Brickell

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Brickell
Neighborhood of Miami
The northern end of the Brickell skyline looking towards the Miami River
The northern end of the Brickell skyline looking towards the Miami River
Nickname(s): Financial District
Brickell neighborhood within the City of Miami
Brickell neighborhood within the City of Miami
Coordinates: 25°45′29″N 80°11′35″W / 25.758°N 80.193°W / 25.758; -80.193
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City Miami
Settled 1830s
Incorporated into the City of Miami 1896
Subdistricts of Brickell
Government
 • City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff
 • Miami-Dade Commissioners Bruno Barreiro
 • House of Representatives Luis R. Garcia, Jr. (D)
 • State Senate Gwen Margolis (D)
 • U.S. House Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Area
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.1 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 31,759[1] (Brickell population only)
71,000 (including entire downtown area)
 • Density 26,688/sq mi (10,304/km2)
 • Demonym Brickellite
Time zone EST (UTC-05)
ZIP Code 33129, 33130, 33131
Area code(s) 305, 786
Website Brickell Area Association
Brickell Homeowners Association

Brickell (/ˈbrɪkəl/ BRIK-əl) is an urban neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States. A neighborhood of greater Downtown Miami, Brickell is Miami and South Florida's major financial district.

Brickell was settled in the modern era in the mid-1800s by early pioneers, growing to become Miami's "Millionaire's Row" in the early 1900s after the construction of lavish mansions along Brickell Avenue by Mary Brickell. By the 1970s, office towers, hotels and apartments began replacing the historic mansions. Today, Brickell has grown to overtake the city's historic central business district to the north, as one of the largest financial districts in the United States. With a fast growing residential population, Brickell is one of Miami's fastest growing as well as its most dense neighborhood, with a 2010 population about 31,000.[1]

Brickell has a large concentration of wealthy Venezuelan, Colombian, Cuban, and Argentine residents. Many work in the neighborhood's financial and trade sectors, or live in Brickell part-time.

Background[edit]

Brickell is a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. Referred to as the "Manhattan of the South,"[3] Brickell is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, mostly along Brickell Avenue, Brickell's main north-south avenue and along Miami Avenue, home to many popular Miami restaurants, shops and places of entertainment. A few hundred feet east of the northeastern side of Brickell is Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers. As of 2009, over 190,000 office employees work in greater Downtown.[4] Today, greater Downtown Miami is one the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Miami, booming from 40,000 residents in 2000 to 80,000 in 2010. Brickell is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Brickell station and by 5 stations of the Metromover's Brickell Loop.

Banking and consulates[edit]

As South Florida's primary financial district, Brickell is the core of Miami's banking, investment, and financial sectors. Additionally, alongside with Downtown Miami, Brickell has most of the state's foreign consulates. Most of these consulates are located along Brickell Avenue. Some of these consulates along Brickell Avenue include the consulate of: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, amongst others.[5]

Geography[edit]

Aerial of Brickell looking down Brickell Avenue from Icon Brickell.
Brickell and Brickell Key.

Brickell lies south of the Miami River, extending south to SW 26th Road (the Rickenbacker Causeway), and is mostly mixed financial and residential north of Broadway (SW 15th Road), and mostly residential south of Broadway. Brickell is home to 31,759 year-round residents.[6][7] The area of Brickell south of Broadway is mainly low and mid-rise residential buildings west of Brickell Avenue and high-rise residential to the east of Brickell Avenue. This area of Brickell includes the "Millionaires' Row" section of Brickell Avenue, home to many expensive residences, and home to many of Miami's most expensive apartments and condominiums, as well as some iconic Miami skyscrapers, such as the Atlantis Condominium.

Although Brickell has traditionally been known as a financial district, in recent years, construction of numerous condominium and apartment towers in Brickell, has extended the upscale residential neighborhood feel of lower Brickell into upper Brickell. Recent construction in Brickell has also enlarged the urban core of Brickell from Brickell Avenue west to the Metrorail line, with new office and residential towers, such as Axis at Brickell Village. As of 2010, 80,000 residents live in Brickell, among them, famous celebrities such as José José, Luis Miguel, Clinton Portis, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.[8]

At the center of Brickell is Mary Brickell Village, with an assortment of restaurants, boutiques, services that create a gathering area for high-class retail and restaurants. Some the best and most well-known names are leasing space in the project. The project is designed after a French style village and attracts social gathering and entertainment.

To the north of Brickell is Downtown, with most of the area's public elementary schools and Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. Downtown is also home to the Miami Main Library, as well as various parks, theatres, museums, and sporting venues. South of Brickell is Coconut Grove, with Mercy Hospital, CocoWalk, Dinner Key, Villa Vizcaya, as well as many historic sites and parks. Coconut Grove also has many of Miami's best private schools, such as Ransom Everglades, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, and Immaculata-Lasalle High School.

West of Brickell is Little Havana, extending from SW 8th St westward. East of Brickell is Biscayne Bay, and eastward along the Rickenbacker Causeway, is Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. Both keys have many public beaches, nature preserves, parks, and various other cultural venues. Also east, along the MacArthur Causeway is South Beach.

West Brickell[edit]

West Brickell is a sub-neighborhood of Brickell, west of the Miami Metrorail line (SW 1st Avenue), and east of I-95, south of the Miami River, and north of SE 15th Road (Broadway). It is primarily a residential neighborhood, made up mostly of low to mid-rise apartment buildings.

South Brickell[edit]

South Brickell is a sub-neighborhood of Brickell, south of SE 15th Road (Broadway) to the Rickenbacker Causeway, east of I-95, west of Biscayne Bay. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with single-family homes from the early-1900s along South Miami Avenue and high-rise residential towers along the east side of Brickell Avenue.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 13,584
2010 27,776 104.5%
source:[9]
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village is a popular dining and shopping destination in Brickell.

