MIAMI–Emerging neighborhoods such as FATVillage, located in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, are hubs for local creatives who reside there, surrounded by restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries and apartments. Drawn to this creative energy and urban lifestyle, a growing number of companies are locating their businesses here and creating employment opportunities beyond the hospitality and construction jobs that defined Fort Lauderdale in the past.

So says Bradley Deckelbaum, principal of Premier Developers. He tells the word is out, and local people are choosing Fort Lauderdale over the western suburbs. That’s true whether they are young professionals just starting out, Baby Boomers who are downsizing, or people from outside the area who see Fort Lauderdale as a welcome alternative to Miami.

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