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Old December 11th, 2010, 07:37 AM   #1
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Celebration, FL & Ybor City, Tampa: contrasting new & old

I had a work seminar in Tampa earlier this week and opted to fly down early to Central Florida to spend the weekend with a friend of mine in the Cocoa Beach area. On my way to Tampa on Monday, I stopped by Celebration, the master planned community created by Disney. You won't see a lot of people out & about in these photos due to the timing of my brief visit (between 10-11 am) and the unseasonably chilly temperatures (mid 40s/7C). While a master planned community may feel too fake for many on this forum, I have to say Disney did a relatively good job. The community has a central area with shops & restaurants, surrounded by 'denser' apartment buildings, condos, & townhomes, and relatively dense single family homes a little further out. The architecture of the homes was decently varied as well, helping to avoid the horrendous cookie-cutter effect. I particularly appreciated the mature trees (oh how I love Live Oaks) & lush landscaping that created more of an established community feeling. While I couldn't live in a place like this (it's no East Lakeview), I came away feeling Disney did a reasonably admirable job as far as suburban developments go.

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Into the residential areas:
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Rather than creating constant curb cuts for driveways, alleys are used for accessing garages. You can see even the alleys are perfectly manicured!
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So many beautiful live oaks lining the street/sidewalk! Did I mention I LOVE live oaks?
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Here you can see a wooded area with wooden trailways for residents to enjoy.
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Extending from the downtown shopping area to the golf course is this small waterway. Seemed like a pleasant enough place to walk along.
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Getting closer to downtown the residential transitions from single family homes back to buildings like this.
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After my brief one hour visit to Celebration, I continued on to Tampa. I managed to snap a photo of the Tampa and St. Petersburg skylines while driving, though they're not particularly good.

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I stopped in downtown St. Petersburg for a late lunch and walked around for about an hour. I only snapped a couple photos though.

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After making a drive up the coast from St. Petersburg Beach to Clearwater Beach, I headed back to Tampa to check out Ybor City. I'm glad I squeezed in the time to visit this neighborhood as it ended up being my favorite experience during my Florida visit. I loved the old brick buildings & brick streets, as well as the streetcar line. Again, due to the weather being 20+ degrees below normal, streetlife was presumably a bit subdued.

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Old December 11th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #2
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Really amazing and very nice; well done
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