Downtown Miami is the urban city center of Miami, Florida. The city’s downtown area includes the Central Business District, Brickell, the Historic District, Government Center, the Arts & Entertainment District, and Park West. Coconut Grove is bordered by the Miami River to the north, Midtown Miami’s Edgewater and Wynwood sections to the east, Biscayne Bay to the west, and the Health District and Overtown to the south.
Downtown Miami is home to many companies, corporations and organizations. Downtown Miami is the central financial and business hub of South Florida, with about 20 million square feet of office space. Private companies with headquarters in Downtown include Akerman Senterfitt, Arquitectonica, Espírito Santo Financial Group, Florida Justice Institute, Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Knight, Macy’s Florida, Miami Herald, Miami Today, Shutts & Bowen, Terremark Worldwide, Vector Group, World Property Channel, and Zyscovich Architects. Downtown was home to Sanford Group Company, Sanford Fiduciary Investor Services, Inc., and LTU International.
Downtown is home to the headquarters of the Beacon Council, the Downtown Development Authority, Miami-Dade County government, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Police Department, Miami Parks and Recreation] and other City of Miami departments despite the fact that city hall is located in Coconut Grove.
There are two main roads running north-south through Downtown Miami, Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard, and Flagler Street runs east-west. Miami Downtown Development Authority defines the boundaries of Downtown Miami as the area east of Interstate 95 between Rickenbacker Causeway to the south and Julia Tuttle Causeway, which connects Miami and Miami Beach, to the north.
Since the 19th century, this area has been a cultural, financial, and commercial center of the Miami metropolitan area. Downtown Miami has the third highest concentration of high-rises in the United States in recent years, as well as many important museums, parks, education centers, banks, company headquarters, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops, and some of the oldest buildings in the city.
Downtown is served by the Miami Metrorail at Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre, Government Center, and Brickell stations, which are accessible from Broward and Palm Beach counties via Tri-Rail transfer stations. The Metro connects to the Downtown Metromover, which has 22 stations on the clockwise Inner (or Downtown) loop and counterclockwise Brickell and Omni branch loops. At the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, the main Metromover station for Downtown, Metrorail trains, and Metrobus lines can all be transferred.
Downtown Miami is the most heavily used area of Miami for public transportation, making it a vital part of everyday life. The historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Station, Government Center Station, and Brickell Station are Metrorail stops on the green and orange lines of Miami’s heavy rail system. In addition to Metrorail, the automated Metromover train system runs three lines (the Downtown Loop, the Omni Loop, and the Brickell Loop) with 22 stations throughout Downtown. Metromover stations are located roughly every two blocks in Downtown and Brickell. There is a Metrobus service throughout Downtown Miami, a Metrorail system, and a Metromover system.
Downtown Miami Coordinates: 25.774°N 80.190°W