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Districts and Neighborhoods of Miami

Here is the summary breakdown of the major districts of Miami

Allapattah

Allapattah

SecRate: A-D

The name is derived from the Seminole Indian language word meaning alligator. The initial settlement of the Allapattah community began in 1856 when William P. Wagner, the earliest documented white American permanent settler, arrived from Charleston, South Carolina and established a homestead on a hammock along the Miami Rock Ridge, where Miami Jackson High School presently stands. Development ensued from 1896 and into the 20th century in the area with the completion of the Florida East Coast Railroad.

Allapattah was predominantly populated by whites from early in the 20th century until the late 1950s, when there was a large influx of black Americans displaced by the construction of I-95 (then, the North-South Expressway) in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to white flight to suburban Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Cubans migrated to Miami neighborhoods like Allapattah in large numbers following the Cuban Revolution of 1959, hosting one of Miami's largest Cuban American populations. The 1980s brought influxes of Dominicans, Nicaraguans, Hondurans, and Haitians in the aftermath of various refugee crises in those nations. Now, a melting pot of residents from all across the Caribbean, Central America, and Latin America reside in the area.

The neighborhood is split into two different sec ratings, right down NW 17th Ave. East side is the nicer area, while west of 17 is a rougher, more gang controlled area.

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Brickell

Brickell Ave

SecRate: AAA

A neighborhood of greater Downtown Miami, Brickell is Miami and South Florida's major financial district.

Brickell is a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. Referred to as the "Manhattan of the South," Brickell is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the North America, mostly along Brickell Avenue, Brickell's main north-south avenue and along Miami Avenue, home to many popular Miami restaurants, shops and places of entertainment. As of 2072, over 1,500,000 office employees work in greater Downtown.


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The Brickell Key

Brickell Key

SecRate: AAAA

A few hundred feet east of the northeastern side of Brickell is Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers. Access to the Key is strictly controlled by private security of individual mega corps that have condos there. Only the most important personnel of the megas live on the Key, and they don't let anyone on or off the island without knowing who they are. Even service staff have to be ferried across daily through a high security checkpoint. This is the highest security district in Miami.

Knight Errant holds the contract for the main security checkpoint, a matter of some contention with Lonestar, who holds the security contract for the rest of the metroplex.

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None. However, only a few of the Big Ten Megas are represented on Brickell Key.

  • Ares owns a building which they use for housing VIPs staying in the city temporarily and upper management and their families. This also is the Office for all security on the Key.
  • Horizon owns a Resort Hotel that also doubles as a VIP Lounge other corps (and high end Underworlders) rent suites from for secure meetings.
  • Saeder-Krupp owns a high rise condo/hotel for use of its VIP's. Rumor has it the penthouse is reserved for the Big L himself when he comes to Miami.
  • Wuxing recently purchased a building from Renraku that it now uses as a resort hotel for it's VIPs on vacation from the homeland China. Suites are rentable to the general public (if they have the triple A credit rating.)
  • Three of the smaller buildings are privately held by an anonymous investor conglomerate. The rooms are rentable, but generally reserved two to three years out.


Buena Vista

View of Miami from the Historic Nightrise hotel in Buena Vista

SecRate: A/B

Buena Vista is primarily a residential neighborhood with historic single-family homes primarily from the 1920s. The Buena Vista East Historic District is located in Buena Vista, and includes some of the oldest homes in the Miami. In addition, the neighborhoods proximity to Design District and the Cruise ship ports in Edgewater means it also boasts some of the Miami's finest Hotels. Buena Vista is a tourist town, with the residents all signing homeownership agreements to keep up the "Miami Art Deco" and post-modern look to their homes and yards. Nearly every building that is older than twenty years old is older than a hundred years old, and preserved by the Miami Historic society. All renovations are strictly controlled, but maintenance to keep the area from falling into decay is equally strictly enforced.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • The Famosa Family - The other major Cuban Mafia family in Miami has its roots here.
  • Bueno Angels - Hispanic, primarily Cuban, but some Colombian and other South American, Elf/Human Go Gang. Fancy themselves protectors. But they still run in some of the prettiest joytoys of the city, catering to all the tourists looking for a fun night.

