SOUTH FLORIDA TO BECOME PAVED PARADISE?-Andrew Stelzer

03/17/06

  1. Florida to become 'paved paradise' in the next 25 years, FAU study shows

A new report analyzing the growth of 7 southeast Florida counties predicts that it will become what researchers call a “paved Paradise� in the next 25-year. The Florida Atlantic University, study, titled Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading?, found the paved paradise scenario to be the most likely of 4.

With increased population, especially Latinos, and development continuing to push west, the everglades and wetlands will suffer. Meanwhile, the quality of wages, affordable housing, and water supply will falter, but civic engagement and job growth will continue to increase.

2 other scenarios, Economic Divide, and Economic Wasteland, are even worse that the route Florida is headed. The one positive scenario, titled promised land, would require balanced housing and jobs throughout the region, reduced social disparity and a restored Everglades habitat and water supply.

Jim Murley is director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University. He tells WMNF just what a paved paradise is, and why the area between Key West in the south, and Indian River County in the North is likely to become just that.

PAVED PARADISE

That was Jim Murley is director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University. To view the report, titled Charting the Course: Where is South Florida Heading, log onto www.cuesfau.org http://www.soflo.org/course/index.htm

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