I’m really bothered by the fact that MDM wanted to extend Brickell Avenue north of the Miami River. I say “wanted” because Gov. Charlie Crist has outright denied their request. It’s clear that the Brickell name is highly marketable, but the reason is that, over a long period of time, Brickell Village has established itself as Miami’s premier residential urban enclave, but with the advent of new high density residential in the CBD, Park West, M&E, and Edgewater neighborhoods, Brickell Village is no longer the lone candidate for such a distinction. This is not to say that any of the aforementioned neighborhoods have eclipsed Brickell in this effect, but it is to say that Miami’s urban core is maturing and the development/evolution of these communities needs to be embraced.
MDM should embrace the fact that their Met project will alter the CBD–and in fact counter Brickell’s influence–, not expect Brickell to be extended to the north in order to lend marketability to their project. As it is, the Miami River offers a natural, and obvious, barrier. In denying MDM’s outlandish request, Charlie Crist has earned points with BoB.