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Old 06-16-2012, 04:14 PM
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Could you tell me more about the area? I been doing some research and they say its in the Design District. Has it improved over the years? I used to live near FIU in mid 90's. I think it was called Buena vista a time ago. Is the Design district safe? Say 79th street area?

Thanks again.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:55 PM
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79th is not the design district.

The area where the shops and restaurants are, are pretty safe. There are some decent apartments in the area especially the midtown Miami development. The homes are getting better along with the neighborhood but still leave plenty to be desired for.

Little River has not progressed like the design district has. It is better, the close you are to Biscyane the better.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:11 PM
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When did you move to Miami? I remember as far back as the 90s that the iscayne corridor was "up and comming." It left a lot to be desired back then, it really has progressed. I personally didn't believe it at the time...but I think the majority of the areas east of 95 will eventually be gentrified over the comming decades, including Little Haiti. I am amazed at how far it has come already...this is one of the few regions in the county where prices are still low (in the bad areas) so that the average person can still buy in before it becomes nice and expensive.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:05 PM
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79th street?

Just take a drive by there lol. HIV Crackwhores, black trannies, some guy got shot at the bus stop about half a year ago for his wallet, people will steal anything in sight just to trade in to the numerous pawn shops on that street

I used to work there, it is a hellhole.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:08 PM
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There are areas near 79th Street that are nice such as Belle Meade which is east of Biscayne Blvd and hugs Biscayne Bay between 71st Street and the canal just south of 79th Street. Also if you take 79th towards the bay and head North on NE 10th ave. you will be in an area with houses $600k and above within a few blocs. The Buena Vista district is not close to 79th. It is just north of the Design District between Dixie Hwy and Miami Avenue. There are a lot of renovated houses in that area but it is basically in Little Haiti.

79th itself is rough especially closer to I-95. There are always hookers there in addition to drug dealers and even the occasional shooting. Someone was murdered near there recently.

In general Biscayne Blvs has improved leaps and bounds since I moved to Miami about 6 years ago. It gets better and better. Boteco is an awesome Brazillian restaurant on 79th St.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:18 PM
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Where exactly IS the design district?
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:22 AM
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The Design District is just south of Buena Vista (well, west also. Buena Vista surrounds the Design District) . The northern border is N 43rd. If you're heading south on NE 2nd Ave, you can look for the sign, but honestly, it's pretty obvious when the neighborhood changes.

As for Little River, it's part of Little Haiti, so the quality of the neighborhood depends on your perspective. I told my girlfriend to drive into Little River because I wanted to see something and she was mad at me for making her go into "the ghetto."

Does anyone know anything about the history of the Design District? I know it was part of Buena Vista before. I'm just wondering when it became the Design District and gentrified.

Edit: It seems I found my answer online (link: http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net/article.php?pubID=72)

It became the Design District in the '30s, fell into disrepair in the '70s and '80s and then was revitalized in the '90s. It sounds like the story with a lot of Miami, to be honest.
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