Channel District is a residential neighborhood in the City of Tampa that includes an entertainment complex, just east of Downtown Tampa, Florida. It is bordered by Ybor Channel on the east and Garrison Channel on the south. Channelside is a nickname for the entertainment complex Channelside Bay Plaza, within the neighborhood that includes shops and bars, it is located next to the Florida Aquarium, American Victory Museum, Port Tampa Bay and a short stretch on the Tampa Riverwalk to the Tampa Bay History Center. Located in the district is the Amalie Arena where the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning play their home games; the Arena hosts concerts and other events. The center of the Bay Plaza has a large open court for live music, with views of the downtown skyline, cruise ships and the Port of Tampa, it houses a Sony Giant Screen theater. The TECO Streetcar has several stops in the district. NEVs are being utilized by startups to link Tampa's core neighborhoods including Channelside; the Tampa Convention Center is located adjacent to the district to the west.
Twin 30-story upscale condos Towers of Channelside were completed in 2007, with many other mid and high-rises completed since. Saint Leo University opened an adult continuing education center, called the Tampa Education Center, in the Channel District in July 2011. More shopping and entertainment is planned for the area along with an urban sports park, to be named Madison Park; the side streets away from the bay plaza are becoming the focal points of the neighborhood, featuring many new restaurants and coffee shops. The Channel District includes the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida. Starting in 2010 the Tampa Attractions Association formed a tradition of coloring the Garrison Channel green for Saint Patrick's Day. Several official Super Bowl XLIII parties featuring celebrity appearances were held in the district. Official City of Tampa Neighborhoods Channel District Legal Description. There is an inactive Neighborhood Association. Channelside Tampa Channelside District demographics page Where To Go In Channelside
Seminole Heights is a historic neighborhood and district located in central Tampa. It includes historic buildings, it was an early residential area of Tampa connected by streetcar. The area had an economic downturn in the late 20th century marked by increased crime, but has since seen a resurgence with new restaurants, brew pubs and independent businesses opening up; the neighborhood's historic homes, eclectic shops and gourmet restaurants are an increasing draw. As of the 2000 census, the district had a population of 24,567. Seminole Heights is known for its historic craftsman style bungalows from the early 20th century. Many buildings in the neighborhood existed in the early 1900s, including the Seminole Heights Methodist Church, Seminole Heights Elementary School, Broward Elementary, Hillsborough High School, St. Paul's Lutheran Church; the Seminole Heights Garden Center, a neighborhood park, is used for community events such as art festivals and picnics. Seminole Heights has the longest stretch of Riverfront parkland in the city of Tampa.
Rivercrest and several pocket parks provide access to the Hillsborough River. In recent years Seminole Heights has experienced a decrease in crime; the area is popular among young professionals and their families who are seeking an alternative to master planned communities. The area contains two designated historical districts including Hampton Terrace. In 2003, Southeast Seminole Heights was named Best Neighborhood in America by NUSA. In July 2009, This Old House magazine ranked Seminole Heights among the best places to buy an old house for: families, green thumbs and bungalows, single women homebuyers, porch sitters and the south. Overall, Seminole Heights was in the top eight of editors picks; the district has become known as a dining destination. Notable restaurant/ bars include the two-time James Beard Award nominee The Refinery, the Independent Bar & Cafe', Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe. In 2014, Seminole Heights made international headlines when a "local naturalist" sent a picture of a two headed alligator to a local newspaper, who ran the image as its cover story.
It was captured by local trappers and taxidermied for display at Ella's Folkart Cafe. The authenticity of the creature has come under question. Since the story in 2014, it has been the subject of art murals, tee-shirts and other ephemera related to the neighborhood. In 2016, the creature made news again when the community art project, Urban Art Attack, funded the building of a two headed alligator statue on Nebraska Ave. Seminole Heights was born in 1911. T. Roy Young had 40 acres to develop Tampa's first suburb three miles north of downtown, he called it Seminole Heights. Ten years earlier Tampa's population had reached 26,000. A trolley line connected Sulphur Springs to downtown making travel to the suburbs possible and inviting; the streetcar made it possible to live in one area of work in another. Young recognized this potential, his Seminole Development Corporation property encompassed a rectangle bordered by Hillsborough Avenue, Central Avenue, Wilder Avenue and Florida Avenue. The houses built here were bungalow, oriented east-to-west and started at $5,000.
Other developments followed. By 1912, the Mutual Development Company owned by Milton and Giddings Mabry and the Dekle Investment Company owned by Lee and James Dekle surveyed and platted land adjacent to Seminole Heights forming the Suwanee Heights subdivision. Bounded by Henry Avenue, Hillsborough Avenue, Central Avenue and Florida Avenue, Suwanee Heights was a restricted subdivision. Like the original Seminole Heights, houses required the same east/west orientation but started at $1,400. During the "Florida Bloom" years more development came to areas north and east of the original subdivisions. Of course, with this development came the merchants seeing an opportunity to provide welcome goods and services to the residents; some of those early businesses have faded away. However, many current Seminole Heights businesses have been open for more than 50 years. In October and November 2017, four people were shot dead in separate incidents while walking in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Police believed.
