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I Truly Hope I Move to miami in the future after I Win the lottery and powerball.
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Port Miami Development Proposals

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/0...velopment.html

Great opportunities here to connect the port area to downtown.
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Old Posted Apr 2, 2012, 11:56 PM
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Port Miami Development Proposals

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/0...velopment.html

Great opportunities here to connect the port area to downtown.
I Hope this happens.
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Interesting...

China Grill moving from Miami Beach to Brickell
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/0...rom-miami.html

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he South Beach location of China Grill was part of what lead the revival of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The restaurant’s lighted tower became an architectural icon and the restaurant was considered a destination for the hip and famous. But over the years competition in Miami’s culinary scene has increased and China Grill lost some of its luster.

China Grill’s possible move had been anticipated for more than a year and the company had first considered moving to Midtown Miami.

“After years in one of the most iconic South Beach locations we felt our client demographics had changed,” said Terry Zarikian, director of product development for China Grill Management. “We decided that Brickell would be a better location to introduce the new direction of China Grill.”
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BrickellHouse Condo Selects General Contractor as Groundbreaking Nears

MIAMI, FL—Another condo project is nearing groundbreaking day in Miami. Newgard Development Group just named John Moriarty & Associates of Florida (JMAF) as general contractor for BrickellHouse, its 374-unit luxury condo tower in the heart of Downtown Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Located at 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, construction of the 46-story development is on schedule to get underway this summer and be completed in 2014.

“JMAF’s industry expertise will ensure that we meet our 2014 completion goal,” Harvey Hernandez, chairman and managing director of Newgard Development Group, said in a statement. “With the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s recent study reporting that there is only about four months left of condo inventory while demand to live in downtown remains strong, we are building BrickellHouse to provide the most thoughtful, cutting-edge residential development to meet this demand just as inventory dries up.”


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Millecento and Brickell House both look like nice projects... and feature some unique design touches that will help them to stand out a bit in the forest of white concrete/balcony buildings.
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This time next year it might look like 2007 again in Brickell with Millicento, BrickellHouse, MyBrickell, and Brickell CitiCentre's towers all rising out of the ground within a few blocks of each other.
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^ Yeah definitely, I just hope some smaller-scale/street-level projects come with it all. Some 5-10 story new residential could really add positively to the mix of high-rises, which make the skyline cool and denser, but don't do a whole lot for things where humans actually are.

Because as it stands right now, we have basically suburban neighborhood areas along S. Miami Ave and The Roads, and then it's bam! 50-story towers. There's no transition in height or density/use to speak of... and that makes creating an actual neighborhood really difficult.
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Just got back from my first trip to Miami since I was a kid in the late 70s. My friend works for the Astros so she brought me along. I was amazed at the difference in the city. The number of high rise condos is just mind blowing. Here are the rest of my thoughts;

1) team hotel was The Epic. What a great hotel. Rooms and staff were top notch and had a nice view out over the Miami River and out over the Bay and South onto Brickell.

2) Marlins Stadium is nice and totally South Florida (color schemes, Clevelander in the outfield, water cannon/marlin/flamingo art thingie, etc...

2a) Cannot believe this is the old Orange Bowl site. That area seems much nicer than it used to be (meaning, it is no longer downright scary)

3) Mary Brickell Village and the Tobacco Road were big hits. Enjoyed walking there from the hotel
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Just got back from my first trip to Miami since I was a kid in the late 70s. My friend works for the Astros so she brought me along. I was amazed at the difference in the city. The number of high rise condos is just mind blowing...
Wow... since the late 70s! You missed some notable Miami eras in the stretch since then... namely the 80s cocaine paradise, 90s South Beach fashion phenomenon and civic resurgence, 00s construction mega boom and the "internationalization" of the city in full effect... I'm sure it is quite a change!
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Wow... since the late 70s! You missed some notable Miami eras in the stretch since then... namely the 80s cocaine paradise, 90s South Beach fashion phenomenon and civic resurgence, 00s construction mega boom and the "internationalization" of the city in full effect... I'm sure it is quite a change!
and it continues ever since.
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I Hope the destinational casino bill passes, we need casinos and stuff, this city has changed a lot over the years.
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I found this article and I felt it summed up over built Miami pretty well. Excuse me if it's been posted before...



Miami’s Suburbs in the Sky

By Craig Chester On May 17, 2012 · 16 Comments
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Are the mega-condos of Brickell the key to urban vitality and innovation or are they just cul-de-sacs in the sky? In a keynote speech during the 20th Congress for New Urbanism in West Palm Beach, author Richard Florida challenged the idea that the “rush to density” will unlock and release the potential of our cities.

