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Downtown history

If you want to build the future, there’s a lot to be learned from the past. To understand just how important Downtown Miami was to the development of the City of Miami, you’ll have to do a little time traveling. Don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork for you. Sit back, relax, and take a trip through time to explore the history of Downtown Miami.

In A Considered Afternoon, we explore itineraries for decidedly local weekend afternoons spent discovering Miami’s hidden corners and unexpected treasures. Downtown is suits and ties and the 9-to-5 grind to many of us, but with an influx of new residents, a ton of history and some surprising culture, it’s also a fun place to spend a Saturday.

Before there were highways, there were railroads. Take a train ride into the past and discover the history of the Florida East Coast Railway.

There’s a place Downtown that rivals the Diamond District in NYC, and it’s home to some of Miami’s most iconic jewelers. Let’s explore the Seybold Building.

At the Wolfson Archives, more than 35,000 hours worth of Miami’s moments have been captured on film and video. They are the definitive repository of all of Florida’s visual history, from home movies to local newscasts. We visited the Wolfson Archives to see exactly what 23 million feet of film looks like in person.

We’re a young city with a long history, and nowhere is that more obvious than Downtown. Let’s explore the soaring heights and drastic declines that have defined Miami’s first neighborhood.