Population > 5.5 million
Leading indicator > Five years ago, Miami's Wynwood Art District didn't exist; today, it boasts nearly 70 galleries and art spaces
Fast companies > Crispin Porter + Bogusky; Bacardi U.S.A.; "tropical modernist" architects Arquitectonica
Art Basel Miami Beach's launch in 2002 thrust the city's contemporary arts scene onto the world stage. Now, world-famous starchitects such as César Pelli (who's designing a new performing arts center) and Herzog & de Meuron (the Miami Art Museum) compete to forge the evolving skyline. Mayor Manny Diaz wants all new buildings 50,000 square feet or more to be silver LEED certified or better.
Correction: The performing arts center in Miami by César Pelli opened in October 2006.