Here’s What Brickell Looked Like In 1987 After It Was Transformed By A Construction Boom

A photograph of Brickell and downtown Miami shows how the skyline had been transformed in 1987 with several newly completed high rises.

Today, the same skyline view would be nearly unrecognizable thanks to dozens of towers completed in the ensuing three decades.

The 1987 image was uploaded to Reddit by user Electricspiderman, who said he found it hanging in his office

Brickell Key had just a handful of buildings then, including one residential tower completed in 1982 and another in 1986. The 701 Brickell office tower, also completed in 1986, can be seen in the background.

In the foreground is the Intercontinental Hotel Miami center office tower, completed in 1982 and 1983, with the Southeast Financial Center office tower (1984) also in view.

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Ah, I remember this as a kid. Bayside was just being done and it was all the rave back then. Shops, restaurant/bars, live music and who can forget the party boat. 🙂

Anonymous
2 years ago

Too bad the development already encroaching on Brickell since the 1960s didn’t concentrate around Flagler Street and Park West (Worldcenter). Development would have been more compact, encouraged walkability, and created a more pronounced skyline. I mean FFS, earlier Brickell towers had parking garages facing the bay!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Except that the broader development footprint laid the framework for a much larger (and eventually walkable and transitable) urban core.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder how many local developers got their, ehm, seed capital during this colorful decade in Miami

Anonymous
2 years ago

The percent today that get their seed money from money launderers is much greater

Anonymous
2 years ago

It wasn’t so much seed capital it was more of… hmm… powder capital, shall we say?

POLO
2 years ago

What an amazing transformation.

Afi Keita James
2 years ago

Nothing will ever be as good as Miami vice, that show made Miami the controversial but hot city as the time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

About time Miami step up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Boston is expensive and boring as fu**. And it too cold to even go out.
Everything closes so early.
Hell no thank you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It was better looking back then. Miami Vice.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What a town. What a town!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

rent now is an issue since its like $2k to $4k or even $5k geez it doesnt need to be like L.A or NYC for christ sake!

Kristian
2 years ago

Damn, I remember being at Bayside for a Florida Lottery kickoff party they had in the late 80’s. Even then downtown Miami looked similar to the intro b-roll shots of Que Pasa USA…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can us grownups have one or two casinos now.. pleazzeee?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Would be nice. Something nice and high tech like the Strip.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Do half of you realize Fort Lauderdale is part of the Miami metro… without broward and Palm Beach the miami metro wouldn’t even be in the top 20 most populous metros in the country…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank goodness the Miami MSA includes Ft Lauderdale and Palm Beach, otherwise Miami promoters couldn’t make most of the claims they do about Miami

John
2 years ago

Brickell looks like manhattan and dubai too many towers hope it does not sink

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hope one day you’ll learn how to use periods and commas.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I hope one day you actually get to travel outside Miami so you can see what places like Manhattan and Dubai actually look like. Then you won;t make these foolish comparisons, hopefully.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks like downtown Ft. Lauderdale in the present day.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ft. Lauderdale still more of an autentic city, you can build as many of highrises you want miami is like Beijing alot of empty buildings to make it look like a city. Still a dump no comparison to Chicago, New York, LA. Still a dump down there

Anonymous
2 years ago

Aw… Looks like someone is a little upset they can’t afford to live in Brickell and got stuck living in Broward. Ft. Lauderdale is an edge city. Always has been. Look at it’s history.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is so into itself and truthfully, it’s completely unwarranted. The only thing Miami does better than greater Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches is Biscayne Bay. Miami has a beautiful bay. South Florida has nearly 6.2 million people and 4 million of them do not live in Dade County. Miami doesn’t even have a beach! Fort Lauderdale has everything that Miami has (besides the bay) and does it with a less shitty pretentious attitude. If you look at the data in terms of intermigration within the metro area, people flee Miami-Dade for Broward and Palm Beach counties as soon as they have a chance. Lastly, while the glass shines beautifully on all the new construction, it doesn’t in any way, take away the fact that most of Dade County are largely a slum. There are skinny chickens and bars on the windows mostly everywhere in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Heh… Whatever you gotta tell yourself to get through the day living in Broward.

You sound like one of those salty “doesn’t live in NYC but a lesser place like Philly so I’m gonna trash on the bigger more well known guy in my neck of the woods” types.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nope. Miami has tall buildings and brand recognition for sure, but the city is largely a dump with an unwarranted attitude. Those tall buildings, beautiful though they may be, are the product of flight capital. The city doesn’t function correctly or abide by any set of rules. It relies upon the strength of the rest of the metro area to keep it up. Every time someone comes in trying to raise the cultural cache of Miami, the city and its people shit all over it. I know this from the pain of many trying to start creative agencies and other ventures in Dade county. Miami’s cultural scene is only as good as an Instagram post. Why do you think Wynwood is covered in murals from artists all around the world, but no one from Miami? Where is Miami’s local art scene, film scene, anything scene? Why is the PAMM having to host weddings to keep the lights on? Miami lacks the vision to create something beyond the cosmetic appearance of vanity and success. Don’t get me wrong: Miami is extremely bougie if you look past the cars without functioning tail lights held together by tape. Miami looks posh if you don’t go under the bridges by the river. Miami appears decadent from maybe the air or a boat, but its beauty is skin deep. Miami only cares about the appearance of this image, not the cultivation of character required to be something like Philadephia, Boston, New York or any plethora of cities rich in cultural character. By the way, I would totally live in Philly any day of the week over NYC. It’s an awesome city.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Poor Broward’s feelings got hurt.

