High-End Retail:The Miami Design District has become an outdoor shopping destination where the streets are lined with luxury stores, like it's predecessors Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Design District Growth:Miami Beach native Craig Robins, an early booster of Miami Beach's Art Deco district, first set his sights on the Design District more than 15 years ago and started acquiring properties. Since then, more art has been installed in public areas, and more showrooms and high-end stores have opened. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Growing Pains:The Design District has been expanding in recent years after some early growing pains. About six years ago, the district was referred to as "highly anticipated" yet "more of a disappointment" in a JLL report. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Big Names:Shoppers walk out of the Christian Louboutin store in the Design District. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Things Have Changed:Shoppers walk past a Van Cleef & Arpels display window in the Design District. Some of the luxury stores that opened recently are Gucci, Rag & Bone, Joseph and Eres. "Nothing happens overnight, especially a project like the Design District, which is being done in phases and has multiple owners and multiple people having their hands in it," said Zach Winkler of JLL. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Top-Dollar Rents:The Paseo Ponti walkway connects the Palm Court to Paradise Plaza in the Design District. The retail rents in the Design District ranged from $55 per square foot to $215 per square foot triple net in 2017, higher than in the Brickell Financial District but less than on Lincoln Road, according to CBRE Inc. data. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Art in the Design District:A couple relaxes at the Palm Court in the Design District with a view of the 24-foot prototype of the Fly's Eye Dome designed by the late architect Buckminster Fuller, showing the Design District isn't all about the stores. It is home to numerous pieces of art exhibited in public places and hosted several installations during Art Basel in 2017. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
Art School:A young girl climbs on to a fiberglass sculpture by French artist Xavier Veilhan in the Miami Design District. The Institute of Contemporary Art opened in December, solidifying the area as an art destination as well as a shopping and dining hub. [Image: J. Albert Diaz]
The Miami Design District has grown into a trendy high-street retail magnet that’s home to art in public places, galleries and showrooms.
The once-neglected 18-block district is roughly between North Miami Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway and from Interstate 195 to Northeast 42nd Street.