Tom Hudson http://wlrn.org en The Reality Of Retail http://wlrn.org/post/reality-retail <p></p><p><em>This program originally aired on Aug. 26, 2013. &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've wandered the hallways of the&nbsp;</span>Dadeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>Aventura<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malls or walked down Lincoln Road in Miami Beach on a Sunday afternoon, you know shopping in South Florida can be a full contact sport.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:46:38 +0000 Tom Hudson 19458 at http://wlrn.org The Reality Of Retail ENCORE: The Sunshine Economy On Agriculture http://wlrn.org/post/encore-sunshine-economy-agriculture <p></p><p>Squeezed between South Florida's neighborhoods and the Everglades is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry. Tomatoes, beans and avocados all sprout from the rocky South Florida soil along with one of the largest nursery industries growing trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants.</p><p>Agriculture generates a direct $700 million dollars a year in Miami-Dade County alone. The economic impact of the plowing, growing and picking of those crops is much larger.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:20:20 +0000 Tom Hudson 20571 at http://wlrn.org ENCORE: The Sunshine Economy On Agriculture Underwater Real Estate http://wlrn.org/post/underwater-real-estate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:54:19 +0000 Tom Hudson 23500 at http://wlrn.org Underwater Real Estate Joanna's Team Holds Their Own Against Grocery Goliaths http://wlrn.org/post/joannas-team-holds-their-own-against-grocery-goliaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late August 1992 was going to be a memorable time for Joanna </span>Lederman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, her husband Alan and sons John and Michael. They had spent the spring and summer getting ready to open a new independent grocery market. &nbsp;After all the product testing, tastings, employee training, inventory stocking, marketing and other work to get a new business off the ground, they were all set. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 23066 at http://wlrn.org Joanna's Team Holds Their Own Against Grocery Goliaths A Lot Of Dreams Behind New Urban Garden In Dania Beach http://wlrn.org/post/lot-dreams-behind-new-urban-garden-dania-beach <p>In the movie <em>Field of Dreams</em>, an Iowan farmer builds a baseball diamond in a cornfield and the ghosts of the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox materialize from the stalks.</p><p>On a 1.6-acre plot of land in Dania Beach, there's nothing so supernatural taking place. Instead, the community, along with a public-private partnership, have joined together to build an urban garden. They grow vegetables and sell them to neighbors who otherwise have a difficult time finding fresh food near their homes.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:01:55 +0000 Tom Hudson 22966 at http://wlrn.org A Lot Of Dreams Behind New Urban Garden In Dania Beach The Sunshine Economy: The Grocery Business http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-grocery-business <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Would you pay $12 for this jar of </span>pluot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> jelly?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a combination of apricots and plums. Plenty of people are shelling out the $12 for the 10-ounce jar at independent grocery store </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Joanna's Marketplace</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on South Dixie Highway in Miami.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This jelly is just one way the small store looks to compete in an increasingly crowded grocery store industry in South Florida.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:50:59 +0000 Tom Hudson 22699 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: The Grocery Business Who's Betting On Florida's Gambling Future http://wlrn.org/post/whos-betting-floridas-gambling-future <p></p><p>Legal gambling has brought in millions of dollars to the state of Florida. But it's money that could be at risk if the state does not strike a new casino deal with the Seminole Indians over an exclusive arrangement that limits competition toward certain gambling operations managed by the Native American nation.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22588 at http://wlrn.org Who's Betting On Florida's Gambling Future How Brazilians Have Helped Save South Florida Real Estate http://wlrn.org/post/how-brazilians-have-helped-save-south-florida-real-estate <p></p><p></p><p>The years 2009 and 2010 were dark days for Miami real estate. Home prices plummeted. Mortgages imploded. Foreclosures soared.</p><p>And buyers flooded in from Brazil.</p><p>Since that time, Brazilians have become the top foreign buyers of homes and especially condominiums in South Florida. As recently as June, the largest number of foreign-based online visitors to the Miami Association of Realtors website <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11109551.htm">came from Brazil</a>. In 2011 and 2012, most international buyers of residential real estate in the Miami area came from Brazil.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22512 at http://wlrn.org How Brazilians Have Helped Save South Florida Real Estate The Sunshine Economy: Brazil & South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-brazil-south-florida <p>This week was supposed to bring together the leaders of the largest and sixth-largest economies in the world. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff had been scheduled to make an official state visit to the White House but she called off the trip after it was revealed that the U.S. National Security Administration intercepted emails and telephone calls between herself, her staff and the Brazilian state energy company Petrobras.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:10:40 +0000 Tom Hudson 22367 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Brazil & South Florida Public Debt On TSE: Counting Up The Dollars And Sense http://wlrn.org/post/public-debt-tse-counting-dollars-and-sense <p></p><p>The debate in Congress over raising the debt ceiling was focused on the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. That's a huge number that has been increasing rapidly since the Great Recession. The chart above from the U.S. Federal Reserve shows the federally reported public debt jumping from $6 trillion after the 2001 recession to almost $17 trillion this fall. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22241 at http://wlrn.org Public Debt On TSE: Counting Up The Dollars And Sense Public Debt On TSE: Lining Up Lenders for Landing http://wlrn.org/post/public-debt-tse-lining-lenders-landing <p></p><p>The federal government may be partially shut down and flirting with an unprecedented debt default but the Broward County Aviation Department had no trouble borrowing $450 million this month.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22173 at http://wlrn.org Public Debt On TSE: Lining Up Lenders for Landing The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-public-debt <p></p><p>The picture above shows the beginning of a second runway at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that, once completed, is expected to cost $2.3 billion. The runway is just part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project already underway.</p><p>More than half of the project is being paid for with borrowed money. The Broward County Aviation Department will eventually assume $1.5 billion in public debt. Last week, it successfully sold $450 million worth of public bonds to continue the construction project.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22081 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt Broward County Isn't Bleeding Jobs Anymore But Hiring Has Stalled http://wlrn.org/post/broward-county-isnt-bleeding-jobs-anymore-hiring-has-stalled <p></p><p>Animals and transportation. Those are two areas Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry says residents would like to expand county services. And while the county has seen its finances improve as the housing market has recovered somewhat, the county is not looking to expand its workforce.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 21956 at http://wlrn.org Broward County Isn't Bleeding Jobs Anymore But Hiring Has Stalled Why The U.S. Should Pay People To Dig Holes And Fill Them Up To Create Jobs http://wlrn.org/post/why-us-should-pay-people-dig-holes-and-fill-them-create-jobs <p></p><p>Paul Krugman is a lightning rod for economic criticism. He's used to it. For several years Krugman has argued in his <em>New York Times</em> columns for more government stimulus spending, not less.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 21901 at http://wlrn.org Why The U.S. Should Pay People To Dig Holes And Fill Them Up To Create Jobs Miami-Dade Mayor: Some County Workers Are Overpaid, Underworked http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-mayor-some-county-workers-are-overpaid-underworked <p>Mayor Carlos Gimenez started his career as a government employee in 1975. He's still one today, but with a very different perspective. From a firefighter to mayor of Miami-Dade County, he now leads over 25,000 full-time public sector employees.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:33:53 +0000 Tom Hudson 21820 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Mayor: Some County Workers Are Overpaid, Underworked