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.
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.
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.
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.
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.