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Miami (/mˈæmi/ or /mˈæmə/) is a major American city located on the Atlantic coast of southeastern Florida, in the United States. Miami is the county seat of Miami-Dade County, also the most populous county in Florida. Miami is a principal city and anchor to the South Florida metropolitan area, which had a 2006 population of 5,463,857; ranking 7th largest in the nation. The Miami Urbanized Area (as defined by the Census Bureau) was the fifth most populous urbanized area in the U.S. in the 2000 census with a population of 4,919,036. The United Nations estimated that in 2007, Miami had become the fourth largest urbanized area in the United States, trailing only by those of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Miami is a well-known global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, culture, fashion, print media, entertainment, the arts and international trade. An international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts, Miami also has a powerful international influence. The city can also be applauded for being home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, as well as home to many international company headquarters, and television studios. The city's Port of Miami is the number one cruise/passenger port in the world and is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world, and is home to many major cruise line headquarters.

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Brickell Avenue is the name given to the stretch of U.S. Route 1 in Miami, Florida just south of the Miami River. It is the main road through the Brickell financial district of Downtown Miami, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious avenue names, as it is associated with big business, wealth and finances. Brickell Avenue is lined mostly with high-rise office buildings. Miami Avenue and Brickell Bay Drive, west and east of Brickell Avenue respectively are lined mostly with Brickell's high-rise residential towers.

It is an off-grid plan main north–south thoroughfare through the south part of downtown Miami.

From the Miami River south it continues south-southwest and upon crossing Broadway it curves southwest and continues in that direction until it terminates at Southeast 26th Road/Rickenbacker Causeway, becoming South Federal Highway for a short distance (about 1/4 mile) until it becomes South Dixie Highway.

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Julia DeForest (née Sturtevant) Tuttle, (January 22, 1849 – September 14, 1898) was an entrepreneur, citrus farmer and businesswoman who was largely responsible for, and the original owner of, the land upon which the city of Miami, Florida, was built. For this reason, she is called the Mother of Miami. In 1891, when her father died and left her his land in Florida she relocated to Biscayne Bay. She then purchased the James Egan grant of 640 acres, where the city of Miami is now located, on the north side of the river, including the old Fort Dallas stone buildings, which she converted into her home and the pride of her life. Tuttle repaired and converted the home into one of the show places in the area with a sweeping view of the river and Biscayne Bay. Under an agreement between the two, Tuttle supplied Flagler with the land for a hotel and a railroad station for free, and they split the remainder of her 640 acres (2.6 km²) north of the Miami River in alternating sections. On April 22, 1896, train service of the Florida East Coast Railway came to the area. On July 28, male residents voted to incorporate a new city, Miami. Thereafter, the city steadily grew from a small town to a sophisticated metropolis.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is the third-largest performing arts center in the United States

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  • Miami is an international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts
  • Miami holds the distinction of being the only major city in the United States founded by a woman
  • The city is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States
  • The city's Port of Miami is the number one cruise/passenger port in the world
  • Miami and its metropolitan area grew from just over one thousand residents to nearly five and a half million residents in just 110 years (1896-2006)
  • Miami's skyline is ranked third most impressive in the U.S., behind New York City and Chicago
  • Miami is the only major city in the United States bordered by two national parks

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