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Odd Lots: This Is What Happened During The Great Florida Real Estate Bubble

A state full of booms and busts.

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During the 2008 financial crisis, Florida was an epicenter of the real estate meltdown. But for decades before that, the state has been characterized by booms and busts.

In this week's episode of the Odd Lots podcast, we speak with Arva Moore Parks, a Florida historian and preservationist about the great Florida real estate bubble of the 1920s, or as she calls it "The Boom." Parks tells us about the role of the real estate visionary George Merrick, whose influence on Florida remains today, and we discussed what this bubble had in common with others seen throughout history.


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