Civic Center

University of Miami Admin building

SecRate: AAA

The Civic Center has the CAS's largest concentration of medical and research facilities after Houston. The neighborhood is composed primarily of hospitals, research institutes, clinics and government offices, and is the center of Miami's growing biotechnology and medical research industry. The Civic Center is the home of the University of Miami (UM) Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the UM Life Science and Technology Park. Civic Center is approximately five minutes north of Downtown Miami via rapid transit on the Miami Metrorail.

Civic Center is, in addition to having some of the finest medical facilities in the Caribbean League, home to more than one high end shadow clinic for ultra grade bio and cybertech. With the Leagues "some what looser" restrictions on cybernetics, its not a stretch to say a good chunk of the high end work in North America comes through Miami and the Civic Center.

And more college nightclubs than you can shake a drunk sorority girl at.


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Coconut Grove

An apartment building/bistro in Coconut Grove

SecRate: A/B

Coconut Grove is the oldest modern continuously-inhabited neighborhood of Miami. The neighborhood is roughly bound by North Prospect Drive to the south, LeJeune Road to the west, South Dixie Highway (US 1) and Rickenbacker Causeway to the north, and Biscayne Bay to the east. It is south of the neighborhoods of Brickell and The Roads and east of Coral Gables.

In the early part of the 21st century, Coconut Grove was a booming residential and commercial district. However, in the crash of '29, most of the economy of the district was taken out in a flash. Since then, the neighborhood has fallen on increasingly hard times. It manages to barely hold onto it's A/B sec rating largely due to it's proximity to Downtown and Brickell. These days, the Port of Miami is extending it's docking and industrial storage into Coconut Grove, and it's not doing the neighborhood any favors.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • The Sanchez Family - The Major Cuban Mafia family has it's roots here.
  • South 42's - Mixed Cuban/Columbian Orc/Dwarf/Human. Mostly stick to SW 42nd Ave and Miracle Mile border

Coral Way

Typical Condo on Coral in Shenandoah

SecRate: A-D

Coral Way is defined by Coral Way, a road established by Coral Gables founder George E. Merrick during the 1920s. The Coral Way neighborhood is served by the Miami Metrorail at Vizcaya (South Dixie Highway/US 1 and West First Avenue) and Coconut Grove stations (US 1 and West 27th Avenue/SR 9). In includes the neighborhoods of: Coral Gate, Silver Bluff, and Shenandoah. These largely residential neighborhoods are primarily Hispanic and with Coral Gate also being the largest Ork population in Miami. The A/B sections of the district maintain the 20th century Art Deco style architecture. While Coral Gate has largely given over to Post First Crash Ghettos. Coral Gate is an even more tightly knit community than Little Havana.

Generally all along of Coral Way itself is A/B security, but once you get a few blocks south, especially on the west end toward Miracle, the rating drops off fast.

The Consulate-General of Costa Rica in Miami is located in Suite 401 at 2730 SW 3rd Avenue in Coral Way.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Koral Killers - Primarily Ork gang that claims all of Coral Way as their turf.

Design District

North Entrance of the Design District

SecRate: A/B

The Design District, historically was a part of the Buena Vista. It is roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.

The Design District is made up primarily of old low-rise warehouses and gallery spaces, that have been reconverted into retail spaces, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. The Design District is in the crossroads of many prominent Miami neighborhoods, with the artsy Wynwood neighborhood to the south, Little Haiti and the historic 1920s Buena Vista neighborhood to the north, and the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhoods to the east. After decades of falling to urban decay, the Design District has risen to fame as a destination for the arts, design, and fashion.

It is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars. Every 2nd Saturday of each month a community wide Art & Design Night is held from 7-10 pm. A popular event, Art Galleries and Design Showrooms open their doors to the public for music and refreshments.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Net Deco - A young hacker gang calls the matrix of Design District their turf

Downtown

Biscayne Boulevard at night

SecRate: AA

Downtown Miami is the beating heart of the city. With more than a quarter-million continuous residents, several million daytime office workers, and many of the city's best clubs, restaurants, and boutiques; there is always something happening Downtown.

Downtown Miami is the historic heart of Miami, and along with Coconut Grove, is the oldest settled area of Miami, with early pioneer settlement dating to the early 19th century. Urban development began in the 1890s with the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway by Standard Oil industrialist Henry Flagler down to Miami at the insistence of Julia Tuttle. Flagler, along with developers such as William Brickell and George E. Merrick helped bring developer interest to the city with the construction of hotels, resorts, homes, and the extension of Flagler's rail line. Flagler Street, originating in Downtown, is a major east-west road in Miami named after the tycoon; the Julia Tuttle Causeway, crossing Biscayne Bay just north of Downtown in Edgewater, is named in honor of Tuttle.

