I wanted to come back to this, because I think you really hit the nail on the head for this particular part of downtown.I know some of you will disagree, but I don't think height is the only thing to consider in a downtown area. Not every block needs to be a highrise. That would make the area bland and boring. I would be okay with a 5 or 6 story european style perimeter block development on the northern lot, since that would add hundreds of apartments and create an urban feel. However, I would hate to see a garage developed on the lot across the street from the Straz. In my opinion the city should buy that lot and use it as an expansion area for the Straz since Tampa should have a separate symphony hall. Both large halls in the Straz are not really made for symphny concerts.
Yep, I did much the same twice last week. I spent over an hour on two different days just driving around on virtually every street downtown.I took some time to drive up and down the downtown core yesterday evening. These lots are one of the few close enough to the water to be developed as major multi-high rise projects. Yes, other downtowns have smaller four and five story buildings in neighborhoods or as you pointed out above, "mid town". No city in it's right mind would allow such a wasted opportunity right on a major public investment in it's waterfront.
I strongly believe the city should find a way to block this proposed development or buy the land itself to preserve for future opportunities.
Driving around there last night just made my position stronger on it. The politicians should take a breather and do the same.