Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic visit to Tampa in 1961 featured a visit to the Jackson House in Tampa’s Downtown. The rooming house just a block from Union Station was Tampa’s only 24-room boarding house for African Americans during segregation.
“It was a family who decided that they were going to provide a service to Downtown Tampa at that time and the African American community that was around it,” Carolyn Collins, head of the Jackson House Foundation, Inc., explained. The foundation has raised over two million dollars for major renovations to restore the significant structure.
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The social media challenge showcased a side-by-side photo of the City of Tampa’s skyline, overlooking the Channel District and Water Street. The 2012 photo shows blocks of vacant lots. Today, towering buildings fill the space.
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Immediate past chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Kevin Plummer, spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about his love for education and his impact on Downtown’s Tampa Preparatory School.
Kevin became the Head of School in 2007 and inspires his students to “think, create, be yourself, aspire to excellence, and go beyond.”
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The new noise ordinance would ban any amplified sound after midnight in the Ybor City and Channel (or “Arena”) Districts.
It won’t go into effect, however, for six months and could be amended after the City hosts meetings with members of the community to get their input.
The Urban Excellence Awards celebrate businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects that have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa. Live from the Straz Center, this event is the place to be seen and meet those making a difference in Tampa’s Downtown.
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