Sometimes a story is meant to be seen rather than read. And when that happens, we at New Times grab our cameras, hit the road, and start filming.
Our videos of 2014 ranged from the weird to the serious. They tackled everything from senior porn stars to public protests. They made us go ew, aw, and huh.
Here are our five most-viewed videos of the past year.
When the city of Ft. Lauderdale launched their absurd new pedestrian safety program on Las Olas Boulevard, we had to go look for ourselves and find out just how hard it was to cross the street in Ft. Lauderdale.
In one of our cover stories this year we profiled Flagler Village, a neighborhood that has seen explosive growth in the last five years, giving Ft. Lauderdale a whole new identity in the process.
To go along with the story, we talked to some of the folks responsible for Flagler Village's new popularity.
It was perhaps the biggest story to come out of Ft. Lauderdale in 2014. New homeless feeding restrictions divided the city, and even sparked national outrage, causing celebrities to speak out against Ft. Lauderdale.
In this video, we captured a homeless feeding protest and watched as police broke up the feeding and arrested protestors.
Exxxotica was certainly one of the more interesting things to roll through Broward this year. It was fascinating, revolting, and at times both.
We knew we'd witness some nightmare-worthy scenes there, but even we weren't prepared for a couple of very honest porn stars old enough to have shaken the hand (or other things) of Calvin Coolidge. And things got even weirder when the conversation shifted to..uh, the back door.
With over 150,000 views, this was the video that started it all. Taken by a New Times freelancer, it was posted in the morning and national news by the end of the night.
Ft. Lauderdale learned a couple important public relations lessons that day: It's not a good idea to arrest the elderly and clergymen. And it's really not a good idea to do it in public.
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