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The economy in South Florida is very similar to that in Central Florida. Compared to the more diversified economy in North Florida, tourism is by far the most significant industry in South and Central Florida, with a much smaller but vibrant agricultural industry. South Florida is also the only region of the state where ethnic foods are as popular as general American cuisine, and while there is little geographical variation for most styles of music, South Florida is known for and associated with Latin music. The Anthony J. Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University notes an unusual growth pattern of South Florida. Unlike many areas with centralized cities surrounded by development, most of South Florida is preserved natural area and designated agricultural reserves, with development restricted to a dense, narrow strip along the coast. The developed area is highly urbanized and increasingly continuous and decentralized, with no particular dominant core cities. The center projects this pattern to continue in the future.