Massive Waterfront Investment 'Reinvents' Tampa

After decades of planning, the city hopes several huge developments will draw millenials and empty-nesters.
June 25, 2018, 12pm PDT | Katharine Jose
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At Curbed, Patrick Sisson writes about what’s happening to the formerly "underutilized, underappreciated, and unattractive" neighborhoods that make up the Tampa waterfront.

Today, Tampa’s waterfront is a magnet for investment: The city’s downtown has become the locus of a wave of construction projects that will bring an estimated $13 billion on investment to the Tampa region through 2022, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

The city's intentionally New Urbanist redesign is meant to stitch together disconnected attractions and residential areas with parks and other "shoreline destinations."

[Developer James] Nozar has compared all the activity in the once-overlooked urban core as filing in a hole in a doughnut. But it can also be seen as a zipper: The new downtown core, as well as the development heading north along the Hillsborough River, will ideally pull together the neighborhoods on the east and west of the waterway.


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Published on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Curbed
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