Downtown Miami is an urban residential neighborhood. It is the central business district of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and South Florida in the United States. Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard are the main north-south roads, and Flagler Street is the main east-west road of Downtown.
From its present-day history back to the 19th century, Downtown is the area of cultural, financial, and commercial center of South Florid. In recent years, Downtown Miami has become the fastest-growing area in Miami, with large scale high-rise construction and population increase. Downtown is the home to many major museums, parks, education centers, banks, company headquarters, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and many of the oldest buildings in the city.
History of Downtown Maimi:
Downtown Miami is the historic heart of Miami. From the early 19th century, Downtown is the oldest settled area of Miami,. Urban development began in the 1890s with the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway by Standard Oil industrialist Henry Flagler down to Miami at the insistence of Julia Tuttle. Flagler, along with developers such as William Brickell and George E. Merrick helped bring the developer interest to the city with the construction of hotels, resorts, homes, and the extension of Flagler’s rail line. Flagler Street, originating in Downtown, is a major east-west road in Miami named after the tycoon; the Julia Tuttle Causeway, crossing Biscayne Bay just north of Downtown in Edgewater, is named in honor of Tuttle.
Living in Downtown:
Downtown is bound by NE 6th St to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, the Miami River to the west and south. The main shopping street, Flagler Street, museums, libraries, offices, schools and colleges, as well as the vast majority of local, county, state and federal government offices and courthouses are located within this area. Downtown is also the home of many city, county, state, and federal courthouses, jails, judge offices, and law firms.
Downtown is South Florida’s main hub for finance, commerce and international business. There are some private companies with their headquarters in downtown too.
There are two post offices in Downtown; these are- the Brickell Post Office and the Flagler Miami Post Office, by the name of the tycoons.
Downtown Miami is centered on the Central business district (CBD), best known by local Miamians as simply “Downtown”. The CBD is the historic center of Miami
Central business district skyline of Downtown Miami at night.
Downtown’s largest and most popular parks are Bayfront Park, Bicentennial Park, and Pace Park.
An aerial view of Brickell, the neighborhood south of the Miami River looking down Brickell Avenue. Brickell is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Miami, and has one of the highest population densities outside of New York City
La Época, a local Miami store, is one of the main department stores on Flagler Street. Besides Flagler Street, Downtown has two other major shopping areas, Bayside Marketplace and Mary Brickell Village in Brickell.
The average apartment sale price was $347,729 in 2010, up 15% from 2009, with the average apartment price at $300 per square foot. During the Miami building boom of the mid-first decade of the 21st century, 23,628 condominium and apartments were built in numerous high-rise towers that quickly transformed the city.
Downtown is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Government Center Station, and by 13 Metromover stations on the Downtown, Brickell, and Omni Loops.