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.



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Florida Avenue is the main commercial corridor through Seminole Heights.


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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.


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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.




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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.


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


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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 edavis@moderncities.com


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