Hollywood has had several face-lifts to shed its old-school image, but there's still something delightfully retro about the city. Young Circle, once down-at-heel, is now Broward's first ArtsPark. On Hollywood's western outskirts, the flamboyant Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has enlivened this previously downtrodden section of the State Road 7/U.S. 441 corridor, drawing local weekenders, architecture buffs, partiers, and gamblers. But Hollywood's redevelopment efforts don't end there: new shops, restaurants, and art galleries open at a persistent clip, and the city has continually spiffed up its boardwalk—a wide pedestrian walkway along the beach—where local joggers are as commonplace as sun-seeking snowbirds from the north. On the coast of Hallandale, the beach is backed by older, towering condominiums. Inland, Hallandale has been trying to get some business from neighboring Aventura and Sunny Isles in Dade County with the development of the high-end Village at Gulfstream Park, a luxury retail arcade anchored by a reinvented casino and racetrack.
Looking back on eight decades on making travel history.More