Our Changing State For six weeks, Florida Matters shared stories about the state of our environment, housing, transportation, and more.
Our Changing State

Our Changing State

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For six weeks, Florida Matters shared stories about the state of our environment, housing, transportation, and more.

Most Recent Episodes

Our Changing State: Florida's shifting politics and the impact on its diverse residents

In the sixth part of our series, we're talking about Florida's politics and diversity. Florida has long been seen as a 'purple' state- a place that can tip a presidential election for Democrats or Republicans. But Governor Ron DeSantis's re-election in 2022 appeared to seal Florida's identity as a red state. But with a diverse and growing population, our state's politics are more nuanced than election results might suggest.

Our Changing State: Florida's shifting politics and the impact on its diverse residents

Our Changing State: the economics of living in Florida now

In the fifth part of our series, we're talking about the economy. Florida's economy has been labeled white hot, with a $1.4 trillion GDP and unemployment of 2.6%. That's nearly a percentage point below the national unemployment rate. But our soaring economy may be leaving some Floridians behind.

Our Changing State: understanding Florida's cultural history then and now

In the fourth part of our Changing State series, we're talking about Florida's cultural history. The discussion includes how we see ourselves, and how the rest of the world sees us, and how that's changing.

Our Changing State: understanding Florida's cultural history then and now

Our Changing State: imagining a future for Florida's transportation needs

In the third part of our series, we're talking about transportation. You can see the signs of our growing population just by taking a drive anywhere in Florida. Whether it's a commute that takes twice as long as it did a few years ago, the frustrating search for parking, or the chaos around road expansions, the simple fact is more people means more cars on the road.

Our Changing State: imagining a future for Florida's transportation needs

Our Changing State: conserving our natural environment despite growth, climate change

Florida Matters is exploring how the state's population boom is affecting important issues in our lives. In the second part of our series "Our Changing State," we're talking about the environment. Wildlands and wildlife are a big part of what Floridians love about the state. But all these people are squeezing in alongside the natural environment.

Our Changing State: conserving our natural environment despite growth, climate change

Our Changing State: how housing challenges are impacting local residents

This Florida Matters series explores how the state's population boom and politics are affecting essential issues in our lives. We wanted to find out what the rapid pace of change looks like to you: our neighbors across the Tampa Bay region. We're calling this series 'Our Changing State'. In this episode, we're talking about housing. Florida's the fastest growing state in the U.S., according to the US Census Bureau. That's made finding housing a challenge for many.

Our Changing State: how housing challenges are impacting local residents