As of 2010, the population of Brickell had 27,776 people, with a population density of 37,622 per square mile, making it one of the densest neighborhoods in the United States. In the 2010 US Census, the racial makeup of Brickell was 62.0% Hispanic of any race, 33.2% White (non-Hispanic), 1.6% Asian, and 1.4% Black.[10] The zip codes for Brickell include 33129, 33130, and 33131. The area covers 1.084 square miles (2.81 km2).

As of 2000, there were 5,557 males and 5,972 females. The median age for males were 38.4 years old, while the median age for females were 40.6 years old. The average household size had 1.8 people, while the average family size had 2.6 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 30.3%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 8.5%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 4.3%. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 20.2%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 16.0%.[11]

As of 2000, the percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 27.7% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 17.1%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 13.7%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 3.9%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 65.3%.[11]

Education and institutions[edit]

Metromover is a popular way of getting around the Downtown area. It connects the area's neighborhoods and can get very busy during rush hour.

Elementary schools[edit]

Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:

  • Southside Elementary School
  • Ada Merritt Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School

Private schools:

  • First Presbyterian International Christian School (Christian)
  • Gordon Day School (Jewish)
  • Prima Casa Montessori School

Colleges and universities[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Places of worship[edit]

  • First Presbyterian Church (1898)
  • St. Jude Catholic Church (1946)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Central Korean Presbyterian Church
  • The Shul of Downtown and Brickell
  • Crossbridge Church
  • Calvary Chapel Downtown

Transportation[edit]

The Riverwalk Station in Downtown Miami is on the Metromover's Brickell Loop.

Brickell is served by Metrobus throughout the area, the Miami Metrorail, and the Metromover:

Metrorail:

  •          Brickell (SW 11th Street and 1st Avenue)

Metromover:

  •      Brickell Loop
Aon Benfield Inc., a company in Brickell.

Public Transportation in the Downtown/Brickell area is used more than in any other part of Miami and is a vital part of Brickell life. Metrorail, Miami's heavy rail system, has one station in Brickell at the Brickell Station. In addition to Metrorail, the Metromover train system runs 3 lines throughout Downtown (the Downtown Loop, the Omni Loop, and the Brickell Loop). The Metromover connects with Metrorail and is free. Metromover stations can be found at roughly every two blocks in Brickell.

Metrorail has stops throughout Miami with connections to Miami International Airport, all Miami-Dade County bus lines, Tri-Rail and Amtrak. The main bus station in Downtown is located next to the Arsht Center at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station.

As an urban and pedestrian-friendly area with an extensive public transit network, Brickell (along with Downtown, Omni, and South Beach) is one of the areas in Miami where a car-free lifestyle is commonplace. Many Brickellites get around by foot, bicycle, Metromover or by taxi. The Metromover is a popular alternative to walking in the area, especially on rainy, hot or cold days, as the Metromover is free, and stations are located roughly every two blocks throughout the area.

Recently, the City of Miami, along with the Downtown Development Authority, has begun bicycle initiaves promoting city-wide bike parking and bike lanes, that have made bicycling much more popular for residents. Bike lanes and bike sharrows are currently planned for the majority of Downtown streets to be painted by the end of 2010. Decobike, the popular bike sharing program in Miami Beach, has announced a launch in Brickell/Downtown Miami in Mid 2014. The Venetian Causeway is a popular bicycle commuter route that connects South Beach to Downtown. The Rickenbacker Causeway is very popular on weekends for recreational bicyclists, and often, bicycles can outnumber cars on the causeway.[12]

Taxis[edit]

Taxis are popular in Brickell, especially from Brickell to South Beach, Design District or to Coconut Grove. Since many Brickell residents choose to not have cars, taxis are also popular for rides within Downtown neighborhoods, especially after midnight when the Metromover stops running. Taxis can be hailed on the street, or phoned.

Brickell skyscrapers[edit]

Florida's tallest building, the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower, is in Brickell.
Looking north on Brickell Avenue.
The Icon Brickell complex marks the northern entrance to the Brickell Financial District on Brickell Avenue

Office towers[edit]

Residential towers[edit]

Parks[edit]

  • Simpson Park Hammock- (nature preserve) S. Miami Ave and Broadway
  • Alice Wainwright Park- (nature preserve) Brickell Ave and the Rickenbacker Causeway
  • Southside Park- SW 1st Ave and SW 11th St
  • Allen Morris Brickell Park- SE 10th St and SE 1st Ave
  • Brickell Park- Brickell Ave and SE 5th St
  • Miami Circle- Brickell Avenue Bridge (next to Icon Brickell towers)
  • Brickell Key Park- 805 Claughton Island Dr

Historic Brickell[edit]

With rapid urbanization over the decades, very little remains of the original character of Brickell. Brickell was originally platted for mansions and large homes by Mary Brickell, which thus led to the name "Millionaire's Row." With the growth of the city, especially in the 1970s onwards, Brickell's character began to change with the construction of high-rise office towers along Brickell Avenue, and high-rise residential towers in lower Brickell, south of SE 15th Road (Broadway). A commercial boom in the 1980s, brought mass construction of office towers to Brickell, and subsequent construction, would further change the neighborhood into the dense, urban, residential and commercial neighborhood it is today. Some of the historic buildings remaining in Brickell can be seen in the photos below. While not a registered historic landmark, Brickell is home to Tobacco Road, which claims to be Miami's oldest bar, in business since 1912.[13]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 25°45′29″N 80°11′35″W / 25.758°N 80.193°W / 25.758; -80.193