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12 Interesting Facts About Miami Fully Explained With Video

Miami is the second most populous city in Florida but has one the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. It has rich history from its earliest aboriginal ancestors to the strong cultural hispanic and Haitians centres. It is a good idea before visiting any city to brush up on the cities culture. Therefore, before you stopover in the city, read through these interesting facts about Miami first.

General Facts About Miami

1. Miami's name comes from one the word Mayaimi, meaning big water.

Long before the first American pioneers established homesteads on the Miami River, its banks were occupied by the Tequesta indians.  Today, archeologists have discovered the remnants of a Tequesta fishing village on a development site in downtown Miami, and what they are finding is completing a vivid picture of what life was like for this prehistoric community of first Miamians.

The First Miamians

2. Miami manufactured a concrete 'race wall' to divide the Liberty Square development from nearby white neighbourhoods

In 1937, the Miami Housing Authority opened the main public lodging advancement in Florida called Liberty Square. Liberty square was a large public housing project that provided affordable housing for those in need. At the time this was helped out many black Americans a find better place to live. However, nearby communities that were mostly white were worried about changes to their community. They were worried among other things that that subsidized housing was devaluing their property value. To solve this "issue" the city manufactured a concrete 'race wall' to divide the Liberty Square development from nearby neighbhourhoods.

Liberty Square

Interesting Facts About Miami

3. The shape of Miami Beach is a result of the hard work of one person

John Collins is recognized as "the man who build Miami". John was from New Jersey and bought most of the property in and around the current city of Miami. On the land he sowed exotic plants such as mangoes, tomatoes, and avocados.  This commercial project dramatically changed the landscape because he changed the landscape of the area from mangroves and swamps to farm land.

The Man Who built Miami Beach

4. You can get a slice of Cuban life in Little Havana

Named after the capital city of Cuba, Little Havana is the most famous Cuban expat neighbourhood in the world. Little Havana is considered focal point of the social and political life in Cuban community in Miami and you'll find the best food a cultural experience outside of Cuban right here.

Little Havana

The Wynwood neighbourhood was and old textile industrial area of the 1920's. The area attracted immigrants from  Cuba and Puerto Rico and brought their culture and food to the area. Over the years the textile industry left and the area eventually become full of graphitti and eventually high crime. Retail opened in the area, as well as artists and galleries due to the cheap rent and the large under used brick and mortar buildings. The graphitti and the cheap rent lead to the open air galleries that lead to a unique artistic neighbourhood in central Miami.

Miami Arts District

6. The Mansion of the Vizcaya Museum is an Italian masterpiece right in Miami

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa of businessman James Deering. The mid-twentieth century Vizcaya home additionally incorporates: broad Italian Renaissance gardens, a local forest scene, and a memorable town shed compound.

Vizcaya Mansion

7. Fairchild garden has the largest collection of tropical plants

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an 83-section of land (34 ha) botanic nursery with broad assortments of unusual tropical plants, including palms, cycads, blossoming trees plants. It is situated in the city of Coral Gables, just south of Miami. Fairchild is a gallery, lab, learning hub, and conservation research office with a focus on biodiversity. The assortment at Fairchild Gardens incorporates uncommon palms, cycads, orchids, and bromeliads. Fairchild has the most significant variety of tropical bamboo on the planet, with 125 types of bamboo. Fairchild Gardens' Tropical Flowering Trees assortment shows more than 740 types of blooming trees from around the world.

Fairchild Tropical Garden

8. You can get a taste of Haiti in Miami in little Haiti.

Little Haiti is full of French–Creole influence. The neighbourhood is attracting a lot of attention with its unique art and culture, cafés, exhibitions,  music and theatre. It shows off these attributes with amazing Caribbean restaurants, colourful street murals and fruit stands.

Little Haiti

9. The One Thousand Museum condo building was built by Zaha Hadid.

One Thousand Museum is a skyscraper private apartment suite in Miami, situated at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard. In 2019, the museum was completed, the 62-story building is 707 feet (215 m) tall, making it one of the tallest structure in Miami. The structure's colourful plan includes a bending exoskeleton halfway darkening the overhangs that also fill auxiliary needs, permitting the inside space to have fewer segments. The building is viewed as ultra-extravagance, containing around 84 habitations, comprising a two-story duplex penthouse, four condos, ten full-floor living arrangements, and 70 half-floor.

Zaha Hadid Miami building

10. Miami has an underwater cemetery

One of the most interesting facts about Miami is its underwater cemetery. Yep, a cemetery under the water. The Neptune Memorial Reef is a submerged columbarium. It is the world's biggest human-made reef (covering more than 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of the seafloor) at a profundity of 40 feet (12 m)). The reef is 3.25 miles (5.2 km) off the shore of Key Biscayne. It is a burial place starting with 850 graves, with an and about 125,000 remains. The human-made reef opened in 2007, was planned as both a home for ocean life and place of rest of ocean lovers.

The Neptune Memorial Reef 

11. Climate change is severely affecting Miami Beach

Sea Water is rising everywhere in the world including in Miami.  Experts predict Miami could survive for 50 or 60 years if the water keeps rising at current rates.  The City of Miami has taken some unprecedented measures to secure its survival against sea rising levels.

Saving Miami from Rising Water Levels

12. Miami's Real Estate Market is Benefiting from Rising Sea Levels

Miami's property rates are increasing substantially even though the city is facing flooding problems. The Federal and State governments are helping little in solving this issue. The Mayor and city government have created a plan to use property sales takes to build infrastructure to help save Miami, such as installing pumps and raising street levels.

How Miami Real Estate Market will change 
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About Doug Creighton

Data Scientist in Toronto in the tech industry. I have travelled to 40 countries and used to build handcrafted stopovers. Built this algorithm years ago for me and finally got it online for everyone.
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