BRICKELL/DOWNTOWN MIAMI

Downtown Miami is the central business district of Miami. Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard are the main north-south roads. Downtown is the historic cultural, financial, and commercial center of South Florida, tracing its history back to the 19th century. In recent years, the area has grown to become the fastest-growing area in Miami. Downtown is home to many major museums, parks, schools and colleges, banks, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and historic buildings.

As of 2009, there are approximately 71,000 year-round residents in Downtown (including neighboring Brickell and Omni), with close to 200,000 residents living in the immediate Downtown area.] Recent mass construction of high-rise residential buildings and office towers, Downtown has been revitalized with new shops, bars, parks, and restaurants opening up, attracting many new residents. Along with Brickell, Downtown has grown from 40,000 residents in 2000, to over 70,000 in 2009, making it one of the fastest-growing areas in Florida. It was estimated in February 2010, that about 550 new residents move to the Downtown area every month. As of 2009, over 190,000 office employees work in Downtown and Brickell.