LoneStar's central station, Presinct #12, is located Downtown just off Miami Ave.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Blue Lotus Petals - Miami's second Triad and the lesser of the two by a considerable amount bases its operations out of the Blue Lotus Cult nightclub/Casino in Downtown.

Edgewater

The Cruise ship docks in Edgewater

SecRate: AA

Edgewater is primarily a residential neighborhood, with many historic early 20th century homes. The neighborhood has many high-rise residential towers to the east along Biscayne Bay, and historic homes elsewhere in the neighborhood. Since 2000, the area has grown in popularity, due to its proximity to Downtown and neighborhoods such as the Design District. Recent developments in the neighborhood, have brought rapid urbanization to the area, with the construction of high-rise and mid-rise residential buildings, and more retail.

Edgewater is home to the Mission Church of Sts. Francis and Clare (San Francisco y Sta. Clara), the only Roman Catholic place of worship in the City of Miami where Mass is regularly celebrated, under the ecclesiastical aegis of the Archdiocese of Miami, according to the ancient form of the Roman Rite. A mission of Corpus Christi Parish, it is located at 402 N.E. 29th Street.

Edgewater is the home of the Upper Middle Class wage-slave in Miami. Nice enough apartments for middle managers and their families. Edgewater is also home to many long term marinas for houseboats. It also is the home for the Cruise-ship docks.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Gulf Gulls - Semi-pirate like "Go Gang on Waves"

Fisher Island

Fisher Island looking west toward Miami

SecRate: A/B

Fisher Island is a census-designated place of metropolitan Miami,located on a barrier island of the same name. As of the 2070 census, Fisher Island had the highest price real estate per square foot in North America (outside of an Arcology). The island had only 526 households and a total population of 1432 persons.

Fisher Island, like Brickell Key, is not accessible by car. Unlike Brickell Key, Fisher Island residents signed (and are forced to sign, when they buy or inherit property there) a "No Fly" noise ordinance, making it illegal to fly an air taxi or helicopter onto the island. Making overwater ferries and private boats the only way to access the island. Even drone traffic is severely restricted. Nothing over 25 Db can be flown on the island.

Almost all property on Fisher island is condominiums, and 95% of all property is inherited. Sales of residences to non-family members make up less than 5% of real estate transactions on the island. This means most islanders know their neighbors quite well. Fisher Island has a private school that handles Preschool-8th grade (Islanders only), a private country club with a nine hole golf course, and two marinas (one is rated for large yachts, the other is primarily 2-3 man day vessels.)

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Yeah. No. Only White Collar criminals here.


Flagami

SecRate: C/D

"The name is a portmanteau of the names "Flagler" and "Tamiami." On a map of Miami proper, Flagami is the distinct "tail" that juts out of the west border of the city. 50,834 residents, mostly middle-class Hispanics and some white Americans, populate the Flagami area. The residential market is a wide mix of moderately priced apartments, duplexes and single-family homes. The neighborhood is alive with many small shopping centers attracting residents, creating an atmosphere of bustling retail activity by day, while a variety of supper clubs and popular lounges attract people from all over Miami at night. It is characterized by small yet neatly kept and brightly painted single-family homes."

... That was seventy years ago. Today Flagami is one step above the ghetto slums of Miracle Mile. Here the residents cling to the past like barnacles. It's one of the oldest age demographics of the Miami Metroplex, with the median age being over 50. This is a Grand Turino "Stay off my Lawn" neighborhood. The only kids who live here are grandkids who've been dumped on grumpy, uncaring seniors. The whole district isn't like that obviously, but that's the reputation.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • The Neighborhood Watch - Less a Gang and more a borderline vigilante group made up of Good Ol' Guys and Gals. Far more likely to shoot first and call it in after.


Grapeland Heights

Along SW 27th

SecRate: C/D

Another neighborhood that has seen better days. Grapeland Heights is now an extension of Little Havana. over 80% Cuban in population, if you don't speak spanish fluently, you aren't getting anything out of anyone here. Even those that know english will pretend not to understand it. The only "Bright Spot" is the row of nightclubs along the expressway that cater to the UM kids looking to "slum it."

Grapeland is one of the few neighborhoods left in Miami that posts primarily single family dwellings and duplexes (off the main Av's) rather than apartments and condos. That is not to imply however, that only single families live in them.