“This rush to density, this idea that density creates economic growth,” is wrong, Florida said. “It’s the creation of real, walkable urban environments that stir the human spirit. Skyscraper communities are vertical suburbs, where it is lonely at the top. The kind of density we want is a ‘Jane Jacobs density.’”


Vertical cul-de-sacs?



In her influential book, Death and Life of American Cities (1961), Jacobs objected to neighborhoods that were made up exclusively of high-rises and instead preferred neighborhoods with buildings that are a mix of different building ages and types – Greenwich Village in New York City, for example. When you consider cities around the world, it is in those types of neighborhoods where you will often find the arts districts, the best music venues, the creatives, the authentic, the local businesses, the innovators, the vitality – and a sense of place and community.

I live in Brickell, in a rented condo on the 23rd story of building built in 2007. It soars for ten more stories above me and sits atop an 8-level parking pedestal where every car has a happy home. It’s surrounded by other residential towers of similar stature. Now, I enjoy Brickell primarily because I can walk for nearly all of my basic human needs – groceries, a barber, a slice of pizza etc. It’s also well-served by MetroRail and Metro Mover, both accessible from my doorstep. It’s a rare Miami neighborhood in that regard. But increasingly, I find myself questioning if Brickell is a “walkable environment that stirs the human spirit” or merely just a semi-walkable streetscape in the shadows of impersonal towers functioning as suburbs in the sky.


No mega-towers needed - "Jane Jacobs" density in Greenwich Village is plenty vibrant.

In many ways, the mega-condos of Brickell share several of the undesirable characteristics of a suburban gated community – despite being the densest neighborhood south of NYC along the east coast. It’s largely impossible to know more than few people in a 50-story building, if you know any at all. The “inclusion” of a parking space (which can drive up the cost of a unit anywhere from 15-30% according to parking expert Jeffrey Tumlin) acts as an incentive to drive, therefore damaging the pedestrian realm. The buildings and their residents, by nature, are segregated by income. The anonymity does not encourage civic engagement – in the recent city commission elections, the Brickell zip codes recorded an 8% turn-out.

That means 92% did not vote.



Meaningful public space in Brickell is severely lacking. With no central plaza, no signature park, no outdoor public room, no farmers market or gathering place, most of the “public” realm is centered around commercial “third places” (Starbucks) or reduced to the street and sidewalks. The latter is problematic because Brickell’s sidewalks are terribly neglected and the streets full of maniacal drivers. (Sometimes you’ll even see a maniacal driver on the sidewalk).

Portions of Brickell, especially Brickell Avenue, are dark and full of uninviting blank walls and underpasses. The “pedestrian shed” in Brickell is actually quite small. Aside from disjointed commercial sections of South Miami Avenue, a walk around Brickell is a particularly unrewarding experience. (Crumbling sidewalks, perpetual construction with worker disregard to pedestrians, dark streets, curb cuts galore, bullying motorists, busy arterials with scant crosswalks, the desolation of vacated office towers after business hours)


Brickell Green Space is a project to lobby for a new park in the neighborhood. (Courtesy of BrickellGreenSpace.com)

The businesses attracted to Brickell are beginning to look a lot like those implanted in suburban shopping malls – national franchises like Blue Martini, Fado, P.F. Chang’s – which would be acceptable if there were actually some other businesses opening besides restaurants. The 800-lb gorilla in the room no one seems to be talking about is the future Brickell CitiCentre, a 4,600,000 square foot retail, hotel and condo behemoth and the largest private construction project in the United States at present.

For better or worse, this project will fundamentally transform the neighborhood, if not the entire city. On one hand, it will mitigate the retail deficit that exists in Miami’s urban core. On the other, we can expect plenty of national franchises, thousands of parking spaces and plenty more traffic on the dangerous and uninviting “urban arterials” of SW 8th and SW 7th streets. Ultimately, it may be a series of towers that function more like a suburban shopping mall rather than a seamlessly integrated edifice into the urban fabric with an active pedestrian realm.



It’s obvious that areas like Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District are the emerging centers of Miami’s arts and creative community. Brickell is beginning to seem like a stark contrast to those neighborhoods; identified as a weekend playground for suburbanites, wealthy South Americans on vacation to their second homes and disengaged young professionals. As the housing stock continues to increase in those aforementioned neighborhoods, the divide will become ever more apparent.

The longer term prospects for the Brickell megatowers are arguably quite bleak, as flimsy homeowners associations will face massive maintenance costs and liabilities in an era of expensive energy in their giant-scaled buildings – an increasingly urgent situation that smaller, human-scaled buildings will have an easier time confronting. When these towers require broad renovations, the limitations of their enormity will truly be exposed.

The key to long-term vitality in a neighborhood is whether it’s inhabitants are truly fulfilled with their surroundings. 

