The Six Worst Places in Broward

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Broward County is a wonderful place. Let's just start out by saying that.

Beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine -- there's a reason tourism is a big business here. People want to come to Broward. Yay, Broward! You go, Broward!

OK, have we built Broward up enough yet? Yes? Good. Let's knock it down.

See also: 11 Ways to Be a Cheapskate in Fort Lauderdale

Now, Broward, as we just said, we love you. We really do. After all, so many of us live inside of you. And that is by choice, my friend. But, like anybody, there are parts of you we wish didn't exist. Dirty, smelly parts that make us cringe when we catch a glimpse of them in the mirror.

We're not pointing these out just to degrade you or make you feel bad about yourself. No, we want to help you change. We want to give you a tiny shove in the right direction and watch you sail off into a beautiful sunset.

But before any of that can happen, there are some things we need to discuss.

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6. The Coral Ridge Mall
If you made the Galleria watch Schindler's List a dozen times, then told it that its cat got hit by a car, you'd have the Coral Ridge Mall. Plainly: It's sad.

When the most exciting thing inside you is a T.J. Maxx, you are a very depressing shopping center (or a very drunk girl who met a guy named T.J. Max at a bar).

The Coral Ridge Mall directory looks like a list of names Sawgrass Mills specifically told the doorman not to let into its birthday party.

Perhaps the oddest addition to the Coral Ridge Mall is the new Le Macaron (or as Auntie Anne's calls them, "That place with them fancy Oreos"). You can't make a mall better by sticking a fancy macaron shop in it. The glamour of those delicate little pastries quickly melts away when you turn a corner to see an obese gentleman shoplifting rubber sandals from Old Navy.


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Gabriele Lopes
Gabriele Lopes

I don't like Galleria! How come such a fancy Mall has a trashy food court!? I shop there but go across the street to eat at BurgerFi lol

Yelena Tsarikovsky
Yelena Tsarikovsky

It's So true! : Coral Ridge, Beach Place, Riverwalk (plaza). We used to come to Ft.Lauderdale occasionally decade ago. This places were vibrant, (good restaurants, stores, music). Now, it's a "Zombie" places, no reason for it. Why not to Do it again?, much more people living here now. than decade ago. We moved here too.

Gabriele Lopes
Gabriele Lopes

I don't agree with Coral Ridge Mall! i shop there every week... Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Bath and Body Works plus Publix! Are you kidding me!? I like it!!

Shawn Manganiello
Shawn Manganiello

Amber Riley you were talking about this place yesterday on FB.

GabyG
GabyG

How did he not include the fresh hell that is the Swap Shop??

ViennaCookies
ViennaCookies

Melissa dodged a bullet when she blew off this creeper at Hooters. 

ralphpetrucci
ralphpetrucci topcommenter

what a waste of my time this article was the WORST. Some middle class snot  - really you think Coral Ridge is the WORST shopping center in Broward? Really? A mega CVS on an island of Millionaires is the worst? You think Beach Place is the worst - then have not tried the Duck Fat Fries at Atlantic Beach Club or enjoyed the view from Lu-Lu's or Fat Tuesday's with a drink in hand.  There are so many ghetto neighborhoods away from the tourist and wealthy areas mentioned on this list --- so lets be real - this is the WORST of the BEST neighborhoods. And then to slam a mega-lux city as one of the WORST places... makes this a paper for children.

ralphpetrucci
ralphpetrucci topcommenter

what a waste of my time this article was the WORST. Some middle class snot  - really you think Coral Ridge is the WORST shopping center in Broward? Really? A mega CVS on an island of Millionaires is the worst? You think Beach Place is the worst - then have not tried the Duck Fat Fries at Atlantic Beach Club or enjoyed the view from Lu-Lu's or Fat Tuesday's with a drink in hand.  There are so many ghetto neighborhoods away from the tourist and wealthy areas mentioned on this list --- so lets be real - this is the WORST of the BEST neighborhoods. And then to slam a mega-lux city as one of the WORST places... makes this a paper for children.

ralphpetrucci
ralphpetrucci topcommenter

what a waste of my time this article was the WORST. Some middle class snot  - really you think Coral Ridge is the WORST shopping center in Broward? Really? A mega CVS on an island of Millionaires is the worst? You think Beach Place is the worst - then have not tried the Duck Fat Fries at Atlantic Beach Club or enjoyed the view from Lu-Lu's or Fat Tuesday's with a drink in hand.  There are so many ghetto neighborhoods away from the tourist and wealthy areas mentioned on this list --- so lets be real - this is the WORST of the BEST neighborhoods.

ecoguy32
ecoguy32

Definitely agree on Weston

Trip_Affleck
Trip_Affleck

you forgot the K-Mart on Oakland Park Blvd. and Oakland Park Blvd.

anonimouse
anonimouse

GREAT LIST. Sure to make enemies. 

The CVS is located very near where the best Pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale used to be: FEDCO. They had everything, at great prices. Now it's a bank. 

