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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) Downtown vs. (12) Little Haiti

A tough matchup for Little Haiti in Round 1

A model residence at One Thousand Museum in downtown Miami
Courtesy of One Thousand Museum/Photos by Robin Hill

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for Miami’s neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which ones should advance. Let the eliminations commence!

(5) Downtown

The downtown area is popping to say the least.

Art Miami moved to the old Miami Herald site, city streets are being considered for a Formula One race, the Miami Police Department is looking at a new state-of-the-art headquarters, Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum is rocketing up as the bustling apartment/condo seen continues to push westward, and the Frost Museum of Science finally opened its doors.

Miami's Little Haiti Awaits Decision On Haitian Temporary Protected Status
A woman walks through the streets of Little Haiti.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

(12) Little Haiti

With the explosion of Wynwood, the neighborhood that took down Little Haiti in last year’s tournament, Miami’s art and culinary scenes have set their eyes to the north.

Also set to transform the area is the Magic City Innovation District, a $1 billion multi-phase project planned to encompass 17 acres that recently announced a strategic partnership with a company owned by Cirque du Soleil founder and billionaire Guy Laliberte.