Like a gigantic magnet, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami attracted 28,208 people its opening week. In just seven days, Frost Science welcomed about 10 percent of the total number of visitors...Read More
Category: Museum & Galleries
The first railroad arrived in Miami in 1896 thanks to Julia Tuttle and her tenacity with the railroad baron Henry Flagler. The population began to rise. In 1900, 1,681 people lived in Miami; jumping to 5,471 in 1910 and by 1920, there were 29,549 people inhabiting Miami. Miami was on the move, the population doubled from 1920 to 1923.
Miami acquired the nickname “The Magic City”due to its seemingly overnight growth. By 1950, Miami’s population had nearly risen to half a million. In the late 50’s the first wave of Cubans entered into Miami and by the end of the 1960’s more than 400,000 Cubans were living in Miami-Dade County. In the late 70′s and early 80’s large amounts of money started flowing into Miami which formed the financial district, Brickell, and transformed Miami into a city of luxury cars, five star hotels, real estate development and posh nightclubs that we know it as today. Today, Miami is known as an Alpha-World City, leading in finance, international trade, commerce, culture, media and medical research/facilities. It is quickly becoming recognized as a mecca in the world of fashion and the arts, and the entertainment industry continues to invigorate Miami’s mystique. As television networks, such as ABC and Univision, join forces to form Fusion: a new network based out of Miami which targets the U.S. Hispanic population that is supposed to double by 2050, and Donald Trump revealing his plan to build an 800-acre film studio, Miami is just barely revealing the control it is about to take on its already important role on the film industry. Currently Miami has more international flights than any other airport in the U.S. and is easily the favorite entry point in the U.S. for Latin America. When the Panama Canal expansion opens in 2015, the Port of Miami will be the only port on the Eastern Seaboard, south of Norfolk, Virginia, that will be at minus 50 feet. These two aspects alone just add to the immense importance of business and opportunity in Miami. Let’s not forget that Miami is the city of sun, beaches, spectacular shopping, nightlife, cuisine and celebrities. It is not a city known for its laid back crowd but rather the “it” crowd. Although one of the biggest secrets about Miami is that it really has something for everyone. Each community within Miami offers something a little different. Aventura is north east of Miami displaying prestigious oceanfront properties through Sunny Isles. It is a popular location for second home owners although it is growing rapidly as a family oriented community. Brickell, is Miami’s financial district with fabulous shops, restaurants, night scene, Luxurious high-rise buildings and beautiful skyscrapers. Coconut Grove has a bohemian flair with plenty of artists, shops, restaurants, parks, beautiful landscapes and plenty of entertainment. The home of University of Miami, Coral Gables, is a flourishing section of Miami. The downtown Coral Gables area allows for strolling from café to boutiques while still being located next to major companies like the Bacardi Headquarters. The style of Coral Gables is very Mediterranean Revival and has kept a European flair through out the years. South Miami is known for its long time residents. It is a great area to raise a family with oversized lots and an outstanding school system. Downtown South Miami has superb restaurants, shops, theaters, hospitals, banks, grocery stores, splendid boutiques and a library all within walking distance. With a population around 12,500 and the fact that it is literally detached from the rest of Miami, Key Biscayne gives off a feel of “island life” with a strong community family friendly parks, beaches, restaurant, shops and top rated Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. South Beach is the place where you can find people from all walks of life and a diverse population with plenty of Europeans and tourists. Shop from South Point to Bal Harbor, choose to ride a bike, enjoy a day at the beach, people watch at Lincoln Road or hop on a tour guided bus and enjoy all Miami Beach has to offer. Miami Beach provides year round entertainment and hosts major film festivals, Fashion week and the prestigious and world famous Art Basel. The Wynwood Area Miami’s Art District is well known and recognized throughout the art world and part of the yearly world renowned Art Basel. Wynwood is definitely a “must visit” while in Miami and if you can get the full experience by strolling the Wynwood walls, shops, galleries, retro scene, boutiques and restaurants, the more you will appreciate Miami and all its diversity. Just north of Wynwood you have Midtown, which is definitely the up and coming area of Miami with chic restaurants and nightclubs pouring in. Within a short distance you will find the Design District. The Design District is a designer’s paradise and hub with many trendy and chic restaurants and cafes.
Downtown Miami has completely changed in the last few years. Previously, after 5PM Downtown Miami became a ghost town when all stores and the few restaurants were all closed until the next business day. Today, downtown is blossoming as a cultural arts hub with trendy restaurants, night life, beautiful skyscrapers and luxury high rise buildings.Doral is thought of as an international community, mostly South Americans and more specifically Venezuelans. Doral just voted the first Venezuelan Mayor in the history of the United States and because of its close proximity to the airport, it appears to be the hub of international freight. Kendall is the ultra-suburban outpost with affordable housing which makes it a popular location for young families. There are plenty of shops, parks, family friendly restaurants and fun activities. Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest are affluent areas, full of families. As they are not too far from Coral Gables and South Miami, many people choose to live there to have the feeling of being outside the city but still close enough to commute. This pristine neighborhood incorporated in 1996 and became The Village of Pinecrest.