Message to our DWNTWNRs
Today nearly 90,000 residents live in Greater Downtown Miami, and thousands more are expected to come within the next five years. This population explosion has injected new life into our city streets, attracting new businesses that are staying open late and on weekends, and ushering in billions of dollars in new investment across our retail, residential, hospitality and financial sectors.
We continue to experience watershed moments in our history. The vacant streets and shuttered storefronts that long-defined Downtown Miami’s streets are now being replaced by sidewalk cafes, gastro pubs and small boutiques. Roadways that were once little more than commuter passageways are now filled with joggers, strollers and farmers’ markets. Areas that were once empty lots are now major centers of business; Brickell City Centre which opened its doors in 2016 has added a combination of prime class-A office space, two luxury condo towers, a 4-star hotel, and over 500,000 square feet of upscale retail to Downtown.
We are proud of the renaissance under way, yet remain diligent in our efforts to envision and embrace a sustainable blueprint for the future.
That means finding a way to reduce traffic congestion by getting people out of their cars and into public transportation. It also means improving our education system so that families don’t have to choose between urban living and quality education.
The Miami DDA is collaborating with its partners at the City and County levels while also working with the private sector on strategies that will keep our vibrant young urbanites in the neighborhood they helped to invigorate. At the same time, the Miami DDA is advocating for greater investments at the street level to improve quality of life and make Downtown’s streets safer, cleaner and more walkable. Additionally, the Miami DDA is helping realize major infrastructure projects like Flagler Street’s redevelopment, Biscayne Green and Baywalk that will collectively reimagine Downtown’s streetscapes, activate its waterfront and get people out of their buildings and into the community.
There has never been a more exciting time in Miami’s history, and that is in large part because of all of you. With Downtown’s growth has come new energy, new ideas, new investments, and new challenges. Now is the time for us to build on this momentum and ensure it remains sustainable over the long-term.