Anonymous
2 years ago

New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are all cities that are older than Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. But do they have shore power?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Aren’t you forgetting The Tequesta, the First Miamians who built their “Brickell” with conch shell hammers as the first city in North America over 3,000 years ago– i.e. BEFORE the Roman Empire, Great Wall in China, Homer’s Illiad/Odyssey, Assyrians, Hittites, Ramses II, King Tut, the biblical Exodus & survived the Collapse of Civilization in 1177 BCE, prospering with a commercial block chain stretching to today’s Mississippi River?! And Ponce de Leon 506 years ago who named Biscayne Bay & Key Biscayne?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Besides all that BS you wrote.. there was a city named “Miami” and a state named “Florida” two thousand years ago?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Native settlements set the stage for colonial/early American settlements because of existing development patterns. Why do you think most cities are situated on water? Besides needing it to survive, water was the main way to navigate for commerce. Native settlements set the foundation for how every settlement/civilization after them continued to develop/use the geography. Don’t be so naive to dismiss anything that isn’t “official” just because it wasn’t “American.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Before trying to educate, listen first. This country wasn’t known as the “United States of America” and this state wasn’t known as “Florida” until the Europeans came here. They converted an outpost into a city and called it “Miami” which is a native American name for “big water.” As for the other non-sense you wrote, I guess ancient Greece and Kemet (real name for what the call Egypt) among others didn’t do any trading along their sea shores?

Anonymous
2 years ago

homes the Tequestas had 8 shacks and a big stone patio….can’t compare to what the Romans had lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

I have no idea what this opinion is…….
What place is a dump? Miami or New York?
Rewrite please……

Anonymous
2 years ago

the streets on New York smell like sh**t. You can’t compare Miami Vs NYC/LA/Chicago.

South Flordia during the winter months >>>>

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol, have you walked the streets of downtown? They smell pretty bad too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ft Lauderdale? Had nearly 0 charm

POLO
2 years ago

Yeah, developers developed a ton of towers to sit empty so they can loose a ton of money. Do you understand how ridiculous your statement sounds. I bed you have never been to Beijing, or Chicago, New York, or LA for that matter.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Look, miami skyline does not make it a large city, miami is just a jungle with tall buildings, (Panama City),. Just wanna be city folk in a wanna be city go visit real cities Boston, Philadelphia, not Miami and yes I have been to Beijing

Anonym
2 years ago

It has the 3rd largest skyline in the U.S., and getting bigger. The Miami metro also has more people than Philadelphia, and Boston. AND NO, YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO BEIJING.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Again, yes I have been there and to the ines I reccomend to you so I am speaking from experience. Miami has no true authentisity just a dressed up dinky looking city Boston yes, Philly yes Miami…. meh. With the help of Ft. Lauderde and Broward you are considered a metropolis. Again, a dressed up small dinky city

Anonymous
2 years ago

Boy, you sure know how to mangle the English language. And if where you live is made up of people like you, it has to be a “dinky place.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think I did well with my english professor!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe for people where you’re from but for people who were born in this country over five decades ago, your English is barely readable.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How does it feel to spend so much effort trolling people only to not really upset anyone in the end?

I bet it feels lonely… here, have a random internet comment out of pity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Do you realize Fort Lauderdale is part of the Miami metro lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

True, Ft. Lauderdale is authentic. That Cheesecake Factory on Las Olas has the best Tex/Mex Eggrolls.
You could argue that the CHeesecake Factory Tex/Mex Eggrolls in the Mall of the Americas is better, but I dont think so.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You sound bitter a.f. living in boring ft Lauderdale. Stop hating. You must have gotten your azz beatdown and ran up out of Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They actually sound boring enough to live in 50 Biscayne.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i agree with you!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Absolutely! Ft Lauderdale is tons more authentic then Miami is.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Chicago is 4 sq miles of frozen tundra 5 months out the year…50 people were shot there this weekend. LA is overrated valley with 20 million residents and their downtown is a place no one wants to go unless their homeless. NYC is NYC…none of those compare. Ft Lauderdale is a second rate city. Anytime I go to any of these cities and am asked where I am from and say Miami, people’s eyes light up. People comment these things without actually having experiencing these cities to the fullest.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks better then.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ya today looks like a computer or something, I bet life was a lot better when everything was black and white too… In the future when everything is Virtual Reality I dont know how miami will look

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just a bunch of white stucco boxes. Very boring.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brickell has become an amazing place to live. The energy, the vibe, brickell city center, equinox, Whole Foods, two cinemas walking distance. Sorry but it has exceeded even my expectations and they are high and I have traveled the world over.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m miami born and raised… and I could live in brickell if I wanted but I like living on the beach… and it’s kinda sad if you think brickell is one of the greatest places to live in the world lol. Being a great city doesn’t necessarily have to deal with its age but miami truly lacks a street level experience which helps enrich great cities. Miami won’t truly be a great city until people experience it outside of their cars. And if you say I have everything within walking distance in brickell then you aren’t even really experiencing the real Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is the epitome of authenticity right here^^^