Quarter Of Downtown Miami Renters Don’t Have Cars

A growing number of downtown Miami’s new residents are moving in without cars.

Greg West, president of Zom, told the WSJ that 23% of residents in his company’s 2,000 downtown Miami apartments are now living without cars – less than they had anticipated.

The number of car-less residents is growing, he said.

To adapt, the developer is building new projects with up to 30% fewer parking spaces, and adding bigger driveways for car sharing services.

Some of the space in one of Zom’s under-utilized garages has been turned into a dog run.

 

zom’s 391-unit avant at met square, under construction:

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Tragedy developers keep presenting plans with monstrous parking garages at the base.

Anonymous
3 years ago

…and using the same shitty architects who don’t bother to conceal it. Hell, the Yotel project has no garage and still looks awful.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Carless for two years here. I use an electric bike and public transport to get around. No license, no insurance, no taxes, no parking, no maintenance, no tickets, no dui, nothing. Although I cannot travel 20 miles to buy a cup of coffee, I feel liberated.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Makes life easy for you.. Congrads

high rent forces you to have no car
3 years ago

name

Danny Costa
3 years ago

I like your style

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

If you can get away with not driving, it’s worth just switching to Uber. After college, my insurance was 2/3 of my car payment. Car insurance in Miami Dade is brutal enough, even more so for Brickell/Downtown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No Cars.. not even Uber in Downtown/Brickell.. must walk and take Metrorail

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ban cars downtown and Brickell

Gene
3 years ago

Why not ask Santa Claus?

Anonymous
3 years ago

If Santa wants to give you a ride, that’s allowed

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thinking outside the box!

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Ban cars downtown and Brickell”

Well I guess people like lawyers, judges, doctors, etc, who work in the downtown and Brickell area should just say “the heck with it” and get to work by Uber, bus, metrorail, bicycle, or something, huh?

Uhhhnonymous
3 years ago

Sure! Works for me.

Anonymous
3 years ago

For you and hardly anyone else in this metro area of 6 million people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wait until your downtown job craps out and you gotta drive to your new job in Miramar, and you still got 9 months left on your downtown apartment. Ban cars/no car LOL not real world

Anonymous
3 years ago

life sucks then…. spending 2+ hours of your life everyday in a car

Anonymous
3 years ago

Life sucks walking 8 blocks in work clothes or taking public transit too.

Anonymous
3 years ago

well.. walking or biking = less fat and healthier.

taking public transit means you can do other things and no wasting your time.

Laz
3 years ago

No one is this f-ing boards believe me where downtown / brickell has failed is attracting the top employers in this city. All the big employers are out in the suburbs so f u with not needing parking most people I know that live in downtown drive to work outside of it

Anonymous
3 years ago

EXACTLY…someone got it…out of the relatively few Fortune 500 companies HQed in South Florida, ZERO have their HQs in downtown Miami. They’re all in the suburbs (plus one in downtown Ft. Lauderdale). That’s virtually unheard of.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So why build more parking????

Anonymous
3 years ago

Prepare for the traffic lovers to offer their usual excuses:
No jobs downtown
No transit
Work odd hours
It’s too hot
It’s too cold
It rains
It’s sunny

Anonymous
3 years ago

All true

Anonymous
3 years ago

He makes his list of excuses that he thinks “traffic lovers” use, but I bet he has a car.

Anonymous
3 years ago

She has a car but she also rides her bike where safe routes exist.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I would love to have a reliable form of transportation be able to take be from Brickell and Downtown to Midtown and Wynwood. No, the free trolly system does not qualify has reliable/fast form of transportation. We need some sort of rail up Biscayne

Kenneth
3 years ago

Yeah, for real ?? and why all the Valet Parking Companies have waiting list in all the locations ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Think that one through, why would I drive and pay vallet if I can take an Uber or walk–this is about people who live downtown–those who use valley are commuting from the burbs

Anonymous
3 years ago

If you need a car, don’t live downtown.

Gene
3 years ago

Another brilliant observation.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Everyone on a skateboard

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah… Miami is bubbling over with astute people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

THIS IS SUCH BS!

aceraroja
3 years ago

Good. Look, just build better looking and hidden parking structures and make them with the ability to be changed to another use in the future. In the meantime, since most of the commenters here seem like “free” market zealots, can’t we agree they should let the damn market decide and remove all requirements to construct parking?

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

A big bullshit article. I lived 1 block from Roosevelt Ave 74th st station in Queens with access to every nook in NYC. I did not need a car for my job in downtown. But I would have died without a car. I had a car despite the hassle of parking it on street (No garage) and moving it for Tue and Thu Street sweeping. Now I have 2 cars in Miami. If your life only involves going to work and coming back home to sleep for the most part then yes, you can go without a car. But if you have an active lifestyle of jumping in the car on weekends and going off to the keys or Orlando or sawgrass mall or have an active nightlife, try living without a car and see where your sanity will be headed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not only that Yohan, see how fast you can get some new female you met back to your pad.

aceraroja
3 years ago

Well 20% of NYC residents have private cars so you were very much in the minority. A wonder how I didn’t “die” there for ten years without one.

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

Your priorities are different. Less NYers have cars because insurance is expensive and parking is impossible. If not for these 2 reasons, majority will own cars in NYC.

aceraroja
3 years ago

No. It’s because they absolutely do not need a car, and you know that. Insurance there is cheaper than here and parking is just as impossible half the time, and so is attempting to actually drive them so, yeah. That’s a hard no.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah that dude is full of it. I lived near the station he’s talking about (69th Street on the 7 line in Queens back in 2008) and you definitely don’t need a car there, and if for any reason you might a minority of the time, just use a cab or car service like Uber.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How appropriate would Zom turn Met Square’s under-utilized garage into a dog run, because the building looks like dog shit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well that parking garage will smell awful if they convert part of it to a dog run. The smell will also stagnate.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Underutilized garages should be used to house the homeless.

Dan
3 years ago

Stupid,foolishly Arrogant place.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Gee Dan… looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Sorry this may be the capitalist in me. If a garage is underutilized by residents, wouldn’t the developer/HOA/operator of the building be fiscally inclined to use the spots for non-residents needing short-term parking? Said every downtown HOA with valet but no extra spots, ever.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How about you take in some homeless people in your place of residence you hypocritical socialist moron.