Historic Sistrunk, Progresso Village and Flagler Village make up Fort Lauderdale’s Village District, centrally located on the northern side of downtown, convenient to Interstate 95, 595 and mass transportation including the central bus terminal, Sun Trolley, Tri-Rail commuter line and the new Brightline Florida high speed rail line. Historic Sistrunk neighborhoods feature a wide variety of single and multi-family homes, condo and rental units, and buildable lots, many of which qualify for community redevelopment funding. Attractions close by include F.A.T. Village (Flagler Arts & Technology), Riverfront, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and Las Olas Boulevard shopping district.
Historic Sistrunk has stood as the center of African-American culture and heritage in Fort Lauderdale since the earliest recorded settlers migrated from Georgia, South Carolina and the Bahamas more than 100 years ago. Many were railroad workers who settled in shanties along the railroad tracks before the turn of the twentieth century. After the tracks and stations were completed, some found other work and were residents at the time of Fort Lauderdale’s incorporation as a city in 1911. Like elsewhere in the segregated United States, a close-knit Black community emerged to provide living essentials, share values of hard work, integrity and faith, and courageously advocate for full participation for all citizens in the American dream.
Today Fort Lauderdale has established itself as a world-class international business center and one of the most desirable locations for new, expanding, or relocating businesses. Once known as a tourism-based economy, Fort Lauderdale now supports a diverse range of industries, including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, and avionics/aerospace, as well as film and television production. Historic Sistrunk is served by many public, private and parochial schools, including Dillard High School, nationally renowned for its award-winning performing arts and jazz program, and recently named the technology and entrepreneurism magnet school for Broward County.
A part of the magic of Historic Sistrunk is its active and welcoming homeowners and civic associations, including:
- Dorsey-Riverbend Homeowners Association
- Durrs Community Association
- River Garden Sweeting Estates Homeowners Association
For information about incentives to buy or build your home in Historic Sistrunk, contact:
Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency