Friday, March 21, 2008

Dilapidated Building Renovated

3003 N Nebraska Avenue
This building is owned by Deeper Life Ministries.  Time will tell what ends up here.  The improvement of this building is a step forward for this section of Nebraska.

Dilapidated Building Demolished

2802-2808 N Nebraska Avenue.

Fortunately, the structure(s) on this block have been demolished.  Hopefully the owners will (a)remove the debris in a timely fashion and (b) not build a pawn shop.  If you have any information, please let us know.  I will keep this updated as I learn more.

Mystery Building?

1301 E Columbus Drive.
This building is still listed with the FL Department of Transportation.  Do you know anything about it?  Please comment if you do.

El Progresso de Ybor Grocery

Located at 1001 E Columbus Drive & 2603 N 10th Street.  Historically, the grocery store was on the first floor, while the family lived on the second floor.  The second building, on 10th, was used for storage and built twenty years after the grocery store.  For City of Tampa information on the buildings, click here

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Electronic Trash Day!

City of Tampa is holding a special day to safely dispose of chemicals and electronics.  
April 26th, 9:00AM - 2:00 PM at 4010 W Spruce Street.
Click here for the COT posting.
Click here for more info.

What they'll take:
  • Paints and solvents
  • Used motor oil
  • Automotive products
  • Pool chemicals
  • Mercury containing devices such as florescent light bulbs and thermometers
  • Lawn, garden and household chemicals
  • Electronics, including monitors, printers, CPUs, keyboards, and televisions

More Free Parking in Ybor City

The City of Tampa announced that they will begin removing on-street meters and create more free two-hour parking spaces.  For more information, click here for the COT statement.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Heights Call for Articles: April 1, 2008

It’s that time again!

Have your writings (and photography) considered for publication in the mid-May/mid-July issue of New Heights Magazine by emailing them to by Tues., April 1, 2008.

Complete guidelines can be found HERE.


Friday, March 7, 2008

VM Ybor - Wikipedia Entry

Just found this entry. Does anyone have anything to add? I can work on updating it, if there is info to submit.,_Tampa,_Florida

V.M. Ybor, Tampa, Florida
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This article is about a residential neighborhood. For the historic district to the south, please see Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.
V.M. Ybor is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2000 census the neighborhood had a population of 3,010. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33602, 33603, and 33605. The neighborhood is located just north of the historic Ybor City.
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 See also
4 External links

[edit] Geography
V.M. Ybor boundaries are Ybor City to the south, 26th Avenue to the north, East Tampa to the east, and Interstate 275 to the west. [1]

[edit] Demographics
Source: Hillsborough County Atlas
As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,010 people and 1,043 households residing in the neighborhood. The population density was 7,236/mi². The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 38% White, 45% African American, 1% Native American, 1% Asian, 12% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42% of the population.
There were 1,043 households out of which 36% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31% were married couples living together, 25% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8% were non-families. 31% of all households were made up of individuals.
In the neighborhood the population was spread out with 31% under the age of 18, 23% from 18 to 34, 19% from 35 to 49, 9% from 50 to 64, and 17% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males.
The per capita income for the neighborhood was $10,086. About 42% of the population were below the poverty line, 43% of those are under the age of 18.

[edit] See also
Neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida

[edit] External links
V. M. Ybor Neighborhood Association & Crimewatch
VM Ybor City Homes / Neighborhood Info
Ybor City Neighborhood Resources
V.M. Ybor, Tampa, Florida is at coordinates 27°58′15″N 82°26′50″W / 27.9708843, -82.4471207 (V.M. Ybor, Tampa, Florida)Coordinates: 27°58′15″N 82°26′50″W / 27.9708843, -82.4471207 (V.M. Ybor, Tampa, Florida)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Creative Loafing's Fix It Now

Creative Loafing has come up with a list of the ten worst issues facing Tampa, and ways to combat them.  Although this project has just started, there are plenty of resources to get any concern citizen started on a course of action.  

Illegal Apartment at Code Enforcement Hearing

910 E 25th Avenue has an illegal second floor apartment.  Pete Johnson informed me that the owner must go to a code enforcement hearing this morning about this property.  The owner will most likely have to either convert the home back to a single family residence or apply for a variance or PD zoning as did the next door neighbor at 908 E 25th Ave.  I will keep everyone posted in case we need support in shutting this apartment down.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

VM Ybor - Part of the Urban Corridor

We encourage stories from and about VM Ybor. People, places and events ...

Video Link:

By: Jennifer Howe

Tampa, Florida - The Tampa Heights neighborhood was established back in the 1880's and sits just north of downtown. It is experiencing a re-development now as the city's newest, oldest suburb.

Gene Howes is a documentary filmmaker who has spent a lot of time walking these streets, photographing the unique architecture.

"I love this area,” said Howes. “I love the diversity of it. I love the history of it, and so it's fantastic to be a part of what's going on."

He's now contributing to a new magazine dedicated to the people of Tampa, Seminole and Riverside Heights.

We met the editor of "New Heights Magazine” at the old Tampa Fire House #5. Jay McGee started the magazine after realizing how many stories could be told about the neighborhoods and what they've accomplished.

Jay said, "What I could do was kind of act as a facilitator for all these neighborhoods by creating a magazine that talks about, not necessarily what we all need, but what we all have."

He wants to write about history to preserve it. The old fire house, for example, is about to get a face lift. A Tampa man is turning it into an art gallery.

"We have this future vision of what we'd like it to be, but we don't want to get rid of the past," said Jay McGee.

He has drawn on the memories of the people who live here. They are the authors and photographers who have filled the pages of new heights with stories.

People like Gene Howes who finds beauty in these old streets.

"It just needs to be noticed, and I think that's what the magazine will do," said Gene.