Neighborhood Fights FDOT and Wins

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Riverside's battle for a more thoughtful Fuller Warren Bridge design isn't the first time a neighborhood has clashed with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). During the early 1990s, Tampa's Seminole Heights took on the FDOT and won. Here's a look at the results, 20 years later.







Florida Avenue is the main commercial corridor through Seminole Heights.


In recent years, the neighborhood has grown into a dining destination. Cappy's Pizza is a Tampa-based pizza restaurant chain that dates back to 1995.


Mauricio Faedo's Bakery is a family operated Cuban bread shop located on the same block as some of Seminole Heights' hippest restaurants. Mauricio's specializes in authentic Cuban bread, donuts and pastries.


Vintage Post Marketplace is located in an old 9,000 square foot post office on North Florida Avenue. It offers a plethora of all that is vintage, re-purposed, painted, artsy, and unique for both home décor and women’s fashion.


Looking south down Florida Avenue. Seminole Heights is located three miles north of Downtown Tampa.


US 92/Hillsborough Avenue through Seminole Heights. FDOT's original plans in the mid-1990s called for the widening of this highway into six lanes. Community activist desired the creation of a context sensitive boulevard. Eventually, the community won. 20 years later, the landscaping through Seminole Heights has matured.

Article and images by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at

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