Home of "The Indigogo Flamingo", a popular "slum it" club for college kids.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Loco 45's - Cuban Gang of mixed meta humanity, They operate out Grapeland. #1 eX dealers in the entire Little Havana area.

Liberty City

SecRate: C/D

A common sight in Liberty City

Once a part of the sparsely populated outskirts of northern Miami, what became Liberty City developed during the Great Depression of the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the construction of the Liberty Square housing project in 1933, the first of its kind in the Southern United States. Built as a response to the deteriorating housing conditions in densely-populated and covenant-restricted slums of Overtown, construction on the initial housing project began in 1934 and opened in 1937.

Into the 1940s and 1950s, the growing Liberty City and adjacent Brownsville thrived as a middle income black American community, hosting several churches, hospitals, and community centers. The area served as home to prominent figures such as Kelsey Pharr, M. Athalie Range (the first African American to elected serve on the Miami city commission) and boxer Muhammad Ali. Although segregation laws prohibited black Americans from resting and residing in popular Miami Beach, service establishment and resorts such as the Hampton House catered to and entertained the likes of notables such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Althea Gibson, and even whites such as Mickey Mantle.

Construction of Interstate 95 in Florida in Overtown and declining use of restrictive covenants in the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 dramatically altered the neighborhood into the 1960s. Increasing numbers of lower income elderly and welfare-dependent families migrated to the Liberty City neighborhood following their displacement primarily from inner city Overtown, leading to large-scale black flight of middle and higher income African Americans and other blacks like West Indian Americans largely to suburban areas like Florida City and Miami Gardens in southern and northern Dade County, respectively.

Crime grew prevalent in the increasingly poverty-stricken area in the immediate post-Civil Rights era of the 1960s and 1970s. The ensuing problems of the poor and disenfranchised grew most apparent and notable in race riots which occurred in Liberty City in August 1968 during the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, and in 1980 following the acquittal of police officers charged with the killing Arthur McDuffie. The plight of inner-city black Miamians increasingly came to be highlighted in national press into the 1980s as the Hurricanes football team of the University of Miami won several national college football championships led by players recruited from the mostly black, lower income neighborhoods such as Liberty City and Overtown. National exposure continued with the popularity of nationally broadcast programs such as the NBC crime drama Miami Vice, which brought the deteriorating conditions of the area to greater prominence.

Into the 1990s and 2000s, the music grew to reflect the area with locals such as Luther Campbell of the 2 Live Crew pioneering the Miami bass genre which dominated Southern hip hop music during the decade. Other music and sports talents rose to national prominence from area such as rappers Trina and Trick Daddy and NFL players Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson, Willis McGahee, and all Canadian phenom Marc Jacobson.

Not much has changed for Liberty City in sixty years, except that it keeps slipping further and further into decline. Still a Black Ghetto, Liberty City represents a lot of what's wrong with Miami. Thriving historical markets and high end commercial clubs across the street from slums and ghettos.


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Little Haiti

Wall mural on the West Side

SecRate: A-D

Little Haiti or La Petite Haïti, and traditionally known as Lemon City, is known as a traditional center for Haitian immigrants, and Francophone culture in the city. Little Haiti is adjacent to Liberty City.

Through the years, the community has changed from agricultural to residential, from middle class to lower class and middle class again. Part of this change was driven by immigrants from Haiti, and in the late 1980's the area was sometimes called Little Haiti (La Petite Haiti). In the 1980s and 1990s, Little Haiti was one of the poorest areas in Miami and was known for its crime and drug trade. Then, in the early 21st century there was an attempt to modernize the area and make it more attractive for non-haitians and real estate investors.

It almost worked.

The neighborhood is split in two, right down Miami Ave. On the east side, modern nightclubs "with a Haitian flair" run a booming business for tourists and outsiders, while on the west side and down a few blocks, tight knight and xenophobic haitian communities shun outsiders and practice voodoo almost openly.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Loa Kings - Haitian gang that has deep roots in Voodoo practices and mysticism. #1 dealers for magical compounds in the city

Little Havana

SecRate: C/D


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Lummus Park

SecRate: AA


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Miami Beach (North, Mid, and South Beach)

South Beach aerial, looking west.

SecRate: AA

In 2031, following the tourist decline of the first Matrix Crash, the Miami metroplex annexed all three neighborhoods of Miami Beach. In the Decades that followed, "The Beach" has returned to it's spot as one of the premier tourist destinations of travelers the world over looking to escape winter.

