Downtown Miami / Brickell

Downtown Miami is an urban residential neighborhood, and the central business district of MiamiMiami-Dade County, and South Florida in the United StatesBrickell Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard are the main north-south roads, and Flagler Street is the main east-west road.

In recent years, Downtown Miami has grown to become the fastest-growing area in Miami, with large scale high-rise construction and population increase. Downtown is home to many major museums, parks, schools and colleges, banks, companies, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and many of the oldest buildings in the city.



Downtown Miami is centered on the Central business district (CBD), best known by local Miamians as simply “Downtown”. Although distinct neighborhoods with different characters, the following neighborhoods are often labeled under the umbrella term of “Downtown Miami”:

Central business district (“Downtown”)

The Central business district (CBD), better known by locals as simply just “Downtown”, is the historic center of Miami, and what is traditionally called “Downtown”. Downtown is bound by NE 6th St to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, the Miami River to the west and south. Within this area, is where the majority of Miami’s historic buildings are, the main shopping street, Flagler Street, museums, libraries, offices, schools and colleges, as well as the vast majority of local, county, state and federal government offices and courthouses.

Downtown is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Government Center Station, and by 13 Metromover stations on the Downtown, Brickell, and Omni Loops.


Brickell is south of the Miami River, and is a mixed upper-class residential neighborhood as well as Miami’s major financial district along Brickell AvenueThe Shops at Mary Brickell Village and Simpson Park are located within Brickell. Brickell is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Brickell Station, and by 5 Metromover stations on the Brickell Loop.



Omni is an urban neighborhood with numerous hotels, and high-rise residential buildings. The neighborhood’s name comes from the Omni International Mall on Biscayne Boulevard. Omni borders Biscayne Bay the east, NE 2nd Ave to the west, NE 21st St to the north and I-395 to the south. Pace Park, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Miami Herald headquarters are located within Omni. Omni is served by the Miami Metrorail at:Government Center Station, and by 2 Metromover stations on the Omni Loop.


Park West

Park West is the neighborhood just west of Bicentennial Park, east of NW 1st Ave, south of I-195, and north of NE 6th St. Park West is primarily known for its nightclubs, and in recent years has been the talk of much revitalization and project proposals for the revitalization of the area. Park West is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at: Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Station, and by 3 Metromover stations on the Omni Loop.


Miami Jewelry District

The Miami Jewelry District is a sub-neighborhood of Downtown within the Central Business District historically known for its numerous jewelry stores, jewelers and gem dealers. It is where a variety of jeweled products are sold and is one of the three jewelry districts in the United States.[5] It comprises four city blocks, bounded by North Miami Avenue, NE 2nd Avenue, East Flagler Street and NE 2nd St. Shoppers can find designer jewelry, precious stones, and gold and silver items at street level in various retail jewelry stores. The Jewelry District can be accessed by public transportation through the Metromover and Metrorail.



Public schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:

Elementary schools
  • Downtown Miami Charter School
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Ada Merritt K-8 School
  • Frederick R Douglass Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Miami Children’s Museum School
  • Bridgepoint Academy of Greater Miami (Charter)
High schools

Public school zoning

Downtown children are zoned based on the neighborhood they live in within Downtown, roughly split into Brickell, Central Business District (CBD), and Omni/Edgewater.[48]

  • Elementary schools:
    • Southside Elementary School, for Brickell children
    • Riverside Elementary School, for CBD children
    • Frederick Douglass Elementary School, for CBD children
    • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, for Omni and Edgewater children
  • Middle schools:
    • Shenandoah Middle School, for Brickell children
    • José de Diego Middle School, for CBD, Omni and Edgewater children
  • High schools (open to all Downtown residents):

Private schools

Plans are currently underway for a 1,700-student preparatory school in Brickell at 1742 SW 2nd Avenue, named “Brickell Preparatory Academy”. Other private schools in Downtown are:

  • First Presbyterian International Christian School
  • Gordon Day School (Jewish)
  • Prima Casa Montessori School

Colleges and universities


More Information

Miami Dade County Schools Main Website

Elementary School Boundaries Map

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