Spring 2012 – The state of Brickell Avenue – An appeal from a Brickellite

By Gail Feldman

BHA’s photographic and video review of the state of Brickell Avenue for elected officials at the February Legislative meeting was introduced with this message.

Most great cities of the world have a primary road that prepares its travelers for an unfolding introduction to its central business and residential districts, such as the Champs Élysées in Paris and Park Avenue in New York.

For example, Park Avenue’s character achieves an urban excellence that promotes a strong sense of arrival and amazement by utilizing important elements of landscape, lighting, colors, materials, traffic control and flow, safe and sensible pedestrian and bicycle utilization, etc.

In addition, one has an immediate sense of a serious high quality maintenance condition that is the same level each and every day. Some of us remember when the once-dirty city changed its character with a beautification and utilization program. The success of this program allows the observer to experience one of the most elegant and exciting entries into the heart of this world-centric place.

We are not in Manhattan, nor is Brickell Park Avenue. However the underlying assets, policies, programs and processes that brought Park Avenue to its world-class condition and utilization also apply to our Brickell Avenue…Miami’s gateway boulevard.

Brickell Avenue is home to thousands of residents, core businesses, entertainment venues, pedestrians, bike riders, adults, children, visitors, daily workers, and on and on! All of this is most certainly meaningful to everyone who falls into this endless list…we finance the City of Miami. Seventy-nine percent of all of the city real estate taxes Miami collects is generated from District 2, the heart of which is Brickell, and all of us who live here. We deserve, and should demand excellence!

Our gateway is in terrible condition. It exudes a “second-hand status” rather than an image of the ultra-valuable asset that it is. We implore the City of Miami, FDOT and Miami-Dade County to take care of this treasure.•

From BHA News, Spring 2012, Vol. XXI, No. 1