About the project

Miami Herald reporter Martha Brannigan was the driving force of this project. She worked with Grant Smith at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to analyze home and condo sales in Miami-Dade and Broward counties from 2003 through 2013 by ZIP code, calculating the median prices and the volume of arms-length sales, culled from raw data.

The raw data were provided by the Florida Department of Revenue, the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser and the Broward Property Appraiser.

Lazaro Gamio created the online interactive graphics for readers to explore the median prices and sales in local ZIPs over the 11-year period from boom to bust and back and the online story display. Kara Dapena designed the print graphics and presentation. Senior Editor Dave Wilson edited the project.

The articles focus on five ZIP codes that represent distinct segments of the local housing landscape and incorporate dozens of interviews with homeowners, investors, developers, builders, Realtors and government officials.

The featured ZIPs range from one of the area’s top performers, Key Biscayne and its spectacular bayfront mansions, to one of the poorest, West Little River and Gladeview, inner city neighborhoods pocked with foreclosed and abandoned homes. The fast-changing fate of the Brickell condo scene, the picture-perfect west Broward city of Weston, and the forsaken city of Homestead each depict a distinct slice of South Florida housing over a tumultuous decade.