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Byline: Gregory Lewis
Jun. 29--WEST PARK -- This place was supposed to be bankrupt by now.
But in its fourth year of existence, the 2.2 square miles no one wanted to annex has blossomed into a thriving city at a time many other Broward municipalities are struggling to maintain services without raising taxes or laying off employees. The county's newest city is sprucing up. It sports signs that proudly announce the city's name, landscaped medians, and a park adorned with amenities such as covered, outdoor basketball courts. Residents show their pride with neatly manicured lawns. A new mixed-use office building on U.S. 441 is expected to draw more business. "We played the hand we were dealt," said West Park City Attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks, "and we made the best …