2009 Prospective wrote:mdd- How does life in Hollywood / Ft. Lauderdale area differ (if at all) from the city of Miami?
Well for one, the Hispanic influence is far more prevalent in the Miami area than in Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale. That isn't to say it doesn't exist in the FTL/Hollywood area, but I feel as if not being able to speak and understand at least some Spanish seriously hinders your ability to do business and live in MIA. Once you go South of Ft. Lauderdale on I-95 you can really start to see the difference. Traffic is not bad in the FTL/Hollywood area.
As for the nightlife, if you live in FTL/Hollywood you're most likely either going to the Hard Rock in Hollywood or Downtown Riverwalk area of FTL Beach. You'll see a younger crowd at the Hard Rock/Riverwalk bars than you will in South Beach, IMO.
Dolphins Stadium is on the Miami-Dade/Broward County border, and it's very close to people living in the FTL/Hollywood area. I'm pretty sure the new Marlins stadium is going to be located where the Orange Bowl was which is a pretty far drive from FTL/Hollywood.
Both areas have a bevy of malls, stores, restaurants, etc. I don't feel like there is much difference in that respect.
Public schools in the Miami area are pretty brutal. There are some good public schools left in Broward County.
Anything else, PM me and I could elaborate further.