THE WYNWOOD STORY
The Wynwood Arts & Fashion District is a rapidly emerging neighborhood located in the heart of Miami’s east side renaissance. Wynwood is located north of Downtown Miami and is bordered by Interstate 95 to the west, North Miami Avenue to the east, NW 29th Street to the north and NW 20th Street to the south. Once one of Miami’s thriving warehouse districts, thanks to the former Florida East Coast Railroad, these structures started becoming vacant in the 1970s as freight transport increasingly shifted away from rail.
Wynwood is both an incubator for creative office users and magnet for hip, emerging brands that appreciate its edgy quality.
During the drug wars of the early 1980s Wynwood sank into a tailspin of urban decay and neglect that lasted into the 2000s. During the building boom of the early 2000s, Wynwood began a transformation driven in large part by the vision of Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties. Mr. Goldman saw the potential of the neighborhood and how Its industrial history provided great open spaces and dramatic exterior canvasses for creativity, and by 2005, the efforts of a number of groups resulted in street art and murals replacing graffiti stains. Miami’s explosive population growth since 2010 has further catapulted the area. As many of the market’s warehouses go through the adaptive reuse process, their physical qualities have attracted a variety of retailers from signature food and beverage establishments to contemporary apparel.
Today, Wynwood is both an incubator for creative office users and magnet for hip, emerging brands that appreciate its edgy quality; as well as a focal point for established brands that see Wynwood as the only place they fit in the greater Miami market. The main retail artery serving Wynwood is Northwest 2nd Avenue, but as the market has matured it has expanded in all directions with some side streets, like NW 25th and NW 26th Streets, emerging as strong options to the higher-rent demands of the avenue.