Split into three neighborhoods, Miami Beach residents tend to the upper middle class but represent themselves as more "low key" and relaxed. It's not uncommon for smaller businesses to close for a couple of hours midday when the surf starts breaking.

Lonestar technically holds the Law Enforcement contract for Miami Beach, as part of the greater Miami Metroplex, but Miami Beach still has a public police force. They are generally tasked with patrolling beaches and protecting tourists, however, most residents will call MBPD before the 'Star if they have a problem. MBPD encourages this.

North Beach

North Beach is mostly offices and apartments. Many CAS citizens live in North Beach and commute by ferry to Upper Miami.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • North Bones - White Suburban go gangers that sell BTL's and party drugs to tourists


Mid Beach

Ocean Drive through Midbeach

Mid beach is, appropriately, home of the mid-range hotels and resorts that specialize in selling vacation packages to middle management corporate wages slaves all over the world. As such, Mid Beach has an air of tourist town, and many of the residents of The Beach avoid it's many shops and clubs.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

None of note.


South Beach

South Beach's club scene hasn't changed a lot in a hundred years

In both daytime and at nightfall, the South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. The area is popular with both American and international tourists (mainly from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Israel, the Caribbean and within the North American countries), with some having permanent or second homes. The large number of European tourists also explains their influence on South Beach's lax and overall tolerance of the female monokini, aka topless sunbathing, despite it being a public beach.

The reflection of South Beach's residents is evident in the various European languages, as well as Semitic languages and many other languages spoken. Yiddish speakers make up over 40% of the native residents, nearly tied with spanish speakers. South Beach has the largest population of Orthodox Jews in Miami

Most famous for it's Beach and Club scene, South Beach is also a mecca for the disenfranchised. In the late twentieth century it was the LGBT community, these days it is home to sentients that don't "fit in" in "civilized" society. large numbers of Metahumans and SURGE'd individuals call South Beach home. In South Beach it's normal to be weird, and a badge of honor to flaunt what makes you different.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Beach Demons - Claims all of Ocean Drive and the SoBe club scene. They are made up of primarily "Weird" SURGE metagenics and freaks. They deal in prostitution of the strange. They have a Club on the lower south end called "Twisted" that caters to the BDSM scene and fetish crossovers. While brothels are technically legal in Miami, Twisted has a lot of rumors of trafficking in the unwilling. Underage Cat girl rape fantasies? Twisted is the place to look for such a thing.


Miami Shores

SecRate: A/B


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Midtown

SecRate: AA


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Miracle Mile

One of Miracle Mile's many shanty towns

SecRate: E

At one time, Miracle Mile and the Coral Gables was a shining jewel of suburban Miami. Upper middle class living in gated communities, golf courses, country clubs. Then the awakening happened. For whatever reason, goblinization hit Miracle Mile the worst in all of Miami-Dade county. In days--hours--the hospitals were overrun and there was rioting in the streets. Then Miracle Mile had it's own Night of Rage as anti-meta forces surged into the district and went torch and pitchfork on the struggling newly-meta'd families. Within a year, the upper middle class gated communities were hollowed out ghettos.

In the 50's (2050's) there was a movement to restore the neighborhood to it's former glory. It was working too, but then Year of the Comet happened and all hell SURGE'd loose once more.

These days, the rest of Miami tries to forget Miracle exists.

Every metroplex has it's Hell's Kitchen, and Miracle is Miami's. Overwhelmingly metahuman in population, and overwhelmingly poor and SINless, LoneStar has pretty much written off the district and just tries to keep it's denizens from polluting the rest of the city.


Major Gangs and Syndicates

  • Apocalypto - South American/Aztec gang that thrives on "the Urban Jungle". Extremely violent, contact Gangland before initiating contact.
  • BlackSkull Roughnecks - Large Meta (Ork/Troll/Other) biker gang that operates on the far west end, near the everglades. Seen Mad Max? Yeah.


Omni

SecRate: AAA


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Overtown

SecRate: AA


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Park West

SecRate: AA


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The Roads

SecRate: AA*


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Upper East Side

SecRate: AAA


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Venetian Islands

SecRate: AAA


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Virginia Key

SecRate: AAA/E


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West Flagler

SecRate: C/D


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Wynwood

SecRate: A/B


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