Tampa Police arrested a suspect, Howell Emanuel "Trai" Donaldson III, a McDonald's employee on Nov 28, 2017 in connection with the multiple murders. The greater Seminole Heights area has a resident population 23,141 living in 9,433 households as of 2009; the median household income is $47,817. The median age is 37; the area is projected to grow 5.89% during 2009-2014. 47 % of the population has higher. Seventy percent 70% of the homes are owner occupied. Seminole Heights consists of three distinct neighborhoods: Old Seminole Heights South Seminole Heights Southeast Seminole Heights source for population figures: The Planning Commission Schools within Seminole Heights include: Cleveland Elementary Hillsborough High School - Website Broward Elementary Edison Elementary Seminole Elementary Memorial Middle School Pepin Academies Two Headed Alligator Hampton Terrace Historic District Seminole Heights Residential District Riverside Heights Tampa Heights West Tampa South Seminole Heights Southeast Seminole Heights Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association Business Guild of Seminole Heights North East Seminole Heights Historic Seminole Heights information Hampton Terrace Historic District Seminole Heights Blog Tommy in Seminole Heights Blog My Seminole Heights Blog Information and Activities in Seminole Heights
West Tampa is one of the oldest neighborhoods within the city limits of Tampa, United States. It was an independently incorporated city from 1895 until 1925. West Tampa is located west of the Hillsborough River 1 mile from downtown; as of the 2000 census, the district had a population of 22,008. It has been home to one of the highest concentration of Latinos in the city since its founding in 1892. West Tampa was founded in 1892 by Scottish immigrant and local attorney Hugh Macfarlane, who bought 200 acres of forested land with the intention of starting a new development by luring some of the cigar factories and cigar workers from Ybor City, a successful new immigrant community on the northeast side of Tampa. West Tampa's initial growth was stunted by transportation issues; the first cigar factory built in the area was forced to close temporarily because workers refused to ride a ferry across the Hillsborough River to the "wilds" of West Tampa. Macfarlane had built a bridge and connected West Tampa to Tampa's extensive streetcar line by 1894, spurring a period of tremendous growth.
Many of these new residents had not come over from Ybor City. Accordingly, the community was exclusivity Cuban during the first several years of its existence. A gradual influx of Italians and Spaniards from Ybor City made the cultural mix of the two communities more similar over time. West Tampa was incorporated as a city in 1895 with a population of 2,335, making it the 2nd largest Hispanic community in the state. By 1900, it had more inhabitants than Florida's capital city of Tallahassee and was the second largest city in Hillsborough County, behind only Tampa; the neighboring communities combined to produce more hand-rolled cigars than any other locale in the world during the early 20th century, earning Tampa the nickname "Cigar City". The first public library in Hillsborough County, the West Tampa Free Public Library, opened on Howard Avenue in 1914. Construction of the Neo-classical revivalist style brick building was funded with a $17,500 grant from Andrew Carnegie; the West Tampa Library is still in use.
During its incorporated life, West Tampa operated the West Tampa Police Department. It was absorbed by the Tampa Police Department in 1925. One officer was killed in its short history. On July 18, 1920, Patrolman Juan Nales and another officer were walking a man they arrested to jail when the suspect attacked; the suspect fatally shot him. The suspect was subsequently convicted of murder; as the years progressed, the connections between West Tampa and Ybor City grew stronger. Most "Latins" had family and friends in both of the neighboring towns. Many people worked in the other. Ybor City's social clubs held large picnics, baseball games, other events at West Tampa's spacious MacFarlane Park; some of the clubs built elaborate branch locations for their West Tampa members, further uniting the two homogeneous districts. The boundaries between West Tampa and "Anglo Tampa" blurred as the larger city grew west and south until its suburbs bumped against the edges of West Tampa; the process concluded in 1925.
As Ybor City faded and emptied out after World War II, many of its residents moved to West Tampa, making it the largest predominantly Latin neighborhood in town. While the same factors that destroyed Ybor City's cigar industry affected West Tampa, the latter community had enough economic variety to survive when the cigar factories either became mechanized or shut down altogether. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, West Tampa received another large influx of Cuban immigrants as they fled Castro's revolution. With few jobs remaining in the cigar industry by that era, new arrivals found work in various other sectors; as of 2017, the neighborhood has many Colombian cuisine and small Cuban and Puerto Rican eateries and ethnic markets along main roads such as Columbus Drive, Armenia Avenue, Howard Avenue, Main Street, Tampa Bay Boulevard. Most of the large brick cigar factory buildings still stand, but none are still used for their original purpose; some have been renovated and remodeled for office space and other uses, while others have been vacant for years.
