E-ARCHITECT — JULY 14, 2020 — BY ADRIAN WELCH Nestled among palm trees, sunny Coral Gables has long enjoyed a reputation as being a favorite destination for native Floridians looking for an immersive experience, and out-of-town guests alike. Evolving through time to meet increasing consumer demands, resident desires, and population growth, Coral Gables’ infrastructure has expanded to include a robust Downtown section.
With ongoing development of desirable urban living, local amenities for residents, and commercial spaces to drive growing industry, Downtown Coral Gables has enjoyed continued expansion, including the famed Miracle Mile. According to leading Florida-based commercial real estate developer, Stephen Bittel, who has witnessed the evolution of Coral Gables throughout his 40 year career, these innovative expansions are proof of the power of urban retail, and the hyper-local “live-work-play” community type.
What Is Miracle Mile?
Spanning through a half-mile stretch of Coral Way (between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road), Miracle Mile acts as the quintessential connector throughout Downtown Coral Gables’ central business district, leading to the landmark Coral Gables City Hall. With access via roadways, and through the Miami metrorail and subsequent trolley, accessibility has allowed for this hub to become one of Southern Florida’s most coveted shopping destinations.