Brickell is an urban neighborhood in Miami, Florida, United States. A neighborhood of greater Downtown Miami, it is Miami’s and South Florida’s major financial district. It was settled in the modern era in the mid-1800s by early pioneers, growing to become Miami’s “Millionaire’s Row” in the early 1900s after the construction of lavish mansions along Brickell Avenue by Mary Brickell. Today, it has grown to overtake the city’s historic central business district to the north, as one of the largest financial districts in the United States.
Brickell is a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. Referred to as the “Manhattan of the South,” it is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, mostly along Brickell Avenue, itl’s main north-south avenue and along Miami Avenue, home to many popular Miami restaurants, shops and places of entertainment. A few hundred feet east of the northeastern side of it is Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers. As South Florida’s primary financial district, it is the core of Miami’s banking, investment, and financial sectors. Additionally, alongside with Downtown Miami, it has most of the state’s foreign consulates. Most of these consulates are located along Brickell Avenue.
With rapid urbanization over the decades, very little remains of the original character of Brickell. It was originally platted for mansions and large homes by Mary Brickell, which thus led to the name “Millionaire’s Row.” With the growth of the city, especially in the 1970s onwards, it’s character began to change with the construction of high-rise office towers along Brickell Avenue, and high-rise residential towers in lower Brickell, south of SE 15th Road (Broadway). A commercial boom in the 1980s, brought mass construction of office towers to it, and subsequent construction, would further change the neighborhood into the dense, urban, residential and commercial neighborhood it is today.