Photos: Pedestrian Experience At Melo’s $500M Aria On The Bay

What is it like for a pedestrian to walk past Melo Group’s newly completed 50-story Aria on the Bay condo tower?

Below are photographs of all three sides at sidewalk level.

The Arquitectonica-designed project is said to have a sell out value of $500 million. Over 90 percent of units have been pre-sold, with closings now beginning.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t understand these sidewalks. You can’t walk three people wide on a 5′ or 6′ sidewalk. Next to a massive tower the cars come first (not saying cars are bad), but the pedestrian experience is wasted. Some people like to walk to their destination and not deal with parking.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Walk to their destination from where, the airport?

Anonymous
2 years ago

You speak as if Miami were as pedestrian friendly as say NYC or Boston.. not to mention the 100 degree heat and humidity… The most people will walk in this town is 5-10 blocks and that only happens in one neighborhood.. SOBE.

Anonymous
2 years ago

last time it was 100?

The Weatherman
2 years ago

Try last time we were in the 90’s with humidity for starters…When you combine Temperature + Humidity factor it exceeds 100°.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’ll be surprised how many days out of the year the temperature reaches 100. It may not be in actual temperatures but when you factor humidity and dewpoint, we reach 100 almost everyday for 4 to 5 months consecutively and in the high 90’s for the rest of the year minus middle of November to the middle of May.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah. I was surprised. ONCE.
The temperature has reached 100 ONCE since 1895. NEVER MORE (quothe the racen).
https://miami-fl.knoji.com/10-alltime-hottest-weather-temperature-days-in-miami/

Anonymous
2 years ago

I dont understand all the hate and thumbs down on the comment made by this user when he in fact is 100% right. The only people who walk 5+ blocks daily in Miami/Miami Beach (at least for now) are tourists and yes, that only happens in South Beach. facts are facts people ?‍♂️

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s not true. People in Edgewater, Downtown, and Brickell walk all the time. I live in Edgewater and walk to the grocery store, bank, dry cleaners, etc.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m sure your walks dont exceed 8 blocks at most..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sometimes. Because all those things are indeed fewer than 8 blocks from my building. But not always. I do walk to places in Midtown and Wynwood, and those are twice as far at least. And don’t get me wrong. In the summer it’s extremely hot and I’m not crazy about doing this in the middle of the day. But I will walk twenty blocks in the evening with no problem. (And if they would plant more shade trees along Biscayne Boulevard it would help a lot.)

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mine do. From Brickell to Heat games…all along the waterfront. its great!

Gringo
2 years ago

I walk through Brickell, all year round, …love it…yes it gets hot, but there is alot of shade which makes a huge difference. .

Anonymous
2 years ago

i walk my dogs around three times a day – and the sidewalks are too small to pass one pedestrian with a dog on one of the skinny sidewalks without pushing one or the other into landscaping.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Funny, I didn’t know sidewalks were created with “dogs” in mind?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lose some weight… that will help.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Priority is not given to sidewalks, it goes to expanding 836, the Palmetto, the Turnpike and I-75 which is where the majority of the population is concentrated.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s true. At rush hour it seems everyone in Miami-Dade is in their car on the expressways.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

I agree. I’ve never understood this. It would be nice to walk but Miami is too spread out and too hot to really walk anywhere. You first have to drive to a place like Brickell or South Beach, park the car, and THEN walk around. Unless you are lucky enough to live in one of these urban places (I live in the burbs) you can’t really walk. I walk everywhere when in NYC or San Fransisco or Paris/Rome/London. But I just can’t do it here. No way.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Do you walk in the burbs there too? Lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

When you visit those places, do you stay in the suburbs? Or when you visit those places, are you attracted to their best, most walkable neighborhoods?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not true, just check out brickell

Anonymous
2 years ago

That is absolutely not true. I lived in South Beach from 2006-2016 and I walked every day. I had the pleasure of working on the beach too, but I walked home from work (a 20 minute walk from the convention center area to Lenox and 15th). My walk was substantially longer than five blocks, and wasn’t that bad if I stuck to the shadier routes. What we need are sidewalks wide enough to accommodate foot traffic (even South Beach can work on that) and tree canopy to shade the sidewalks. As long as there is shade, it is comfortable enough. Have you walked around New York, Chicago, or DC in the summer? It’s hot too. The difference is the infrastructure is there to make the walk more enjoyable. It’s a matter of built environment, not climate, and if anybody can build something out of nothing it’s the Magic City.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe you’d like to walk to Publix from your condo? Some people don’t enjoy driving down 12 floors of parking to drive two blocks to pick up chocolate chip cookies at 9pm!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Completely correct, it’s absurd to have these narrow sidewalks in front of 40 story towers, these are sidewalks designed for a low density suburban area. It’s just basic urban design.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So, you live in one of these 40 story towers?

