Miami is called the "City of Change" and you can see why in its downtown area… it’s full of contrasts… little houses and shops and tall modernistic glass skyscrapers... the very same sight you have seen hundreds of times in Miami-based TV series.
Fondest memory: Downtown Miami is the central business district of South Florida, as the many banks and international hotel chains will suggest. The most interesting of all buildings, in my opinion, is the Bank of America Tower at International Place with its own metro station.
I will be more than a 'sometime traveller' and might be moving to Miami in fact, since I just leased a building for my business from Metro 1 Properties. The great weather and friendly people made me rethink my decision to only be there part-time. My building is down-town, and I want to find out what the best places to live down there are too...
Fondest memory: What tips would anyone have for me on finding a home to go with my office space? Metro 1 does both kinds of realty, but I don't know what areas are the best to live in? Any suggestions?
The Downtown area is a decaying part of Miami. It's the right place to buy all sorts of junk and falsifications.
Anyway, there are cool things there too: the Metro-Dade Cultural Center, Bayside Marketplace and the modern architecture of the skyscrapers.
Miami's downtown skyline is considered one
of the nation's most beautiful, or at least most colorful.
At night , the towering skyscrapers are lit in neon , and most unmistakable symbol of downtown is the NationsBank Tower.
Fondest memory: Nationsbank Tower , other funky downtown neon lighting comes from the Metromover's rainbow illuminated 4,4- mile track, which makes a circuit of downtown.
Downtown is laid out with a fairly straightforward grid, with Flagler Ave as much the main drag as any.
The downtown area is divided by the Miami River, crossed by the newly renovated Brickell Ave Bridge and continues on the south side of the river.
The north-south divider is Flagler St. the east-west divider is Miami Ave. prefixes are given to streets-N,W, S, E, NW, NE, SW, SE- based on that street's position relative to the intersection of Flagler St. and Miami Ave.
Most avenues and streets are numbered, avenues begin at 1 and count upwards the farther east and west they are from Miami Ave. so E 1st Ave is one block east of Miami Ave, while W 42nd Ave is 42 blocks west of Miami Ave. Streets are numbered progressively the farther north or south of Flagler St , so N 1st St is one block north of Flagler Ave .
Fondest memory: The city of Miami coversan enormous, sprawling area that's subdivided into neighborhoods and sections and is adjacent
to several cities. Miami is on the mainland, while the city of Miami Beach is on a thin barrier island about 4 miles east , across Biscayne Bay.
Favorite thing: In the harbor of Miami you can visit a replication of the 'Bounty' - one of the most famous sailing ships. The ship is located close to a very nice mall. I don´t remember the name of that shopping centre, but you can´t miss it while visiting the 'Bounty'.
A QUICK VISIT TO DOWNTOWN
If you want to make a quick tour around Downtown Miami, take the Circular Metro Rail. This is an elevated train that goes on a monorail. There is no driver, it goes automatically. You pay the 25c at the entrance and you can stay here as long as you want, as it does a circular way. It's got wide windows, through which you can see the nice skycrappers of Downtown.
Fondest memory: This building was made famous by the television series Miami Vice. The building was created by Gianni Versace, a world-famous designer who was murdered in his Miami home just a few years ago. The Atlantis Building is found on Bricknell Avenue. Miami Beach, Florida.
Favorite thing: I always hear it's the second largest banking center, after NY. Don't know about that, but I do know this avenue looked better 10 years ago, before the hurricane.
Favorite thing: First, the banks, then the fancy apartment buildings. Some people will recognize the famous buildings (Atlantis, Villa Regina etc.) from Miami-Vice...
Watching the sun try to make its entrance between the clouds to bring another glorious day
Giving thanks for being allowed to see such a site..