Brickell is also a dense, high-rise residential neighborhood with many upscale, luxury condominium and apartment towers. Referred to as the “Manhattan of the South,”Brickell is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, mostly along Brickell Avenue, Brickell’s main north-south avenue and along Miami Avenue, home to many popular Miami restaurants, shops and places of entertainment, such as Mary Brickell Village. A few hundred feet east of the northeastern side of Brickell is Brickell Key, a gated island of upscale, high-rise residential and hotel towers. As of 2009, over 190,000 office employees work in Downtown and Brickell. Today, the Brickell and Downtown Miami neighborhoods are the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Miami, growing from 40,000 residents in 2000 to 71,000 in 2010. Brickell is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Brickell station and by 5 stations of the Metromover’s Brickell Loop.
As an urban and pedestrian-friendly area with an extensive public transit network, Brickell (along with Downtown, Omni, and South Beach) is one of the areas in Miami where a car-free lifestyle is commonplace. Many Brickellites get around by foot, bicycle, Metromover or by taxi. The Metromover is a popular alternative to walking in the area, especially on rainy, hot or cold days, as the Metromover is free, and stations are located roughly every two blocks throughout the area.