Wynwood – Miami, Fla.
Every big city has a neighborhood with a dotted past. A neighborhood that is going through a resurgence, typically led by artist, which eventually becomes gentrified and prices out those trendsetters. In Miami, one neighborhood that’s ultra chic and trendy is Wynwood.
Wynwood, just north of Downtown Miami, near the Brickell area, is certainly not completely gentrified yet. There are many characteristics, and characters, to remind of that if you step a few streets out of the main drag in any direction. Homeless shelters and those in those who call the streets their home greet you as you enter the area.
Once you get into the heart of Wynwood, you’re immersed in an artistic renaissance. Graffiti art drapes the walls of buildings, storefronts and even a designated area called the Wynwood Walls. The art is quintessential Miami. Colorful. Warm. Latin-influenced. The dry paint left behind by spray cans is inspirational as it is thought provoking.
There is a commercial element to it but not the cookie-cutter national chains. If you’re looking for a vente latte from Starbucks you’re out of luck. However, if you want a wonderful meal – say fresh ceviche – at a hip restaurant plastered with art on the walls, you’re in luck!
Make sure to visit Wynwood, and the Wynwood Walls, when you’re in Miami. It would be a crime not to see it but make sure you are vigilant and not alone, especially at night, to avoid being a victim of crime. It’s not quite the mature South Beach, but it is picturesque artistic mecca in an otherwise gritty locale. Another good site to visit nearby is Calle Ocho and the Cuban Exile Center.