City of Miami
Miami, known as “The Magic City”, is always changing and evolving. The construction and urban development of downtown began in the 1890s with Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway and the assistance of Julia Tuttle, William Brickell, as well as George E. Merrick that helped bring interested developers to the area. Downtown is an urban area of Miami known as the Central Business District that was incorporated in 1896. Downtown is home to some of the oldest buildings in Miami, major ...
Miami, known as “The Magic City”, is always changing and evolving. The construction and urban development of downtown began in the 1890s with Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway and the assistance of Julia Tuttle, William Brickell, as well as George E. Merrick that helped bring interested developers to the area. Downtown is an urban area of Miami known as the Central Business District that was incorporated in 1896. Downtown is home to some of the oldest buildings in Miami, major museums, parks, government offices, courthouses, theatres and shops, and corporate headquarters as it is the historic core of Miami.
There are several attractions for anyone visiting the downtown area including the Perez Art Museum and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Museum Park, Children’s Museum, Jungle Island, the American Airlines Arena sports and entertainment arena and Bayside Marketplace for shopping and tour boats. Omni is located north on Biscayne Boulevard and recognized for its high-rise residential buildings, various hotels and the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, which includes The Ziff Ballet Opera House and Knight Concert Hall. There are several upcoming projects that will be adding to the city’s skyline.
North of downtown is the former warehouse district of Wynwood. In 2005, construction began on the "Midtown Miami" development on the northeast side of Wynwood on what was historically the Florida East Coast rail yard. The project is a large-scale, urban development that was planned with 8 high-rise residential buildings, a hotel, two parks, and a major urban shopping area, "The Shops at Midtown". In just a few short years, Wynwood has become the arts hub of South Florida. It started with murals, street art and graffiti encouraged by the neighborhood’s early developers. Today, there are more than 70 galleries and museums, dozens of new restaurants and bars, and hundreds of companies, creators and innovators working in a place that just feels alive. Multiple new condo buildings have been constructed since 2005 to accommodate the housing needs.
To the north of Midtown you will find the Design District neighborhood which is dedicated to high fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. This once-overlooked area of Miami has blossomed into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike full of high end fashion shops, public art installations and wonderful eateries, with plans for boutique hotels and new residences in the works. The Design District neighborhood recently became the first LEED ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighbor Development) Gold Certified project in Miami Dade County and only the 33rd in the entire United States.
Northeast of Wynwood is the Upper East Side of the City of Miami of older waterfront neighborhoods like Bay Pointe, Morningside and Belle Meade that have been gated in recent years and are seeing a regeneration and revitalization.
Brickell is an urban area of Miami located south of downtown and the Miami River extending south to the Rickenbacker Causeway. Brickell is South Florida’s primary financial district. A commercial boom in the 1980s resulted in mass construction of office towers in Brickell. Today the area has become one of the largest financial districts in the United States. Brickell is a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. A few hundred feet east of the northeastern side of Brickell is Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers. Brickell is a highly educated and affluent neighborhood. As a popular Brickell destination especially for the night crowd, The Shops at Mary Brickell Village offer entertainment, dining, specialty retailers and high-class fashion shops. The real estate market crash between 2008 and 2011 allowed an influx of young people, who originally couldn’t afford the high prices, to call the neighborhood home and make the area, for lack of a better term, cool. Millennials seeking cheap rents and convenient commutes swarmed Brickell’s empty condos transforming the area into the hip, walkable, urban playground making it the most populous neighborhood in Miami’s revived downtown.