That's something else to add to this list, all those banks! Who needs them. Bank online.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............................how did DIRTY BLONDEs NOT make the "worst" place list with felony battering Arnald Thomas Darrah BOUNCER on the video who suckerpunches a patron from BEHIND a girl and thens stomps the patrons head while the patron is on the ground

and then the ft liquordale cops ARREST the PATRON giving the savage criminal felony batterer a free pass because cops work off-duty no-show shifts at DIRTY BLONDEs and the animal needed about a week to clear his drug-fueled system

IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE VIDEO the cops would have lied for the bouncer and GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT - bam !

tigersharkseas
tigersharkseas

What seems to be the issue with Weston and why did it make the list? Any thoughts?

Farah Artist
Farah Artist

I wondered why would they put a CVS on such a good spot.

ednicholas
ednicholas

 I saw CVS take over the Borders location and said WTF, who needs another drug store but the people in there are super friendly and having a CVS in there is better than having another piece of waterfront real estate sit empty like half the stores in Galleria. Yeah it's a terrible use of waterfront property but we have lots of that, starting with that temple to Harley Davidson on Federal Hwy.

Ditto Coral Ridge Mall, but better to have all those crap stores than to have the place sit empty.  

On target with Himmarshee where there isn't even one good restaurant to get a meal before going to an Broward Center event any more.  

Beach Place and Riverfront is what happens when developers and the city get together and something is designed by committee.  Nothing good ever comes of that.  

Maybe now that they've made downtown into a neighborhood of sorts with all the hi-rise condos something will replace Riverfront that will suit the neighborhood, starting with a grocery store.  Where do people who live in those buildings shop anyway?  

Ariel Heyaime
Ariel Heyaime

and........ the pizza sucks, awesome ending!

Jeremy D. Boyd
Jeremy D. Boyd

Everything on that list is fine some great except riverfront. Wrong on this one.

Estee Rosenberg Pavlica
Estee Rosenberg Pavlica

Coral Ridge Mall on the worst list?? Oh, it is so horrible having a TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Ross, Publix, Post Office, new AMC, and Publix, 5 minutes from beach in one Shopping Plaza! LOL

Valberta Guthrie
Valberta Guthrie

Yeah I was like what the F at CVS! Awesome spot and they put a CVS! Corporate at it's best.

Jay Michaels
Jay Michaels

Wow! I thought this was New Times BROWARD and Palm Beach! You might as well just call yourselves NT PB because you certainly just threw half your neighborhood under the bus! Granted, I moved out of state...but, that's because I'm in grad school. But, I do plan to come back...to Broward. Ya know...the county that still has a lot of great places to visit. I guess Broward officials really are trying to get rid of the tourists. SMH.

flintynardo
flintynardo

Overlooking the Intracoastal? It's actually on the Middle River. Way to not know what you are writing about, Ryan Pfeffer. Perhaps you should seek out your intellectual equals on Himmarshee.

myopinion
myopinion

Ryan I guess you should be happy that you have a place close by to get your herpes cream.

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

Haha, Weston! I live there only because of the schools because I have young kids. Other than that, pretty terrible.

Dharma Medina Cadagan
Dharma Medina Cadagan

I love all these places. Yes some may need some work lol but I still love them. Instead of making a dirt list which brings nothing good but negativity, make a list of the great memories and history a lot of these places have built up.

icculus17
icculus17 topcommenter

They needed a pharmacy East of US1, I like the CVS.  We lost a book store but is that really a surprise around here? It's all about bikinis and tank tops around here, leave your brain at home.


Let's add Revolution Live, one of the worst places to ever attend a concert.

chrislen
chrislen

miss the good times at Living Room


Sal Macaraig
Sal Macaraig

The pizza sucks big time. But that CVS is great

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

....weston does kinda look like an afterthought.....

Sue-Ellen Brown
Sue-Ellen Brown

I literally was dwl over this list! It's sarcastically funny! Sad thing is, I lived in Broward County for 4 yrs. And I don't know not 1 of these places except Weston! (The explanation for that city is hilarious!)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..............those six people that live year-round in those high-rise building in downtown FT LIQUORDALE order IN (and pay with daddy's credit card)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT...........these places that i know of riverfront,  beach place,  himmarshee,  REALLY DO SUCK

otherwise BROWARD COUNTY revenue is derived from CRUISERs and LOSERs

seven out of ten visitors go on a cruise (hence the airport runway extention) and the judicial industrial complex is a major industry (hence the new fifteen story county courthouse and new official county authorized only parking lot)

problem really is snow-birds and tourism is the economy and pay the bills BUT those people do NOT vote here - they vote where they call "home" - so the local elected politicians can be local-yokel buffoons and corrupt ergo BSO FLPD etc

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................have you been to riverfront lately ?

twilightxprince
twilightxprince

@esreveR.M.Backwards So awful. Worst venue I've ever been to anywhere.

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