Oakland Park has built a reputation by promoting a downtown culinary arts district which is quietly transforming the city. It is because of the success of this district that the retail corridors are gaining traction. The city offers affordable residential and commercial space, is minutes away from the ocean and is located in a major metropolitan area and its population is considered young and divers.
The city has made great strides in preparing for growth with significant investment in infrastructure, identifying the retail gaps, branding its downtown and planning for its future growth. New zoning has been implemented to provide for residential mixed-use development.