The photo on the top left is what South Beach looked like in 1965. The original pier was further North and remained until 1984. Behind the pier was the Miami Beach Kennel Club for dog racing that was built in 1926 before it was finally torn down in 1980. Today in 2016, the South of Fifth (SoFi) district of Miami Beach is an exclusive part of Miami with high rises and new condos such as One Ocean, Glass and Marea. The new South Pointe Park Pier was completed in 2014 after being closed for several years.
Before and After
Built in 1988 for $52 million, Miami Arena was the home for the NBA Miami Heat and NHL Florida Panthers. It was located in Downtown Miami at 700 North Miami Avenue.
After only 10 years, the arena became outdated and had a low seating capacity. The American Airlines Arena was built a few blocks away and became the new home for the Miami Heat. The Florida Panthers left in 1998 and moved to Broward County in the BB&T Center.
When both the Heat and Panthers left the Miami Arena, the building was used by semi-pro hockey teams and arena football. By 2004, the arena sat mostly empty and was finally demolished in 2008.
The land was sold for $35 million in 2012 to MDM Development Group where plans are underway to build a hotel and convention center on the site.
The Brickell district of Miami has changed significantly since the 1980s when it was comprised mostly of financial buildings and low rise apartment buildings.
In the early 2000s, condos started popping up in the area and along Brickell Avenue. The recession hit in 2008 and building came to a halt in Miami. It wasn't until 2012 when Brickell City Centre started construction that the market picked up and more condos were added to the growing Miami skyline. In 2012, there were many empty lots scattered around Brickell. Those lots are now filled with condos such as Brickell City Centre, Brickell Heights, SLS Lux, SLS Brickell, My Brickell, 1100 Millecento, Bond at Brickell, Panorama Tower, 1010 Brickell, Brickell Flatiron and Solitair Brickell.
Not only is Brickell experiencing a change, but also West Brickell, which is located West of the Metrorail tracks.
Previous transformation photos of Brickell from 2012 - 2015 can also be viewed here.
Located in Coconut Grove off of Biscayne Bay, Villa Vizcaya is the former home of businessman James Deering. The house and gardens were built between 1914 and 1922 on what was originally 180 acres of land. The house was modeled after an Italian Renaissance style while the gardens exterior is modeled after a French Renaissance style.
James Deering used the estate until his death in 1925 and was kept in the family until 1952 when Miami-Dade county acquired the estate and surrounding land and turned it into a museum. By 1994, Vizcaya was registered as a National Historic Landmark.
Films such as Ace Ventura, Bad Boys II and Any Given Sunday have filmed at Vizcaya.
Vizcaya now consists of 50 acres of land and is open to the public.
The top left photo is what Brickell, Brickell Key and Downtown Miami looked like in 1999. Development has increased during those 17 years and the density is very apparent. The South tip of Brickell Key was covered in trees before the Mandarin Oriental was built in 2000. The Miami Tower was one of the tallest buildings and could be seen for miles away, but is now hidden by surrounding towers.
Brickell has changed drastically since the top left photo in 1982. A new Holiday Inn opened on the Southern edge of Brickell next to the Miami River and eventually became the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel. The Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel was demolished in 2005, along with the low rise apartments on the land that became the Miami Circle. The Dupont Plaza Hotel can be seen in the foreground was eventually demolished in the early 2000's to make way for the Epic Hotel. In the distance, condos such as The Palace and Villa Regina were staring to get built during the peak of the Cocaine Cowboys era in Miami during the 80's.