A few cigars are still rolled in smaller storefronts. While poverty and urban decay have been problematic issues in West Tampa since the 1970s, the district has garnered renewed interest and appreciation for its history and culture; the area saw increasing levels of investment and new construction beginning in the 2000s. Redevelopment stalled during the 2008 recession, but resumed several years with several projects including new apartments and overhaul of Julian Lane Waterfront Park, demolition of several city blocks of older public housing to be replaced with new townhome construction; the historical boundaries of West Tampa are the Hillsborough River and Rome Avenue to the east, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to the north, Kennedy Blvd. to the south, Dale Mabry Highway to the west. The West Tampa Historic District encompasses much of this area, Interstate 275, built in the 1960s, runs through the approximate center of the neighborhood; the land area of the district is about 10 square miles.
As of the census of 2000, there are 22,008 people, 9,277 households, 9,908 housing units residing in West Tampa. The racial makeup of
Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, United States, located just northeast of downtown. It was founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants from Cuba and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories rolled hundreds of millions of cigars annually. Ybor City was unique in the American South as a successful town entirely populated and owned by immigrants; the neighborhood had features unusual among contemporary communities in the south, most notably its multi-ethnic and multi-racial population and their many mutual aid societies. The cigar industry employed thousands of well-paid workers, helping Tampa grow from an economically depressed village to a bustling city in about 20 years and giving it the nickname "Cigar City". Ybor City grew and flourished from the 1890s until the Great Depression of the 1930s, when a drop in demand for fine cigars reduced the number of cigar factories and mechanization in the cigar industry reduced employment opportunities in the neighborhood.
This process accelerated after World War II, a steady exodus of residents and businesses continued until large areas of the vibrant neighborhood were abandoned by the late 1970s. Attempts at redevelopment failed until the 1980s, when an influx of artists began a slow process of gentrification. In the 1990s and early 2000s, a portion of the original neighborhood around 7th Avenue developed into a night club and entertainment district, many old buildings were renovated for new uses. Since the area's economy has diversified with more offices and residences, the population has shown notable growth for the first time in over half a century. Ybor City has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association. In 2010 Columbia Restaurant was named a "Top 50 All-American icon" by Nation's Restaurant News magazine.
In the early 1880s, Tampa was an isolated village with a population of less than 1000 and a struggling economy. However, its combination of a good port, Henry Plant's new railroad line, humid climate attracted the attention of Vicente Martinez Ybor, a prominent Spanish cigar manufacturer. Ybor had moved his cigar-making operation from Cuba to Key West, Florida, in 1869, due to political turmoil in the then-Spanish colony. But, labor unrest and the lack of room for expansion had him looking for another base of operations, preferably in his own company town. Ybor considered several communities in the southern United States and decided that an area of sandy scrubland just northeast of Tampa would be the best location. In 1885, the Tampa Board of Trade helped broker an initial purchase of 40 acres of land, Ybor bought more. Cigar making was a specialized trade, Tampa did not possess a workforce able to man the new factories. To attract employees, Ybor built hundreds of small houses for the coming influx of Cuban and Spanish cigar workers, many of whom followed him from Key West and Cuba.
Other cigar manufacturers, drawn by incentives provided by Ybor to further increase the labor pool moved in making Tampa a major cigar production center. Italians were among the early settlers of Ybor City. Most of them came from a few villages in southwestern Sicily; the villages were Santo Stefano Quisquina, Alessandria della Rocca, Bivona and Contessa Entellina. Sixty percent of them came from Santo Stefano Quisquina. Before settling in Ybor City, many first worked in the sugar cane plantations in St. Cloud, central Florida; some came by way of Louisiana. A number of families migrated from New Orleans after the lynching of eleven Italians in 1891 during the "Mafia Riot". Italians brought their entire families with them, unlike other immigrants; the foreign-born Italian population of Tampa grew from 56 in 1890 to 2,684 in 1940. Once arriving in Ybor City, Italians settled in the eastern and southern fringes of the city; the area was referred to after a Cuban rent collector in that area. It was called "Little Italy".
Unlike Cubans and Spaniards, the Italians arrived in the cigar town without cigar-making skills. When the early Italians entered the factories, it was at the bottom of the ladder, positions which did not involve handling tobacco. Working beside unskilled Cubans Afro-Cubans, they swept and hauled and were porters and doorkeepers. In time, many did become cigar workers, including Italian women; the majority of the Italian women worked as cigar strippers in 1900, an undesirable position held by women who could find nothing else. However many of them became skilled cigar makers, earning more than the male Italian cigar makers. Other Italian immigrants started small businesses built around the cigar industry, such as cafés, food stores and boardinghouses; the least known of the immigrants that came to Ybor City are the Germans, the Romanian Jews, the Chinese. The Chinese and Jews were employed in service trades and retail businesses; the Germans arrived after the 1890s, most were businessmen. In the cigar factories, they worked as managers and supervisors.
