The Wynwood Arts District has recently given Miami an edgy, trendy, artsy area that rivals the hippest neighborhoods of other international destinations. Featuring numerous local shops and restaurants, and art on almost every wall, Wynwood offers a cool, distinctive atmosphere in contrast with the more sleek (and expensive) vibe of the beach. Set among skillful street art on almost every visible surface, Wynwood's unique galleries, pubs, cafés and eateries have become the places-to-be. Located just southwest of Miami's recently developed and much-talked-about Design District, Wynwood has provided an affordable cool factor to the area. The neighbourhood began its transition from manufacturing district to global destination in the mid-2000s, when developer Tony Goldman had a vision to bring attention to – rather than get rid of – the area's existing graffiti art. In 2009, he launched Wynwood Walls, a one-of-a-kind outdoor art installation and courtyard that set the stage for some of the world's top street artists to display their work.Crowds flocked to view the project, which lent the nearby galleries a robust swell of attention and resulted in a wave of new openings. Retail stores, cafés, restaurants and bars soon followed suit – all aligning with a mixture of chic and grit that has fed into the area’s specific aesthetic. The space has, in turn, given birth to one of the most creative communities in the country.