As you are in an Uber heading towards Wynwood, you might find yourself wondering why the heck you are heading all the way out here?
The areas in and around the rejuvenated Wynwood in Miami are pretty non-descript, residential and not exactly what you envisioned to be the location of a bonafide tourist attraction. But then you find yourself on NW 2nd Avenue at the entrance to Wynwood Walls and suddenly, you get it.
Wynwood is cool. Aside from the immaculate street art that is now becoming synonymous with the neighbourhood, it is also becoming the it-place to set up an eco-friendly thrift store, a millennial coffeeshop and a business with a title like ‘Cars & Guitars‘ (yes, this exists in Wynwood).
And when you get past the satisfying facade of it all, you realise that Wynwood is also inspirational. It is an amazing example of a neighbourhood once considered ‘dangerous’ that has completely reinvigorated itself as a centre of art, culture and perhaps most importantly, business. This is a theme that runs through so much of my travels but never have I seen it done as pristinely as in Wynwood.
Wynwood has been described throughout its history as a ‘working class area’ and in the 20th century became a hub for immigrant communities. Unfortunately, the area become associated with unemployment and drug trafficking by the 1970s and became unattractive to businesses and potential residents. In the early 2000s, a process of gentrification began which saw the area’s growing art scene take centre stage making its expansive potential apparent to property investors. It was during this period of time that the area began to evolve into the vibrant scene it is coming to inhabit today.
Now is the time to visit Wynwood because this metamorphosis is ongoing and the plans for this up and coming area of Miami look set to make it even more impressive in years to come.
And just in case I haven’t yet convinced you, here’s 13 pictorial reasons why you should visit Wynwood right now.
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