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Old May 11th, 2006, 04:11 PM   #21
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Tampa Riverwalk: will there be stuff to do there?

just curious, does the city plan on brining things to do along the riverwalk? there had better be some restaurants, shopping, etc going on along the riverwalk, otherwise its just going to be some random park created by the city that no one will use.. don't think for a second that if you build a park in downtown, people will flock.. tampa doesnt work like that. you gotta give people an excuse to blow their money in order for people to go anywhere, otherwise, its gonna be infested with hobos sleeping on city park benches... (ahhh, i can see it now... )
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Old May 11th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #22
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Well I know of one restaurant that will be on the riverwalk. Malio's, and my resaurant manager is thinking about going downtown (opening a restaurant).
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Old May 11th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #23
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I have a feeling it's going to be the downtown version of Bayshore...
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Old May 11th, 2006, 10:44 PM   #24
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I think a Cuban theme would be interesting. Aren't there more Cubans in Miami, though?
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Old May 12th, 2006, 03:37 AM   #25
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I think a Cuban theme would be interesting. Aren't there more Cubans in Miami, though?
Ya but Cubans were VERY important to Tampa. If you've ever been to Ybor City, it wouldnt exist if it werent for the Cubans.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 03:53 AM   #26
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Ya but Cubans were VERY important to Tampa. If you've ever been to Ybor City, it wouldnt exist if it werent for the Cubans.
What about the italians
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Old May 12th, 2006, 05:12 AM   #27
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Like I said previously in my last posting. Let keep ethic theme from the riverwalk or risk offending other group. Keep it simple and functional. Sometime the simplest design are the best. FloridaFutre is right that Cubans played a major roll in developing Tampa in the hay days but that is why it is in Y-Bor City and let keep it there. Design the riverwalk for Tampa of today and for the future.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 10:19 AM   #28
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That is exactly what I was saying. I said it should be something that will be more contemporary.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 10:39 AM   #29
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What do you mean by that??????
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Old May 13th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #30
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I mean a place that is used solely as a place to walk or run... like Bayshore.

People who use Bayshore don't usually use it as a means to get places, but as a public park to play in.

That's what I think about when I hear the word "Riverwalk". I think of a place where downtown residents walk their dogs or jog along and things like that. Not a San Antonio style riverwalk that is lined with restaurants and shops.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 11:10 PM   #31
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Sounds like they need to build restaurants and other stuff right on the banks. As for Malio's, they are taking a chance there. There is no guarantee that it will work out there, but if it does, then others will follow. I will go eat there just because I really liked Malio's. Their food was always great.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #32
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Riverwalk ideas

I recently had the opportunity to visit the San Antonio Riverwalk which is a great example of what a Riverwalk can be. Their Riverwalk however, has been under development since the 1930’s and is still being expanded thanks to a PROGRSSIVE city council. The San Antonio Riverwalk is planned to be a pedestrian and transportation corridor to the older neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

The Tampa Riverwalk has a long way to go. I fear that, like everyone says, it will be a downtown version of Bayshore Blvd. The renderings I have seen so far only show people walking or running. What about cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, homes, etc? It seems like this was only given lip service. There will be some of these amenities at the northern end around “The Heights” and southern end around Channelside, but what about IN downtown proper? 2.4 miles is a long way to go without a drink or break.

I believe the city should take down the old art museum and instead of creating a giant park, which no one will use, work with developers through a public/private organization to bring in hotels, condos, storefronts on the river. There would still be plenty of room for an urban park but not one that puts so much emphasis on creating a large vacant parcel with little use. As a requirement, all future riverside developments should include storefronts facing the river. This quasi-public organization would also be charged with developing the Riverwalk project as well as locating, acquiring, and developing vacant land in the downtown area and central Tampa neighborhoods.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 07:16 AM   #33
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I believe the city should take down the old art museum and instead of creating a giant park, which no one will use, work with developers through a public/private organization to bring in hotels, condos, storefronts on the river. There would still be plenty of room for an urban park but not one that puts so much emphasis on creating a large vacant parcel with little use. As a requirement, all future riverside developments should include storefronts facing the river. This quasi-public organization would also be charged with developing the Riverwalk project as well as locating, acquiring, and developing vacant land in the downtown area and central Tampa neighborhoods.
I think that would be a great idea. I have been downtown after dark and the park turns into a giant bumfest. I think there should be a development with pedestrian traffic only. Also, it should have a high-rise property.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #34
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Trump is finally completing its portion of the Tampa Riverwalk.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 08:33 PM   #35
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Trump has nothing to do with the riverwalk
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Old May 24th, 2006, 08:56 PM   #36
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Trump has nothing to do with the riverwalk
I thought part of the deal was that he had to provide a segment of riverwalk as well. In fact in renderings you can see people walking along a piece of riverwalk behind the tower.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #37
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I thought the city was doing the riverwalk. You could be right
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Old May 24th, 2006, 09:50 PM   #38
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He isn't, but Trump had to finish his part to have a continuous walk.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 09:42 PM   #39
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The city is spearheading the riverwalk project. Any developer who submits plans to build along the riverwalk will have to make a commitment to cover that portion of the project.
In other words, if you want to build here, you MUST cover this portion for the city as well as provide open access to the public.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #40
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Trump is finally completing its portion of the Tampa Riverwalk.
Are you sure? I would think that completing the Riverwalk would be the last part of the project -- landscaping and all. . .
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