To quote Richard Florida, “The quality of a place itself is the single most important factor in people’s fulfillment. There are four parts to this: the degree to which a community: values its history; is walkable and mixed-use; values arts, both street art and high art; and integrates the built and natural environment.”

Aside from Brickell’s walkability, it seems to be failing on the other fronts Florida mentions. Valuing history? Entitled residents are using an ancient burial ground as a toilet for their dogs. Street art and high art? There are no art galleries in Brickell and the only “street art” is the incessant sidewalk spray paint indiscriminately spewed by utility and construction companies. Integrates the built and natural environment? Another fail – all that exists in Brickell is the built environment. (The Miami Riverwalk project would be nice if completed in my lifetime)

There are some improvements on the way – Triangle Park, if ever completed, will be a welcomed, albeit small, neighborhood plaza. There are plans to overhaul South Miami Avenue and 1st St to be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly in the coming years. However, it’s relatively unlikely these projects will significantly change the underlying social construct of a skyscraper-burdened place.

I increasingly find myself leaving Brickell on my bicycle in search of more authentic urban experiences found elsewhere in the city. Actually, I need to leave Brickell just to go to a bookstore or bicycle shop….

….usually found in “Jane Jacobs” density.

Follow Craig on Twitter at @MiamiUrbanist


http://www.transitmiami.com/density/...rbs-in-the-sky
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^ Considering that Brickell Avenue & the Brickell district was known as "Millionaire's Row" for the amount of mansions where Miami's wealthy lived that lined the street around 40+ years ago what does the author expect?
The transformation of Brickell Avenue from stately mansions to a street lined with towering skyscrapers today in over a 50 year period is quite remarkable.
To compare the Brickell area to Greenwich Village is ludicrous at best since it never developed as a dense compact neighborhood.
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^ Considering that Brickell Avenue & the Brickell district was known as "Millionaire's Row" for the amount of mansions where Miami's wealthy lived that lined the street around 40+ years ago what does the author expect?
The transformation of Brickell Avenue from stately mansions to a street lined with towering skyscrapers today in over a 50 year period is quite remarkable.
To compare the Brickell area to Greenwich Village is ludicrous at best since it never developed as a dense compact neighborhood.
Wish we still had those mansions.

The author doesn't really make direct comparisons with Greenwich Village though -- just used Greenwich Village as the ultimate example of a walkable, dense, urban shangri-la. Brickell is likely urban Miami's most walkable residential neighborhood, yet it lacks so many of the ingredients of a place like Greenwich Village due to the structural constraints caused by high-rise "suburbs in the sky".

There is a very legitimate point here... and one that we've talked about before about Miami's more recent development many times. It is 100% accurate to call Brickell "just a semi-walkable streetscape in the shadows of impersonal towers functioning as suburbs in the sky".

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There's a weird thing with downtown and all of Miami generally. Whereas in other cities I've seen tons of town homes and smaller apartment buildings being built, here it's all or nothing. The speculators and slum lords would rather sit on the property and wait for their payday than develop something smaller. Would love to see more stuff in the 5-10 story range.

Maybe it's a parking issue? Building codes? I don't know.
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There's a weird thing with downtown and all of Miami generally. Whereas in other cities I've seen tons of town homes and smaller apartment buildings being built, here it's all or nothing. The speculators and slum lords would rather sit on the property and wait for their payday than develop something smaller. Would love to see more stuff in the 5-10 story range.

Maybe it's a parking issue? Building codes? I don't know.
Yeah, I mentioned it a few posts above... how its really hard to create an actual cool neighborhood when you lack a significant transition from decidedly suburban, one-story homes to 50+ story monsters.

I think you answered your question... real estate developers determine how Miami uses its land probably more than in any other city... and that's the way it's generally always been. No one seems to care that out of town condo tower developers basically determine how Miami's urban environment will look, function, and not function.

Miami's condo boom over the last decade is really pretty ridiculous from an urban development standpoint, when you consider that very, very few mid-rise and townhome style residential developments occurred. Cool from a skyline view, I guess, but boring and bland from the ground. High rise condos create cool places to live in the sky and rarely much else.

There's a reason Midtown Manhattan is not a cool "neighborhood" to hang out in, and people flock to the East and West Villages, Soho, Brooklyn, LES, etc, etc.

But I'm sure building more high-rise condos/hotel, a shopping mall, huge parking garages, and office buildings a la Brickell Citi Centre will improve that...
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Loved Craig Chester's article. I think it rings true. There are so many neighborhoods with a quarter the density of Brickell in Miami with far more walkability and far more amenities. I always find myself comparing Brickell to Midtown Atlanta, River North Chicago, Uptown Dallas, Uptown Charlotte, and other similar "new" areas and despite having by far the largest skyline there is a ton missing from Brickell's utility belt on the fundamental side, not to mention half of the condo towers are either gated or isolated from the street.
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