The true identity of Brickell (includes photo essay)

Within recent years, many residents of South Florida have been moving to more urban locations. Whether it is for commercial purposes, job opportunities, or other reasons, people seek to live a more modern and urban lifestyle.

One of the most urbanized locations in South Florida currently is Brickell. People see Brickell as the “ideal living destination” in South Florida. With an upscale environment and many places to dine and live, Brickell is the picture-perfect place to reside in. But although it has no apparent flaws to the naked eye, there are still some serious issues people need to investigate.

In this photo essay, we go into the heart of Brickell and document the natural environment and reveal its true identity.

Brickell covers about 1.084 square miles of land and has a population of over 13,000 residents.

One of the most noticeable features is the upscale environment and luxury buildings scattered all throughout the neighborhood.

The skyline is normally filled with towers and large buildings, however…

…Brickell sits directly on the ocean, and nearly half of the neighborhood’s circumference is surrounded by crystal blue water.

When it comes to living, Brickell is mainly composed of apartment complexes rather than traditional homes. There are approximately 8,679 housing units and of those, 78.3% are occupied by renters.

According to, it costs an average of $3,500 to rent a one-bedroom apartment.

Since 2010, over 1,800 housing units were built and more are in the construction process.

Throughout the day, Brickell is normally filled with traffic coming from many directions. Upon closer inspection, a variety of different vehicles for transportation are utilized.

One of the biggest challenges people face in the area is the lack of parking.

Though many individuals still rely on a personal vehicle to get around, hundreds of residents and visitors prefer walking to save time and money.

Another common method of transportation to help with the parking and transportation situation are Metromovers.

Currently, there are 21 Metromover stations. They run from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week with trains arriving every 90 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the time of day.

The best part about the Metromover system is that it is 100% free!

One of the most popular gathering areas in Brickell and all of South Florida is Brickell City Center, a $1.05 billion mixed-use development.

Consisting of a 500,000-square-foot shopping center, condominiums, office spaces, and more, Brickell City Centre is bringing a new level of class and urbanization.

Brickell City Center is also helping with the parking situation by adding 2,600 parking spots.

Megan is a Digital Communication and Media Major with a focus on Television and Multimedia Production. She is also pursuing a minor in Social Media and E-Marketing Analytics. After graduation, she plans on using the skills and knowledge gained to become an editor in the entertainment industry.


Moises Pinell is a student at FIU majoring in communications with a track in Digital Media. He enjoys editing videos related to sports and business. He aspires to work for a television network, the Miami Heat, or in the film industry.

Anthony Blanco is a senior majoring in Digital Journalism with hopes of pursuing a career in sports journalism. Anthony is passionate about covering sports and hopes to one day make his passion his profession.