It's the City of Tomorrow, an ethnically diverse, growing suburb that constantly has its eye on the future.
North Lauderdale has the youngest median age in Broward -- 31, according to the 2000 census. It also had more residents who described themselves as "other," unable to fit into the choice of census ethnic choices, than any other city. "Others" rose from 2.3 percent in 1990 to 5.9 percent in 2000 in North Lauderdale.
City leaders continue to work to fashion an identity for this 32,972-population town, putting up new monuments at major road intersections and enlisting community help in improving neighborhoods.
Within North Lauderdale's four square miles are seven churches, six schools, several shopping plazas and 15 city parks or recreation facilities. The city touts its recreation department's special events, which include the Haunted Hamptons halloween celebration and the Easter Eggstravaganza. It was the first city to operate a charter high school.
About a third of the housing in this 1963-incorporated city is multifamily, including duplexes, triplexes, condominiums and town houses. According to the census, 63.7 percent of homes in North Lauderdale are owner occupied.
Some new residential developments were built recently as well.
Much of the city's muscle is put toward improving the older housing stock, built in the 1970s and ?80s, through zoning laws, better code enforcement and community policing.
Leaders say those efforts are paying off with increased property values and decreased crime.
The mayor and four other City Council members are elected from individual districts, while the city manager oversees administrative duties. City officials also took control over the North Lauderdale Water Control District, resulting in cleaner canals.
The city's Municipal Complex, which includes City Hall and the Public Safety Department, is at 701 SW 71st Ave.
City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and final Tuesdays of each month, except in August. Workshops sometimes precede the meetings, at 6:30 p.m.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times