Miami’s Staggering Growth As Seen In A Single Photo

Point a camera in almost any direction in downtown Miami to capture the enormous amount of growth seen in recent years.

The photo below was uploaded to Twitter by The Next Miami reader Ryan Rea, who was pointing out the location of the proposed Okan Tower.

It was taken this week from a balcony at Marina Blue, a 57-story completed in 2008.

In the foreground is the 351-room CitizenM hotel under construction at Miami Worldcenter. On the same block, the 43-story Luma Miami Worldcenter apartment tower can be seen being built.

Two other towers are under construction behind it. They are Melo Group’s twin 51-Story Downtown 5th towers, one of which has already topped off.

One of the Parkline apartment tower can be seen behind it. The two Parkline towers at MiamiCentral were completed in 2020 and include 816 rental apartments, above a Brightline station, retail center and food hall that opened in 2018.

Visible to the left are at least nine recently completed towers in Brickell that opened within the past five years. They include SLS Lux, six towers at Brickell City Centre, one of the Brickell Heights towers, and the Solitair tower.

(photo: ryan rc rea)

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Azarius
11 days ago

Keep Building ‼️‼️ Looks beautiful

Anonymous G
10 days ago

Agreed. I love Miami

ILoveMiami
10 days ago

Me too.

Anonymous
11 days ago

That”s cool and all but all the buildings in this picture mentioned are residential! We are in desperate need of more Office and ground level retail and dinning opinions. It all works together when you have office space you will have professionals walking to eat or have coffee and others walking shopping or sight seeing. Imagine the downtowns up north I wish we had that same type of foot traffic but Miami just set up different!

Azarius
11 days ago

We have a few new office buildings in the surrounding Wynwood/downtown area and most of the new development has a office portion included

Anonymous
11 days ago

What planet are you living on who is going into the office

Anonymous
11 days ago

plenty of offices are filled, i had to go into one to sign my mortgage recently.

J.
10 days ago

Do you really expect people to be in lockdown forever?

Anonymous
10 days ago

good you go into the office and get the Rona the rest of us can work from home office

Dave
10 days ago

I agree. Its a gift since Covid happened that we can work from home indefinitely. I even work flawless across states as a design freelancer. No more office for me and my teams.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Dont forget there will be the convention center in downtown and there are still lots of available land to build an office building. But wynwood has a couple new offices and 830 Brickell is going up. Id suspect to see more offices get built after you have more residential buildings go up and foot traffic is higher in the area

Anonymous
11 days ago

Stop wasting your time pointing out these structures. Some people are going to come on this site and squawk the same crap over an over because they don’t pay attention.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Are you nuts? More ground level retail space? Do you see how much empty space there is already? They can’t fill that retail what kind of person are you to write that not a very smart one

Anonymous G
10 days ago

There is 830 Brickell, 545 Wynwood and the Gateway at Wynwood. All major office projects. 545 is pretty much done and I’m sure some of these mix used high rises in the WorldCenter have some office space as well.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Growth moving into North downtown

Anonymous
11 days ago

Build it and they will come!

Anonymous
11 days ago

Bahahaha

Anonymous
10 days ago

Look who’s laughing, a person who wish he made enough money to live in one of these new apartment towers we see going up downtown.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Miami World Center developers was wrong in not opening dining and retail when Paramount open….all these storefronts empty…at least a coffee shop please!

Fredo
11 days ago

Win Miami Win!

Anonymous
10 days ago

Um, win what?

Anonymous
10 days ago

Growth, which equates to a vibrant City. Hence, the title of the article “Miami’s staggering growth …”. What is the opposite of growth? People leaving, empty buildings, for sale and for lease signs, and depressed property prices.

Anonymous
10 days ago

Miami has been growing since there was just eight people in the entire city. This whole country’s been growing. Can you say “win USA win?”

Anonymous
9 days ago

Detroit…

Anonymous
9 days ago

What about Detroit?

Anonymous
11 days ago

Marinablue is hands down, one of the best buildings in Miami. I love their pools, the staff and the views. I only wish they cleaned up Museum Park, too many homeless people doing drugs and defecating in there. Not a family park.

Anonymous
11 days ago

I have to defecate there because there’s no public bathroom

Anonymous
7 days ago

There’s one facing the FEC slip across from the AAA. But you better sit down when you pee.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Its actually not that bad yet, but I am using cali standards

Anonymous
10 days ago

Troll much? I go to pace park and museum park almost everyday and both are stunning jewels of Miami.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Do you ever go in the evening?

Anonymous
7 days ago

They need to install sprinklers through the night to deter homeless to sleep there. Also, benches should have separators so no one cal lay down. Security needs to be bumped up and it needs to ensure no one does drugs in the park. That’s how you clean it.

