Florida As Described By The New Yorker

Nov 5, 2012

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Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.

For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:

  • One, Florida "is always growing." According to the magazine, "for almost a hundred years, [Florida's] economy has been largely dependent upon an extraordinary population explosion."
  • They also write that these consistent population booms have made it "an idiosyncratic kind of cultural diversity, which has made it unlike anywhere else in America (and has made it a swing state)."
  • The magazine also explains that Florida has a "bewildering array" of immigrant groups.
  • They say that Florida's diverse population also makes it dangerous, which created a situation where "much of The New Yorker’s Florida coverage has focused on the mix of glitz and crime."

The magazine has some links to their amazing stories dating back a couple decades. It's worth clicking around.