Brickell

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Pepper isn’t your normal bank concierge. She wears an all white suit made of plastic and has big glowing eyes. She’s four feet tall and has an iPad in her chest.

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Real estate broker Gabriel Miranda thought it could take a while to sell unit 905.

The vacant condo is in Echo Brickell, a recently-built, sleek residential tower that overlooks Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne. The building has elevators for cars, an enormous aquarium in the main lobby and a $42 million penthouse.

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A meeting between residents, federal officials and developers at George Humprey Tower, in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, ended in a glimmer of hope for some on Monday afternoon.

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Javier Vizoso knew that he was going to move to Miami at some point. But the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island of Puerto Rico last September accelerated his decision.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Real estate in Miami-Dade County has ebbed and flowed according to the waters bordering it – the tenet of location, location, location.

 

The tide has since turned, though. The city is looking upward, building condos that tower above the ocean.

But the supply of waterfront property is eroding. This has led some real estate developers to buy condo buildings, tear them down and replace them with something bigger and newer.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

A massive new mixed-use development in Brickell is nearing completion and promises an improved downtown pedestrian experience. Brickell City Centre, a 5.4-million-square-foot complex, includes luxury condos, office space, hotels and a shopping center.

The development is fully funded by the Hong Kong-based Swire Group, which has taken an innovative approach to access, including an already completed underground parking structure which stretches for five city blocks. 

Tobacco Road Announces New Location

Oct 23, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Tobacco Road, the bar with the oldest liquor license in Miami, is closing this week after 102 years of live music, food and drinks.

But don’t despair just yet -- at a press conference Thursday, representatives of the company announced a new location is in the works.

Patrick Gleber is the president of Tobacco Road. He’s been with the company for 32 years. He says five years ago, developers approached him offering to buy the property.

No Room To Run On Miami Sidewalks

Mar 20, 2014
Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

About 500 people gathered recently outside one of the only green spaces downtown: the 1300 block of Brickell Avenue.  They were the Brickell Run Club, all decked out in running shoes and workout shorts, ready to go for a run.

Once every week they run through the city. Some trips start on the corner of Southwest 13th Street and Brickell Avenue, then stretch past the Rickenbacker Causeway and back. But distance isn't the runners' only challenge. Frankie Ruiz, the club's founder, says it's hard for runners, bikers and pedestrians get through the city on foot.

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Dear New York Times,

Hello! It’s Miami! We wanted to write and let you know that we’re a real place. You’ve seen us before. We’re the ones that had that land boom in the 1920s.

We’re writing to you from the offices of WLRN, because we care. We love the Gray Lady. We wouldn’t dare see her honor besmirched because of us, Miami.

Eric Barton

At the height of the construction boom in 2006, Miami sprouted the second-fastest growing skyline in the world, behind Dubai. You could count over 70 cranes crowding each other out, like a tower of steel giraffes voraciously feeding on concrete.