Anonymous
11 days ago

the pandemic has n’t slowed down growth in miami.i’m excited about the future but i’m also concerned about the national homeless crisis. homelessness is ruining cities like los angeles,san francisco.seattle,portland austin and many others.homelessness in miami is not out of control like on those cities but it’s growing.it all starts with dirty streets.these bums try to see how complacent people are with dirtiness and then start moving to the neighborhood and create a vicious cycle, people start leaving the neighborhood,the city loses tax revenue and falls into decay and the criminal gangs take over the neighborhood. we should not let it happen here.please call 311 or the city where you live and demand that they keep your neighborhood clean and well maintained. DBI services is the company in charge of cleaning miami dade’s expressways, send them an email and complain about how dirty our expressways are. in los angeles they ignored the problem and now is out of control and they are having the largest exodus in their history.

Anonymous
10 days ago

DBI services is the company in charge of cleaning Miami Dade expressways? Exactly when do they clean them? The expressways are filthy, with graffiti, black tire marks etc. Just compare them to the expressways in Broward County. The difference is unbelievable!

Anonymous
10 days ago

Hey man, take a pill, chill out!

GatorMia
10 days ago

and what do all of these cities have all in common? add nyc and chicago… dumbass democratic mayors!

Anonymous
10 days ago

And they’re considered “World Class” while Miami is considered a “Banana Republic.”

10 and out
10 days ago

Ouch!!!!

Anonymous
10 days ago

Cost of living is way too high. What’s that rap song. You need to cut it? Lol seriously i was homeless I rent cars though to sleep in cause jobs aren’t paying enough. Now have 2/2 on the ocean $900 month SC 3 pools jacuzzi gym ocean back yard listen to ocean waves on my balcony and bed. Places want you to show proof of making 3x as much as rent in Miami. Yea right.. so need to clean up the streets sure but employers need to pay a living wage and $15 isn’t even a living wage really in this supposedly world class dump. Can we ever hold an Olympics? No way we don’t have the infrastructure for it. Lol and they thought amazon was going to bring HQ here lol what a riot

Anonymous
10 days ago

Yikes!

Anonymous
10 days ago

Paying $900 mo 2 bed on the ocean……must have 3 other crackheads you split the rent with

Anonymous
10 days ago

Why don’t next Miami allow reader uploads of images instead of just comments?

10 and out
10 days ago

Miami is becoming……

Jezebel Jones
10 days ago

Even more of a dense urban hell.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Supercoolandamazing

Anonymous
10 days ago

This downtown construction is all nice and Dandy. But where’s the infurstructure to support it. Sewage systems, need to be upgraded, mass transit expansion, etc… These condos look like they are 1/3 full.
Empty highrises still need maintenance, and utilities paid, taxes still need to be paid for the structure. I’m baffled by what is going on every high rise going up has a parking garage Has anyone done the basic math? Where are all these cars going to drive when all roads are in gridlocked downtown. The down bridge was a bad design downtown is built up around the Miami river where commercial ships come in and out day and mostly night.
Look at i95 during peak time south bound and north bound during pm.

Anonymous
10 days ago

“I’m baffled?”

You seem to know all the problems Miami has.. why don’t you run for Mayor and try to fix them?

Jezebel Jones
10 days ago

We just elected a great new mayor for the county, but she won’t be able to fix all these problems. No one can. Our geology can’t support unlimited population growth. Besides, Miami going under water sooner than you think!

Anonymous
9 days ago

You appear to be really afraid right now about what may or may not happen to Miami. Why don’t you just move and avoid all the calamity that you think is going to happen?

Anonymous
9 days ago

Wow

Anonymous
10 days ago

Every building in downtown should have ground floor retail/restaurant or even office space, no more lobbies

Anonymous
10 days ago

You can have both

Anonymous
10 days ago

But if it’s built on top of a parking pedestal, you lose your mind?

Anonymous
10 days ago

Love Miami unfortunately I’m stuck in a shithole city called Tampa. With the exception of Bush Gardens Tampas got nothing on Miami

Anonymous
10 days ago

You forgot to mention that Tampa is also closer to Orlando.

Anonymous
10 days ago

Tampa is going through major developments by the owner of the Lightening. While it does not have as much growth you will start to see more as developers from down here start moving up there due to cost

Anonymous
10 days ago

There has been a lot of growth in Miami in the last 15 years but that photo doesn’t look all that staggering to me.

Anonymous
10 days ago

I don’t believe they’re showing it to knock your shoes off.

Anonymous
9 days ago

This unbridled growth is killed Biscayne Bay. I wonder how many people will pay to live next to an open sewer?

https://www.miamichamber.com/news/pollution-killing-biscayne-bay-theres-very-little-time-save-it-and-its-going-cost-lot-money

Anonymous
8 days ago

“This unbridled growth is killed Biscayne Bay”

Give some of your solutions to put a stop to unbridled growth.

Anonymous
10 days ago

❤️Marina Blue for the win❤️

Anonymous
7 days ago

Best building in town!

