Fort Lauderdale Named Seventh "Most Exciting" Midsized City

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Yesterday, we brought you the news on how the internet made it official that Downtown Fort Lauderdale was a kickass place. But today, we're here to tell you that not just the downtown area is kickass but the whole of Fort Lauderdale is kickass. All of it.

A new study by real estate blog Movoto has Fort Lauderdale in the Top Ten of the most exciting midsized cities in America.

See also: Downtown Fort Lauderdale Named Among Top Ten Downtowns in U.S.

Fort Lauderdale? Exciting? We knew this already. But Motovo dug deep to make sure, sifting through data on different cities' nightlife, live music venues, and active life options.

"We looked at cities with a population between 120,000 and 210,000," Motovo's Chad Stiffney tells New Times. "We then took those 117 cities and ranked them based on nightlife, music venues, restaurants, and age of residents."

Each city was given a score from 1 to 117 in each of six categories. With one being the best score, the scores were averaged into what the site calls a Big Deal Score for each city. The lower the score, the better.

Like it did in the rankings, Fort Lauderdale came in seventh in Motovo's study. Although we'd venture to say it's vastly more exciting than Providence, Road Island -- which Motovo ranked number 1.

Motovo at least ranked Fort Lauderdale number one in nightlife:

It should come as absolutely no surprise that Fort Lauderdale ranked first for nightlife out of all the cities we looked at. Unlike Providence taking first overall, this was something we actually, sort of, expected knowing that the Florida party hotspot was on our list. What we didn't know is just how much nightlife this city has: one bar or club -- such as YOLO, Tap 42, and countless others -- for every 460 people. That's... impressive.

Here are the full rankings:

1. Providence, RI
2. Charleston, SC
3. Fort Collins, CO
4. Eugene, OR
5. Syracuse, NY
6. New Haven, CT
7. Fort Lauderdale, FL
8. Pasadena, CA
9. Grand Rapids, MI
10. Salt Lake City, UT

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frankd4 topcommenter

.................the "nightlife" is significantly fueled by TOURISTs who pass through ft liquordale on their way to / from CRUISEs

MY POINT is it's NOT the local yokels who made this city make this list = period

otherwise the traffic on broward and 595 during AM and PM rush hours indicate the working class regulars come and go ONLY during the day and do NOT stay downtown so most patronizing bars and restaurants for entertainment are TOURISTs

a quick observation of vehicles in LESTERs diner will indicate license plates from all over the country and canada and many rental cars of obviously visiting TOURISTs

another quick observation looking at night at the many luxury high-rise condos will tell you only a very few units are occupied with lights on

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

I didnt realize the rest of the country is that boreing for liquredale to get rated that well


@frankd4 Wrong and wrong.  The patrons in Yolo, Vibe, and down las olas are majority locals or al least South Floridians..  The "sh*t show" area is mostly South Floridians too except during spring break.  Ft Luad beach are where all the tourists are and dilutes as you go went on las olas. the . As far as some lights being out, I own a condo in a high-rise downtown and we are almost fully occupied.  Over 90%.  Many unit owners have more than one property, like up in the NE for example and do not stay all year round and only some sublet.  Riverwalk did die during the bad economy and hopefully it will return.

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@shiff71 @frankd4  

as far as the real estate market in ft liqourdale - the motto basically always will be "YOU BUY IT YOU DIE WITH IT"

newly built is what drives the condo market and premiums are obtained by developers and anything "used" is never ever worth near the original purchase price for years - basically the developers push out municipalities ability to collect impact fees and taxes into later years - when the new building units are completely SOLD OUT to the purchasers, whom then  get stuck with those accumulated accrued costs including water sewer improvements etc - and these rising monthly maintenance fees are inevitable and sometimes even special assessments have to be charged

so the developers pocket those premiums purchasers pay and the municipalities then hammer the residents in future years with higher taxes and maintenance fees that were purposely keep very low during the marketing and promotion selling period

its a con game that UNsuspecting buyers from elseswhere get screwed with over and over again

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@shiff71 @frankd4  

IF that's true then where do all these "locals" disappear to after season - where is everybody may, june through september ?

even the broward county center for the performing arts folds up their tent and YOLO VIBE and ROCCOs cut back marketing and promotion

"occupied" by snow-birds is my point - these people are NOT local yokels and are simply avoid harsh winters up north - it is this "transplanted" wealth that fuels ft liqourdale = period

i closed a few places in RIVERWALK and the business operators ALL said same thing - the place is UNsustainable year round


@frankd4 *go "west"on las olas

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