The Miami Design District is an 18-block neighborhood famous for its high-style fashion, art, modern architecture and more. The neighborhood is located just north of Wynwood, and has gained a lot popularity in recent years. Locals and tourists can enjoy a variety of retail stores, dining options, and more. Craig Robins developed the area when he purchased many of the run-down buildings in the 1980s and ’90s. Originally, the area was mainly for furniture and interior designers to showcase their work. Since then, it has become a must-see destination full of art and culture. Miami is home to many amazing neighborhoods with incredible history, here are 5 fascinating facts about the Design District you probably didn’t know:
- The neighborhood was called “Buena Vista,” and was home to a pineapple farm. In fact, signs and names with the name Buena Vista can still be seen throughout the area.
- Before becoming a center for art, retail, and culture, the 18-block neighborhood was gritty with dilapidated warehouses.
- In 2009, Christian Louboutin was the first luxury retailer to open in the design district. This marked the start of a big and important transformation for the Miami neighborhood.
- The Miami Design District is now home to more than 120 flagship luxury stores
- The district went through a $1.4 billion transformation of its four-block-plus radius