Jezebel Jones
10 days ago

I posted about lack of infrastructure to deal with all of the resulting raw sewage which will result from all this overdevelopment! County has NEVER been able to deal with It.
Biscayne Bay is almost dead from sewage and other pollution. Did you not see the news regarding the massive fish kill in the bay???
How many more people in all these high density projects = how much more sewage???

Anonymous
10 days ago

There are cities on this planet that are way less populated than Miami that had to deal with dead and dying fish, so that’s not an anonmoly.

Jezebel Jones
10 days ago

So it’s okay with you to continue to kill off the natural environment with lack of sustainable sewage treatment plants and add unlimited population??? How much money are you making on all this new development? Also, the person who commented about cars on the road is correct! Miami will never have adequate public transportation to deal with the projected population growth. This County has a very poor record of providing adequate infrastructure.

Anonymous
9 days ago

I guess you would rather have a governing body in Miami making decisions on who can move their and who can’t? Good luck with that. And I suggest you move outta the city or off the planet for that matter because small to tiny little towns have been dealing with things like chemicals being dumped illegally in lakes and killing aquatic life and drilling that has caused peoples well water to get undrinkable. I remember when there wasn’t a MetroRail and MetroMover system in Miami but everybody got around just fine. I remember Seagrape trees were easy to find in Miami and we used sit in the trees and eat Seagrapes for hours on end. You want perfection but a perfect Miami will never exist. The city has changed and you either deal with it or move on.

AnnaBrickell
10 days ago

http://wttc.org/News-Article/US-looks-set-to-lose-9-million-jobs-in-2020-due-to-COVID-19-and-travel-restrictions Here is the problem though, the next 3 years are dead. There is a wave of business foreclosures coming and Latam owner liquidation. Beyond that it should be great however!

Calivalle
10 days ago

Awesomeness..😊😊👍

Anonymous
3 days ago

Chicago has 7 skyscrapers under construction, Miami has 10…. which one will beat which

Anonymous
11 days ago

That’s take from Marina Blue. Best building in town!

Anonymous
11 days ago

*taken (TNM please bring back the editing option😂)

Marina Blue
11 days ago

Marina Blue is better than 900 Biscayne

Anonymous
11 days ago

That depends on how much one can afford.

Anonymous
11 days ago

900 Biscayne is not as nice as Marina Blue and the views at MB are the best in Miami.

Anonymous
11 days ago

But people still live in 900 Biscayne, so it really doesn’t matter.

Anonymous
10 days ago

People live in trailers too, so I fail to see your point.

Anonymous
10 days ago

The point is, no one who lives in 900 Biscayne is sweating about another building being better.

GatorMia
10 days ago

LOL, the inside of Marina Blue condos looks like Motel 6 compared to 900 Biscayne kitchens/interiors. Also, once that parking lot is built out in front of marina blue you will lose out on that brickell view, case closed.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Not really because the building is tilted so even if they build there, it won’t block the views. Plus I am in a corner unit so I get 180 degree views of Miami and Miami Beach.

KotP
10 days ago

Growth? Miami needs to stop, the majority of these buildings are vacant as shit yet homelessness is still an issue. Sure Miami, growth indeed

Anonymous
10 days ago

Where you live right now was once empty (that is, unless you live with your parents) until you moved there.. so what’s your point?

Anonymous
10 days ago

Que clase de come💩

Anonymous
9 days ago

SLS brickell is the best. I’m on the I95 in 5 minutes. Good food, pools and views.

Jezebel Jones
10 days ago

We will not have sufficient fresh water supply for the projected population.

Anonymous
10 days ago

Can’t wait to get back to MIA, was there for superbowl weekend earlier this year (feels like decades ago) you guys ever checked out Honey Uninhibited?

Anonymous
9 days ago

I have been a Miami resident for 10 years now and yes we are a beautiful city, but we are going to end up under the seas if global warming isn’t being taken care. Our streets get flooded just by peeing on them and our sea have gone up that u can see fish swimming in south beach streets.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Streets here have had tidal flooding issues for decades. Nice try newbie get a clue.

Anonymous
10 days ago

In order for Miami to become a thriving Metropolis, like NYC, it needs to get rid of the Cuban and Venezuelan corruption (they come here and do the same as they did in their failed countries), build a better transit system, get rid of all the strung out homeless, and begin to promote Miami and Miami Beach as a place to live (not just visit), do business (almost no major corporation would do business here because of the Spanish influence), and enjoy (I.e., parks without the constant reek of marajuana). The Miami Beach of the 70s and 80s (after the Muriel Boatlift) with all of its Bohemian low-life’s, and now street thugs, should be a thing of the past.

Anonymous
10 days ago

I gave you a “thumb up” for that post.

Anonymous
38 seconds ago

So I’m guessing there’s no corruption (Italian and Irish mafia), homelessness(LOL), people just visiting, Spanish influence(PRs, DRs, Cubans, Mexicans, Brazilians, Colombians, etc.), marijuana, bohemians, and street thugs in NYC….

Is that what you’re getting at? Hahahaha