Brickell Avenue in Miami is growing fast, but is it too much?

Brickell Avenue in Miami is growing fast, but is it too much?

Philippe Houdard could be Brickell’s future: He has gone car-less.

Houdard, the co-founder of office-space sharing firm Pipeline, sold his Honda Accord when he moved to Brickell from South Beach last year. He walks when he goes to dinner. He takes Uber to meetings.

“Brickell has the density to do everything I need within several blocks,” Houdard said. “It’s completely changed.”

Just a few years ago, Miami’s financial district emptied into a ghost town when law firms and banks shut their doors at night. You could roll a bowling ball down Brickell Avenue without hitting a soul. But after the housing bubble burst, millennials seeking cheap rents flooded into Brickell, helping revive one of Miami’s historic residential districts. Now, with the population booming and expensive new restaurants, hotels, condos and shops popping up on every block, the neighborhood is changing fast. City officials, business owners and residents are trying to keep up.

Is this Brickell’s moment to transform into the hip, walkable, urban playground that boosters dream of? Or will the neighborhood mutate into a traffic-congested nightmare where only the rich can afford to live and party?

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