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Tampa: city scenes

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Tampa is Florida's 3rd largest city with a population of 315,000. The "Cigar City" was the cigar manufacturing capitol of the world during before the 1930's.

The vacant Floridian Hotel was Tampa's tallest building for over 50 years.

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Tampa Street

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The Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa)

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Florida Avenue

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Lykes Square

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Franklin Street was once the main street in the city. In the 1970's it was converted into a pedestrian mall, then all the businesses closed up. Now the city is in the process of reopening the street to automobile traffic to encourage redevelopment in the largely decayed, but historic area. Here are a couple of pics along Franklin.

looking south along Franklin

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Phase two of the streetcar system will go down Franklin

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Unforunately the vacant Maas Brothers Department Store is now scheduled for demolition, as soon as the money becomes available

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The restored Tampa Theater on Franklin

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7th Street in Ybor City, the epicenter of the early cigar industry

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Harbor Island was an industrial wasteland, 10 years ago

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shotgun homes in West Tampa

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SoHo, or South Howard Avenue, is the home to many new urban developments

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The downtown skyline from Davis Island

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The skyline from the Channel Warehouse District

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