In Miami, People Are Choosing To Live Downtown While Working In The Suburbs, Creating A Reverse Traffic Commute

For decades, traffic heading into downtown Miami built up in the morning, made up of suburb dwellers heading into their city office.

Lately, traffic building into downtown Miami (particularly Brickell) seems to be more and more of a regular occurrence in the evening, at the end of the work day.

Brickell is now the second most densely populated area in the United States, and continues to grow in popularity as a place to live. That means there may be many residents who choose to live in the city, but commute to the suburbs – something that is likely unique in the U.S.

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Anonymous

Tell me about. I’m one of those with a reverse commute. We need more offices in downtown and brickell.

Anonymous

What? You don’t want to work out in Doral or Miramar?

Anonymous

Or they could actually work on proper public transit to the suburbs

Michael

In order for transit to suburbs to be feasible, the areas around stations have to be dense and pedestrian-oriented mixed use. Few suburban areas are like that.

Anonymous

“We” need this…”We” need that…

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weakmen. And, weak men create hard times.” – Michael Kopf

Anonymous

There’ll be a change in the weather
And a change in the scene
How is that?
I’m gonna start wearin’ leather
And change my routine – Mark Knopfler

Anonymous

I used to live in Ives Dairy and work in Brickell. I went from a 2 bedroom to a Studio for the same price and loved my decision because now I walk to work. If for some reason my job was to move to the suburbs, I would move within two blocks from that job. Words cannot express how awesome it is not be stuck in traffic for minutes or god forbid hours on end. Walking to work, in my opinion, is the truest sign of success.

Anonymous

It’s absolutely the best situation you can have.

Anonymous

Tell me, besides walking to work, what are some of the other things in or about Brickell you enjoy?

Thinking about moving there so that’s why I ask.

Miami 305 forever

Oh no, run. Brickell is void of jobs, nightlife, restaurants, and community. Everyone goes outside their condos and right back up after work. There are garbage, overpriced coffee shops and gyms. The area is a ghost town after 6pm with only cars of commuters going home to the suburbs or returning home. It’s a lifeless area and it’s got dog poop everywhere, mixed in with homeless poo every few weeks.

Anonymous

Hmmmm… anybody got another opinion?

Anonymous

You are so wrong!

Brickelista

I live here and no. I eat out 4 times a week. I live at the sls we have a lot of young people here 24 to 40 that party a lot. I’ve met a lot of foreigners and people that hang out and mostly weekday nights. Weekend gets really crazy. Every thing is expensive but really fun. A lot of us go down stairs at night to eat.

Anonymous

A lot of young people at the SLS. Mostly trust fund kids from outside the US. Those 24 year old could not afford the place on their own. Just a few professionals.

Crockett N. Tubbs

This is a ridiculous comment. I have never seen poop (dog or human) on the sidewalk and I’ve worked in Brickell for close to 10 years. Over that time, it’s become more and more lively on nights and weekends. We’re even seeing tourists come to Brickell and spend their whole vacation here. I had dinner last night at Hutong, a great new restaurant with 4 locations around the world. In addition, with Brickell City Centre, there’s now a movie theater as well as plenty of additional restaurants and shopping options. It’s a great area for live/work.

Sakfive

PROS: After work I normally go for a walk to Brickell Key which is very nice (+ good people watching). I’m 1 block away from Publix, Equinox, Massage Envy, Brickell City Centre, Raw Juce, La Sandwicherie, etc, not to mention Latin Cafe, Starbucks and Shake Shack which are 3 blocks away. Btw, Chipotle and Ojo de Agua are planned to open soon! Have a Tesla M3 and charge once a week at the Supercharger at Brickell City Centre for $12+$4 parking. Love the view from condo (city/water) specially at nights. CONS: It seems that people keep giving money to homeless, b/c I’ve noticed more and more in the past 2 years. Dog poop everywhere, and the smell of dog pee in lots of areas in particular 9th St by Brickell Heights is becoming a concern.

MeMe

Totally agree. Great place to live. Love, love, love dogs but the urine smell is nasty and wish dog walkers would keep their dogs on a leash vs letting them run off to poop so they don’t have to pick it up!

Anonymous

If you live in Brickell, you have to have money or be South American. That simple. If you don’t have resources, that spot is definitely not for you. I can agree that a LOT of people around the area have dogs, and some may not pick up after them. However, depending on what part of Brickell you live in, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do, though most will require a fee. Transit in and out of there is difficult if you own a vehicle, but easier if you can navigate the metro mover and rail system. HOWEVER, a LOT of people commute this way, so that train gets packed, and is kind of unreliable. The trolley does service north and south, but like all motor vehicles, it won’t get very far during rush hour. It often feels like Brickell was never meant to be a living area, but more of a tourist trap, since the roads are narrow and the buildings are very bunched up.

