Category: History

Video: See Miami’s Skyline Grow from 1925 to 2019

Dec 17, 2020 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

The metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of Miami is among the 10 largest MSAs in the United States, with a population that is today estimated at in excess of 6 million. 100 years ago, however, Miami was a much smaller city, and its skyline was but a few low buildings on or near Flagler Street. Today, […]

Video: Visualization of Growth of Miami’s Skyline from 1990 to 2016

Dec 28, 2017 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

This short video fades from the skyline of 1990 to that of 2016, essentially today. During this period, Miami has gone from just exiting its sleepy southern town origins to a truly bustling international city with, by one measure, the third most dense skyline in the United States, trailing behind New York and Chicago.

Video: Hurricane Andrew As it Happened ~ 25 Years Ago Today

Aug 16, 2017 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

This is the 2 hour show WPBT (PBS channel 2 in South Florida) has been running for the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landing. Commercial real estate, all real estate, and in fact the entire culture of the Miami area was forever altered by this storm. Whether you lived it or not, it is worth […]

Downtown Miami’s 20 Most Architecturally Significant Buildings: An Interactive Map to Accompany Dr. Paul George’s List

Jul 31, 2017 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

This interactive Google map was created to accompany the list and descriptions posted by HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian Dr. Paul S. George in the Miami Heritage Month website: “Downtown Miami is Southeast Florida’s most historic neighborhood. At the edge of its southern sector stands the north bank of the Miami River, which, in the course of several […]

FBF 1946: Remembering the Seahawks, Miami’s First Pro Sports Team (Really)

Oct 09, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

Apparently, the Miami Seahawks were a professional American football team.  Based in Miami, Florida, they played in the All-America Football Conference in 1946, the league’s inaugural season.  They subsequently folded under mounting debt. They are notable not only as the first major league sports franchise in Miami but also as the state of Florida’s first […]

FBF: Old Footage of Florida’s 1920s Land Boom

Jul 31, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

Florida was the site of an enormous real estate bubble in the 1920s. Fueled by easy credit and advertisers that promoted a lifestyle of sunshine and leisure, contemporaneous accounts describe an overall “herd mentality” madness among Florida investors.  Astonishingly, some lots in the city of Miami were bought and sold as many as ten times in […]

FBF Chart: Miami-Dade population has more than doubled since 1970

Jul 24, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

As much as it feels like Miami’s population growth has exploded in recent years, this FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) chart of population growth in Miami-Dade County since 1970 tells a different story.  In fact, population growth in the county has been fairly steady, as evidenced by the straightness of the plotted population line.  What’s […]

FBF: Could this Coral Gables promo video from the 1950s possibly be more quaint?

Jun 26, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

This 1950s era promotional video for Coral Gables seems almost too quaint to be real.  We’re not 100% sure this is not a parody.  Wow, how times have changed. View Coral Gables information today: Demographics and economics data and projections by zip code 33134 33143 33144 33145 33156 Commercial property listings 33134 33143 33144 33145 […]

Google Street View Powered FBF: Wells Fargo Center (FKA Met 2) is Constructed

Jun 19, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

2007 The cranes are at it.  This made for some [insert favorite expletive here] “fun” commuting. 2008 The building appears to be taking shape. 2009 Getting there.  Some glass is in. 2011 Looks like it is open for business. 2015 Looking fine today. Read about the Wells Fargo Center building today.  Also check out the […]