Miami's downtown and port cityscape has been through multiple boom and bust cycles of development since photographer Terry Hammonds took these incredible photos in the 1970s, making it a vastly different, more extreme, and one might even say, more generic, version of itself. Even then, the Freedom Tower was a defining feature of the downtown skyline, although it sat decrepit and abandoned. Ships still docked along Biscayne Boulevard, and only a few skyscrapers constituted the urban core. Bicentennial Park still looked good, and the Miami Herald Building was still new. And the Coppertone Girl was in her original spot, the side of the Parkleigh House apartments at 530 Biscayne Boulevard. The digitized photos, more of which can be seen at Terry's Flickr page, are now in the collection of HistoryMiami.
· Terry Hammonds' Historic Miami [Flickr]