In the 1850s a small farming community developed in an area known as Lemon City. But Lemon City is a city in name only. So-called for its many lemon groves, this small town is still home to lemon trees in the backyards of residents who live there.
Today, Lemon City is known as a creative residential and commercial district nestled in Miami’s Little River and Little Haiti districts. Mid-century industrial buildings that are ripe for adaptive reuse characterize the area. Like Wynwood, the neighborhood is attracting artsy and creative classes seeking affordable space in the Greater Downtown Miami area.
Little Haiti is part of the Lemon City area, which is also home to Lemon City Park and Lemon City Library. Before urbanization became a Miami reality, the town even had its own railway depot on the Florida East Coast Railway.
Over time, Lemon City morphed from an agricultural to a residential community. Part of the shift happened as Miami posted strong growth to the south and looked for ways to expand its land holdings. Miami annexed Lemon City in 1925, along with the town of Little River to the north and Buena Vista to the South. However, many Miami residents and visitors still call Lemon City by its original name.