Hello and Welcome!
My name is Felipe Azenha and I am husband, father, self-proclaimed entrepreneur and part-time blogger. I’m passionate about cities and have a lot of ideas and opinions (some of which may not be correct) about how we can make cities more livable and better for everyone.
I first started blogging in 2008 for Transit Miami and quickly caught the “blogging bug”. Transit Miami was an advocacy blog that focused on raising awareness about urban planning and transit issues in South Florida. In 2012, while still writing for Transit Miami, I decided to start my own blog. Miami Urbanist was a blog that focused on Miami real estate and through it I meet some incredible people and several opportunities came my way. Gridics, the company I co-founded, came about because of Miami Urbanist.
In 2013 my son was born and in 2015 I started Gridics, a real estate technology company that is developing a patent-pending zoning software application. With very little time on my hands, I unfortunately had to stop writing and turned my full attention to starting a family and launching a company.
I decided to start Stoic Urbanist to help me along in my journey of self-education. I want to write about my observations and reflections about living in Miami. I’ve lived in Miami for 20 years and this city has truly grown on me. I do love living in this crazy and wacky town even with all its faults.
My hope for Stoic Urbanist is to bring the best of Transit Miami and Miami Urbanist into this blog and more. I plan to focus my writing on raising civic awareness about the lack of government pro-activity and political will to make Miami a more livable city with an emphasis on urban planning, real estate and transportation.
I will also write about life, humility, dealing with douche-bags, entrepreneurship, business, sales, reading, learning and strategy.
Thank you for checking out Stoic Urbanist!
Felipe was born in Harlem (when it wasn’t trendy) and raised in the uppity NYC suburb of Rye Brook . Felipe graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations. After college, Felipe served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala for 2 years as an appropriate technology project manager. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Organizational Management degree from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. For 10 years he worked in international private banking as a relationship manager. While working full time Felipe attended the University of Miami and received a Master in Real Estate Development + Urbanism degree in May of 2012.
In October 2012, he caught the start-up bug, when he was hired by StreetEasy to lead the company’s expansion into the South Florida market. In September 2013 StreetEasy was acquired by Zillow and Felipe spent one year as senior manager of national accounts. In 2015 he co-founded Gridics, a real estate technology company that has developed a patented zoning application for municipalities and the real estate industry. Felipe is also a Global Commercial Real Estate Advisor with ONE Commercial Real Estate.
Felipe is actually happily married, to an extremely supportive woman and they have a 7-year-old-boy. The Azenha clan lives in Belle Meade, a neighborhood just north of downtown Miami, which they have been successfully helping to gentrify since 2010.
Felipe loves bicycles and in 2000 traveled over 800 miles from Guatemala to Panama. He has lived in New York City, Westchester County, London, Sao Paulo, Madrid, Denver, Boulder, Guatemala and now Miami for the past 18 years. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
He is also involved with several organizations:
- Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida
- Congress for New Urbanism
- University of Miami Real Estate and Urbanism Advisory Board
Felipe has also guest lectured at the University of Miami and Florida International University