty Street. This four block stretch is home to four bars and clubs.
Common Downtown Albatross:
Too many surface parking lots
Who's Downtown is more walkable?
Fort Lauderdale: 97 out of 100, according to walkscore.com
Jacksonville: 88 out of 100, according to walkscore.com
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Unique Fort Lauderdale
- The city had 10.35 million visitors in 2006.
- The city is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War.
- The city's population increased 230% between 1950 and 1960.
- By 1970, the city reached built out status causing the population to stagnate.
- The city covers 31.7 square miles in land area making it similar in size to pre-consolidated Jacksonville (31 square miles).
- The city was known as a spring break destination for college students from the 1940s through the 1980s.
- Companies based in Fort Lauderdale include AutoNation, Citrix Systems, DHL Express, Spirit Airlines and National Beverage Corporation.
- Port Everglades is Florida's deepest and the nation's third busiest cruise port
- The city is home to the world's largest drive-in movie theater, with 13 screens.
- The 864-foot long Henry E. Kinney Tunnel, in Downtown, is the only tunnel on public land in the state of Florida.