Some of South Florida’s trendiest districts benefit from taxpayer dollars set aside to help the neediest neighborhoods. And it’s all perfectly legal. It happens thanks to decades old legislation and community redevelopment agencies – or CRAs.
Policy makers love CRAs because projects can move on a fast track. Politicians love it because they do not have to justify projects to the public through a vote.
How are they kept in check, and who is managing the tax payer dollars? And do CRAs still work to combat slum and blight? Issues with Helen Ferrè investigates in this special, Issues Reports – CRAs: Boom or Bust.