Miami, Florida, United States- Alisha
A local to Miami took me on a driving tour of some famous neighborhoods in Miami. I’m so glad that they brought me on this tour. Otherwise, I would never have known about these beautiful neighborhoods or their history. If you’re in Miami, visit these famous neighborhoods!
Neighborhood 1: Miami Design District
The first neighborhood we explored was the Miami Design District. It originally was Buena Vista. Signs referencing that neighborhood can still be seen throughout the neighborhood. Unfortunately, in the 1980s and 1990s, the neighborhood had fallen to decay. Then, Craig Robins began developing it. It is now a creative and shopping district. It’s played an important in the Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach.
"Le Corbusier" by Xavier Veilhan
This statue is part of Miami Design District. It represents Le Corbusier and how multi-talented he was. He was an architect, designer, painter, and city planner. He was a force to reckon with, especially in pioneering what is known as modern architecture.
Swinging in the middle of the Miami Design District.
As it’s a Design District, there are many fun pieces of architecture that have art woven into them. One of these is a cool swing set that has 10 or more swings. There is also a food court that has art highlighted, specifically with the seating areas. I was not able to grab a picture of it so you’ll just have to go check it out yourself!
Neighborhood 2: Wynwood
Wynwood was formerly an industrial district but is now overflown with vibrant street art. The area has many colorful murals that cover multiple walls. Even two of the schools in the neighborhood are full of murals. It all started with the RAW project: Re-imaging the arts worldwide.
These Wynwood schools had poor attendance rates and low scores. After RAW and the artists came to the schools, they have had increased school attendance and better scores. It shows how important art is in this world, even for the young populate.
Below are several of my favorite murals. Some from the Wynwood Walls and some from the schools.
Neighborhood 3: Little Havana
Of course, you will need to go check out Miami’s Little Havana. Known for its Cuban restaurants, clubs, and cigar shops. It is another multi-cultural neighborhood in Miami. There’s even a park where people play dominoes. It’s even called Domino Park by the locals. We were only able to explore these three neighborhoods. There are much more in Miami and I hope you all are able to get to Miami and explore them. Not just go to the beach and party.
Beautiful View of Miami
At the end of our tour day, we went to Rusty Pelican for appetizers and drinks. While there, we saw the sad sight of capsized boats from Hurricane Irma, iguanas, and even wild dolphins in the canal. All while eating and before seeing the beautiful sunset with the Miami skyline.
Best way to get around
I mostly took Uber. I do not recommend hop on/hop off in Miami.