Having said that, I wish you the best in your future endeavor.

Anonymous

Contact me I’ll will help with the move and answer your Brickell questions

Optimist

Eventually offices follow where people want to live. The city of Miami has a bright future.

Anonymous

A Mass Transportation System is needed ASAP

Anonymous

A NETWORK of mass transportation systems is needed.

Anonymous

Too late.
City was let go run wild to outer-suburban sprawl. No system can sustain or justify the madness.

Anonymous

To serve what purpose?
They’ll build another line, spend billions and then companies move to suburbs on land far, far, very far away with no transit infrastructure. Isn’t that what has already happened?

Anonymous

Solution – commuter rail (Coastal Link) + more office towers.

Anonymous

Yeah man.. coastal link will get you everywhere.

Geez you really need to get a clue.

Anonymous

The prob with that is these offices are in suburbs, suburbs that have offices spread thru out their cities. Soo let’s say you build a link to doral, doral is spread, your office might be by international mall, or by palmetto. If you work in Miramar you might work by the stadium or you might work out west. A better solution is keeping these suburbs from turning into large cities. Every town in Sofl wants to have a downtown, with higher density. Keep the density by the transit lines and once that is properly developed work on new lines.

Anonymous

but you are forgetting this is Miami aka Caracas this is not properly planned or developed and corrupt so it ain’t gonna happen

Anonymous

Caracas has/had? a functional subway system.

Anonymous

This is not unique to Miami. This has been going on for years in San Francisco. Many choosing to live in the city to commute to their jobs in Silicon Valley- Palo Alto, Redwood City, etc. Company van pools from the city date back to the 1990’s.

Anonymous

I did that in the 80’s – lived in SF, commuted to Santa Clara on I280, “ the world’s most beautiful freeway.”

Optimist

It is beautiful, for a freeway.

Anonymous

There is also a good number of people that commute out of Manhattan to White Plains,NY, Stamford & Greenwich, CT and to cities in northern New Jersey.

Anonymous

Yeah i’m one of those people, I work in Sunrise but live in Midtown.

Anonymous

Wow… living in Miami is awesome but is it worth the commute…

Anonymous

It is, I take i75 and then 119th street and then I95 or 7th Ave to get home. Only 40 minutes.

Anonymous

*if no crashes

Anonymous

Barely any crashes on i75 and I take the express lanes thus avoiding if they’re any.

Anonymous

Home in 40 minutes as long as it doesn’t rain or there hasn’t been an accident.

Anonymous

People are disliking my drive for no reason

Anonymous

I’m not criticizing you at all, I just find it funny developers think building a “downtown” in west sunrise will solve the solution when in reality, ppl that want to live in a downtown aren’t but going to live out west. I have a friend just like you. She works in Weston but lives in Miami.

Anonymous

what is awesome about living in miami?

Anonymous

the big booty women……

Anonymous

You will reconsider after having to sit where one sat on a train.

Anonymous

Exactly, 40 inches and up.

Anonymous

What about other big attributes?

Anonymous

all good too!.. bring em on…..

Anonymous

why? that’s bonkers

Anonymous

“Brickell is now the most second densely populated area in the United States”
Disregarding the typo, I’d love to know where TNM got that from.

Anonymous

I pressed X for doubt on that comment.

Anonymous

They at least fixed the typo

Anonymous

What sucks is so many downtown workers live in the suburbs. I’ve connected with countless women on Tinder only to discover they live in Kendall or Doral. I hate having to drive for weekend hookups.

Anonymous

you must be an chad to get tinder matches.

Laz

what i have always F-ing said all the top employers in Miami are in the suburbs except 1. Dont give the crap of the brickell offices of foreign banks they have liek 10 people in them. Miami needed to get the major employers into downtown.

Anonymous

And you need to learn how to properly write a sentence and spell.

Anonymous

You don’t start an sentence with and you incel

Anonymous

Um, what?

Anonymous

and you need to give your name p*ssy

Miami 305

You’re not lying about those empty banks. And the streets are shredded apart with measly landscaping efforts. I live in Brickell and see empty floors of parking lots. Maybe 5 restaurants, 3 of which are Cuban cafeterias serving slop that no out-of-towner wants.

