Remember “Miami Vice”? And cool cops in flashy cars chasing felons down Ocean Drive? That was back in the 1980s. It captured a lifestyle that only seemed to exist in sunny, easy-going Florida. All in the past? No way!
Today it’s in Lamborghinis that the smart set cruise around. The men wear muscle shirts, while the women go for high heels and extravagant sunglasses. See and be seen: That’s the rule round here. At the same time, though, Miami has reinvented itself – and more than once, too. Hardly had South Beach been transformed from a retirees’ refuge to a nightlife nirvana than visionaries started turning the abandoned warehouses of another neglected neighbourhood into the elegant Design District. Next came Wynwood, a quarter now full of arty grafﬁti. Downtown, drab and dangerous ten years ago, is nowadays elegant and expensive. And then there’s MiMo, the city’s latest up-and-coming district. All this, plus almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and an endless beach where people sunbathe all year round.
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