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Ten Reasons FAT Village's Art Walk Is Better Than Wynwood's

Every second Saturday of the month, hordes of people make the trek down to Wynwood in Miami for its art walk. It's hip, urban, and usually overshadows FAT Village's ArtWalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. But it shouldn't.

Since Wynwood's art walk is on the second Saturday and FAT Village's is on the last Saturday, you could technically attend both each month. But once you go to FAT Village's art walk, you won't want to.

If you're from Fort Lauderdale, you'll feel silly for ever wasting the gas money to go to Wynwood in the first place. If you're from Miami, you'll be reminded of Wynwood before it lost its once-artcentric ways.

See also: How Flagler Village Became Fort Lauderdale's Cultural Core

10. FAT Village art walkers can fight the tacky compulsion to take selfies with every mural. At first it didn't feel like a proper art walk. After all, where were the throngs of wannabe hipsters taking narcissistic photo shoots? I was able to see the street art without any obstruction. And it was stunning! I was able to walk on the sidewalk without photo-bombing some chick's future Facebook profile pic. I also had plenty of sidewalk to walk on. My toes were not stomped on, and my flats were not scuffed. Things were looking good.

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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