Remaking a blighted neighborhood

The redevelopment proposed for [tag]Tampa’s Central Park Village[/tag] is not as ambitious as the two plans that collapsed in the last two years. Still, it would raze the horrid public housing project and put 1,300 people into better housing. It also would begin the remake of a blighted neighborhood on the northeast gateway to downtown.

Central Park is important, but it’s also just a piece of the picture. Commissioners should focus on the larger opportunity to rebuild an entire community between downtown and [tag]Ybor City[/tag]. This is the last major chunk of undeveloped real estate between a fast-growing downtown, bustling [tag]Channelside[/tag] and the Ybor entertainment district.

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