Tampa is divided into many neighborhoods, some of them former towns and unincorporated areas swallowed up by the city’s expansion. Some of the more populous neighborhoods include Ybor City, Sulphur Springs, Hyde Park and College Hill. The Sulphur Springs Water Tower was erected during the 1920s’ building boom, along with the ornate Tampa Theatre movie palace and Davis Islands’ Mediterranean revivals. A National Historic Landmark, the Ybor City District showcases a great collection of historic structures, and many of them are nationally registered as well.
Many Tampa high-rises were built in post-modern styles, including the Tampa Museum of Art. Art Deco can be easily be found as well, with the Tampa Theatre and Tampa City Hall some of the most prominent landmarks. The city’s skyline showcases 18 buildings taller than 250 feet and 69 classed as ‘high–rises’. 100 North Tampa, formerly known as the AmSouth Building, stands as Tampa’s tallest building at 579 feet and 42 floors.
Tampa is home to 160,859 single-family homes, 4,428 multi-family properties and 31,282 condo units. There are 16,204 townhouses, 61 apartment buildings, 798 coop units and 18 other residential properties.
There are 8,072 commercial buildings, 3,548 industrial buildings and another 1,143 buildings zoned for mixed use. And with more than 11,000 vacant lots, there is still room for development.
Gandy Bridge is one of three bridges that connect Tampa Bay to Pinellas County. The Friendship Trail, a pedestrian and biking bridge, is the longest overwater recreation trail in the world. Several freeways serve the city, including two tolled freeways and three interstate highways. There are 3 airports in the greater Tampa Bay area, with Tampa International Airport the largest. Public transportation is overseen by MetroRapid and offers buses, electric streetcars and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.
Hillsborough County Public Schools is the 8th largest school district in the country and oversees public schools in Tampa. There are more than 200 schools within its system and they serve nearly 190,000 students. Another 73 charter and alternative schools expand K-12 options in the city. The University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College provide local options for higher education.
There are more than 20 hospitals in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, including four trauma centers, three hospitals nationally ranked for care in specific fields, and a number of cancer treatment centers. Noteworthy hospitals include Tampa General, Wens’s, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
The Tampa Police Department has more than 1,000 sworn police officers as well as 350+ support staff. In 2015 the FBI reported 2,298 violent crimes for Tampa’s population of 364,383.
Performing arts are popular here, with the Tampa Theatre, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the Channelside Entertainment Complex some of the go-to venues. Local stage companies include the Florida Orchestra, Jobsite Theater, Opera Tampa, the Spanish Lyric Theater and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. The Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Industry can’t be missed. Neither can the SS American Victory, a World War II ship that nowadays operates as a museum.
There is a wealth of international cuisine in Tampa and it can be found everywhere from small cafes to world-famous farm-to-table restaurants. Invented in Tampa, the Cuban sandwich was named the signature sandwich of Tampa by the city council. Food trucks are popular in the area and the city holds the record for the largest food truck rally in the world.
Maxim Magazine rated Tampa number six on its list of top party cities. Most bars are centered around specific districts, including Ybor City, Channelside and Bay Street.