Cigar boxes were made by German-owned factories. Several early cigar box labels were made by German lithographers; the Germans formed the Deutsch Amerikanischer Verein. The club building is still standing on 11th Avenue, it contained a restaurant open to the public. In 1919, because of anti-German feelings from Wo
Westshore is a principal business district of Tampa, United States, with more than 11,000,000 square feet of commercial office space, 4,000 businesses with nearly 100,000 employees, 32 hotels, two major shopping malls and more than 200 restaurants and bars. Westshore Boulevard is the district's main thoroughfare. Although zoned for commercial use there is some residential space in the area; the NEVs that circulate people around Tampa's urban corridor areas are starting to venture to International Plaza. The Westshore Business District includes Tampa International Airport, the headquarters of OSI Restaurant Partners, One Buccaneer Place, the former team headquarters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Downtown Tampa, the main CBD of Tampa International Plaza and Bay Street, upscale mall and entertainment district adjacent to TIA Rocky Point, island neighborhood adjacent to Westshore and TIA
South Tampa is a region in the city of Tampa that includes the neighborhoods of Beach Park, Ballast Point, Bayshore Beautiful, Bayshore Gardens, Bayside West, Belmar Shore, Davis Islands, Port Tampa, Fair Oaks-Manhattan Manor, Hyde Park, New Suburb Beautiful, Virginia Park, Palma Ceia, Rattlesnake Gandy-Sun Bay South, South Westshore, parts of Sunset Park and Courier City-Oscawana. MacDill Air Force Base is included; the region represents District 4 of the Tampa City Council. The ZIP Codes serving the area are 33606, 33608, 33609, 33611, 33616, 33621, 33629 South Tampa is a region of several neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida and is located on the Interbay Peninsula, it is surrounded by Hillsborough Bay on the east and West Tampa on the north. Its main roadways include Dale Mabry Highway, U. S. Route 92, West Shore Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, Bay to Bay Boulevard, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway; the region of South Tampa is the area between Kennedy Blvd to the north and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to the south.
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Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, the 8th-most densely populated of the U. S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States; the Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth largest in the United States. If it were a country, Florida would be the 16th largest economy in the world, the 58th most populous as of 2018. In 2017, Florida's per capita personal income was ranking 26th in the nation; the unemployment rate in September 2018 was 3.5% and ranked as the 18th in the United States. Florida exports nearly $55 billion in goods made in the 8th highest among all states.
The Miami Metropolitan Area is by far the largest urban economy in Florida and the 12th largest in the United States with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017. This is more than twice the number of the next metro area, the Tampa Bay Area, which has a GDP of $145.3 billion. Florida is home to 51 of the world's billionaires with most of them residing in South Florida; the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida upon landing there in the Easter season, known in Spanish as Pascua Florida. Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845, it was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, racial segregation after the American Civil War. Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues; the state's economy relies on tourism and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century.
Florida is renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, as a popular destination for retirees. Florida is the flattest state in the United States. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U. S. state of Florida. Florida's close proximity to the ocean influences many aspects of daily life. Florida is a reflection of multiple inheritance. Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, continues to attract celebrities and athletes, it is internationally known for golf, auto racing, water sports. Several beaches in Florida have emerald-colored coastal waters. About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States 1,350 miles, not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Florida has a total of 4,510 islands; this is the second-highest number of islands of any state of the United States.
It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida has the lowest high point of any U. S. state. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south; the American alligator, American crocodile, American flamingo, Roseate spoonbill, Florida panther, bottlenose dolphin, manatee can be found in Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, is the only continental state with either a tropical climate or a coral reef; the Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world. By the 16th century, the earliest time for which there is a historical record, major Native American groups included the Apalachee of the Florida Panhandle, the Timucua of northern and central Florida, the Ais of the central Atlantic coast, the Tocobaga of the Tampa Bay area, the Calusa of southwest Florida and the Tequesta of the southeastern coast.
Florida was the first region of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans. The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513, he named the region Florida. The story that he was searching for the Fountain of Youth is mythical and only appeared long after his death. In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto skirted the coast of Florida, searching for a deep harbor to land, he described seeing a thick wall of red mangroves spread mile after mile, some reaching as high as 70 feet, with intertwined and elevated roots making landing difficult. The Spanish introduced Christianity, horses, the Castilian language, more to Florida. Spain established several settlements with varying degrees of success. In 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was abandoned by 1561.
In 1565, the settlement of St. Augustine was established under the leadership of admiral and