Brickell is an urban area of Modern-day Miami, Florida that is constantly booming. With more and more people moving to the area every year, there is never a shortage of entertainment, culture, and business. With all the bustle of this urban neighborhood, there is no wonder that this area has always been destined for greatness.
Growth and Development
Development in the area began after William and Mary Brickell opened a trading post off the bank of the Miami River in the urban area of Miami, Florida in 1870. They would purchase animal hides and other organic materials from the Tequesta Indians who in turn would buy cloth, tools, and other items from the Brickell’s. As this area began to grow, Mary Brickell began the development of a place called “Millionaire’s Row” along the bay, which was a section of expensive housing that would later adapt to fit condominiums and skyscrapers. In the decades that would follow, this area has grown to accommodate office buildings, hotels, and more neighborhoods.
Urbanization of the Area
After the Brickell’s passed away, a man named Henry Flagler created a channel in the Miami River. In 1896, he began the project to create Brickell Key. Brickell Key consisted of two small islands created from the channel Flagler dug up. In the 1940s, a man named Edward Claughton Senior purchased the islands and connected them to make one big island. Brickell Key is now a mixture of urban communities linked to the mainland.
Modern Day Brickell
Now an urban and booming area of Miami, Brickell was once considered a financial district. Bars and clubs, modern neighborhoods, and businesses are just the surface of this Miami neighborhood. Brickell is now a fusion of sports arenas, culture, and nightlife, which makes this urban living area truly one-of-a-kind. There are also beaches, which makes it a great destination for those vacationing in the area. Evidence of the development of Brickell can be seen in the smaller areas of the urban neighborhood including Brickell Key, West Brickell, South Brickell and more.
Population and Historical Remnants
In 2000, the population was 13,584; 10 years later, the population has boomed to 27,776 people. Today, the population is upwards of 70,000 people. Brickell is a very diverse area of Miami with 62% of the population being Hispanic, 33% being non-Hispanic, and 3% of the population being Asian and Black. While the rapid growth of the area has gotten rid of much of the historical buildings, there are still historical places like Brickell Park, Brickell Mausoleum, and Tobacco Road, which is a bar that claims to have been around since 1912. The Brickell Mausoleum is the final resting place of the Brickell family, which is one of the only historical structures still standing.
As Brickell continues to grow, Miami can expect more growth in the future. Until then, visit the area yourself and get a taste of Miami’s nightlife. Brickell is a great place to live and work, which is evident from all of its happy residents.