Anonymous
2 years ago

You don’t have to live in building to have an informed opnion on basic urban design and pedestrian principles.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I love walking on slopped side walks.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Really?.. well, go ahead, tell us some other meaningless things you “love” to do?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The shade in this article… I live

Market Urbanist
2 years ago

I picked up on that too, because the pedestrian experience is not great. Same issue as with the SLS Lux, sidewalks way too narrow for the urban core. Although the blank walls don’t look great either, I understand the elevation is to mitigate storm surge.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I feel like we would be good friends IRL lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

I just walked by SLS Lux and BCC today and was thinking about how great the experience was, and noticing the great number people walking up and down S. Miami Ave.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful design and the neighborhood is even better! Nicely done Melo…wish I could afford it! One day…

marc
2 years ago

Any commercial space on the ground floor?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who are you asking?

Anonymous
2 years ago

What would go there? Seriously, not everything requires commercial space on the ground level, especially with Biscayne Boulevard minutes away on foot.

Anonymous
2 years ago

those are some skinny sidewalks with no bike paths for being next to a building of that size.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well too bad… It was built within the Miami 21 Zoning code, it’s legal and it is what it is. Quit complaining.

marc
2 years ago

Well sidewalks aren’t really meant for bicycles but for pedestrians.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Marc is correct. Sidewalks are NOT meant for bicyclists. Dude up here should pedal his way south to Homestead where he wont complain about narrow sidewalks…

Anonymous
2 years ago

The problem in Miami is not only the narrow sidewalks but the rudeness of the people !!!
Try to walk in a sidewalk and if a couple are coming towards you, they don’t separate and walk on straight line for few steps, sometimes you have to get on the grass or on the street like when I walk on Brickell Key bridge!!!
Miami has the worst educated and impolite people… drivers, people that walk their dogs and don’t pickup their crap, idiotic parents that don’t use the seatbelts when driving with their kids, bikers that ask for respect from the drivers but don’t respect red lights ( saturdays and sundays at Key Biscayne entrance), etc etc

Paris and New York have the reputation but I lived in both cities and that’s not real, Miami should be the one
And for the ones that will suggest for me to move… I will do it as soon as my work contract is over

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami held the number one ranking for being the most rudest city in the U.S. for a few years. Miami is still ranked up there for being one of the rudest cities in the USA., so you’re not wrong.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well. if you two hate it that much do us all a favor a MOVE out. Gracias!

Anonymous
2 years ago

We don’t hate it. We just consider it’s the rudest city and your rude comment proves we are right ?
Btw read the last paragraph of my comment and you see I’m leaving when my contract is over
Thank you, Gracias,merci beaucoup !

Anonymous
2 years ago

MF, I was born in Miami in 1955. I remember when the very day they started work on I-95. My family tree goes back into the 1800’s and further in Florida. Why don’t you do us all a favor and go back to the country you came from… Gracias!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

What does your pedigree have to do with this persons experience?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nothing! His pedigree ( my ? dog has one too) does not help in proving my point that this person is the typical example of how rude are people in Miami ,?
And… you think ? that calling someone MF you are not rude

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t sent away the people that make constructive criticism about your city, try to make it a better place and start by not using offensive terms like “MF”
?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you for shopping! Please tell your French friends about us!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Melo District

Tony
2 years ago

Has anyone actually closed? I have called and emailed Greenberg Traurig and nothing – they dont even respond to my request to close immediately – only pay 1.5 cash so I must be unimportant

Anonymous
2 years ago

I heard some closing dates have been set, but for the week starting the 14th.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Cheap railing

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well, if I bought a unit in this building like you did, I would complain about the railing too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Did we all forget the last 7 months of nice weather where people were seen… YES walking everywhere. I do know that SoBe isn’t the only place people walk, Wynnwood, Midtown, Design District to name a few. Last statement before I get down from my soapbox – let’s keep calm on replies, no one posting on here is an expert in anything so keep calm and post/reply on!

BDub
2 years ago

Those sidewalks are more than adequate for the amount of foot traffic there currently, unfortunately.
They will likely still be adequate once all of those units are occupied.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Get over the sidewalks thing ppl. I’m sure if you live in the area and wanna walk around. you will walk on the park right in front of the building. I live and work on edgewater. If we run into another pedestrian in the area. You just move aside or are force to interact with other ppl. Ugh. Annoying never pleased ppl. Smh

Anonymous
2 years ago

And if the sidewalks were wider people would complain about the lack of green.