|One of the newer homes erected in the Acreage|
On the way to the Acreage, I exit the turnpike and turn onto Beeline Highway. There is not much around. Large forested lots with a few scattered gas stations -- the image one would expect when heading out to a farm. I felt as though I had stepped away from suburban south Florida.
Within a few miles, this starts to change. The overgrown look quickly turns into well-manicured shopping centers, gated communities, and golf courses. Not exactly the expectation I had in mind. I had assumed an area zoned "Agricultural Residential" would have a bucolic feel, not the country club esthetic of Boca Raton. Then again, the Acreage is situated right next to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.
Over the past couple of decades, gentrification has been the trend for south Florida. Old ranch-style farmhouses have given way to 4,000-square-foot McMansions. The long-term residents, many of whom keep farm animals, are eventually zoned out. It happened to Davie. And it might happen here now.More »