Anonymous

Totally

Anonymous

But Miamians love their cars and getting stuck on the Palmetto…

Anonymous

Beats being stuck on an Metromover train with broken AC and bums playing with themselves. Or worse yet, the bus.

Anonymous

we need more Chase bank branches

Anonymous

What for? One isn’t enough?

Anonymous

we need more Chinese restaurants.

Anonymous

That is so spot on. Bring on the dim sum and dumplings……

Anonymous

General Tao’s chicken.. mmmmmm…..

Anonymous

Bring on the virgin boy egg soup.

Anonymous

Probably coming from Doral or Miramar.
Corporate America Headquarters of South Florida.
Exponential growth of the county where there is no infrastructure.
Go figure!!!!!

Anonymous

it’s called cheap rent

Anonymous

Doral is hardly cheap

Anonymous

We need more parking garages for the reverse commuters.

Anonymous

we need more Chase bank branches

Anonymous

We need more fried chicken joints.

Anonymous

actually we dont have enough

Anonymous

Downtown Miami, turning into the hot spot it should’ve always been.

Anonymous

Really?
Send me a postcard

Anonymous

Okay, but it might take a while for it to get to you in Alaska.

POLO

LIVE WHERE YOU WORK PEOPLE!!

Anonymous

Tell that to my paycheck…

Anonymous

I tried that.. money don’t care, it’s always jumping out my pockets.

Anonymous

Large offices are in the suburbs and i’m 29 without kids. I don’t want to buy an four bedroom house in the suburbs yet so I choose to work in the suburbs and live in midtown.

Anonymous

Most offices in downtown and brickell are county jobs, law related and some financial. I’m in tech.

Anonymous

Where’s tech located?

Anonymous

Miramar

Anonymous

Find them a Good job where they live

Anonymous

Who are you to tell people where to live?

Anonymous

I have always reverse commuted and while traffic is definitely worse during winter with the tourists its never that bad. I’ve worked by Blue Lagoon, Wynwood and now North Miami and its taken me a max of 25 mins to get home. Always traveling against traffic is the best thing you can do. You at least never have to deal with bumper to bumper traffic.
Also like someone else said this isn’t that strange, this is a decently common circumstance now a days especially for younger people who want to live in the center of the city. Not all jobs can be in downtown centers so commutes to places, some that realistically will never have mass transit will always be a thing.

Anonymous

Of course, but TNM has learned to write stories for the Least Common Denominator among the citizenry.
TNM knows that their average (and below average) readers want door to door public transportation (from home to work AND to South Beach)….and not the kind that has stairs you have to climb up and down.

Anonymous

It is a millennial trend.
Generally, people do not want all the issues of home ownership and maintenance. They want to go home and everything is done for them and they pick their packages up at the front desk.
Also, mellenials like to live in the action where they walk out the door and can go for dinner every night and clubbing and bar hopping with no driving. Downtowns offer more of this type lifestyle. That is why many people live downtown and commute to jobs in the suburbs these days.

Not Gene

You have not one data source cited. I highly doubt Brickell is the second densest in the US. What part of Brickell? Just a zip code? Just a census block? What year of population data was used to derive this dense claim? And where is the origin-destination data from? How do you know for a fact people are living in Brickell and commuting “to the suburbs” more? This is a heaping pile of garbage post.

Anonymous

Just stop coming to Miami simple go to Broward county instead and build overthere

Anonymous

Live downtown and work near Aventura.

Anonymous

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Brickelista

A lot of the people that live in brickell dont work a regular job

Adelfa

Wow, development in Miami has not been organic at all…now people live in downtown but many work in the suburbs…? Whats wrong with our town? We moved the suburbs population to downtown but we didn’t grow in jobs and transportation in downtown. Shame on our city planners and leaders!!

Anonymous

Maybe paying more attention to the local elections is a good place to start.

Anonymous

Please…..pretty please…stop using the phrase organic development.

Miami is an amazing city that is highly sought after. The population continues increase. Mainly with more and more accomplished people. In 1955, Florida wasnt even in the top 15 of most populous states, in just 60 years, Florida surpassed NY to become the 3rd most populous.
Miami leads the way.

Miami is much better now than 10 years ago. 20 years ago. 30 years ago. And 40 years ago.

Anonymous

“The population continues increase. Mainly with more and more accomplished people”

You mean, more and more hispanics.

Anonymous

Hispanics can be accomplished, you know

Anonymous

Ay papi si
Que rico…

Anonymous

And if the current trend continues, it may not be as good a place to live or work or visit in 5 or 10 tears. Traffic is strangling South Florida.

Anonymous

And stop saying “We”.