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Downtown Tampa
—  Neighborhood  —
Downtown Tampa is located in Florida
Downtown Tampa
Location within the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°56′59″N 82°27′23″W / 27.94972°N 82.45639°W / 27.94972; -82.45639Coordinates: 27°56′59″N 82°27′23″W / 27.94972°N 82.45639°W / 27.94972; -82.45639
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
City Tampa
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID
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Downtown Tampa looking from the Hillsborough River

Downtown Tampa is the central business district of Tampa, Florida and the chief financial district of the Tampa Bay Area. It is second only to Westshore regarding employment in the area. Companies with a major presence downtown include Bank of America, Suntrust and Verizon. The Tampa Convention Center is located on the river.



Downtown Tampa is bounded by the Hillsborough River to the west, Channelside to the east, Interstate 275 to the north, Davis Islands and Harbour Island to the south. The total area for the area is 521 acres.[1] Historical Fort Brooke was located at the southern end of downtown Tampa, near the mouth of the Hillsborough River. The TECO Streetcar takes passengers from downtown to other core areas of Tampa.[2]

Municipal services

Old Tampa City Hall

Arts and culture

The downtown area contains such important cultural landmarks as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, Jobsite Theater and the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus. The UT campus itself has been recognized as a local "wonder" while the newly-completed Museum of Art deemed a work of art itself.[3][5] Zack Street in the northern half of downtown is in the works to become an art district, called "Avenue of the Arts."[4]

Channel District

Although technically downtown, Channelside is often thought to be adjacent to the main CBD. This district is the location for many prominent downtown venues. The Tampa Convention Center, St. Pete Times Forum, and the Florida Aquarium are located in the Channel District. Twin 30 story condos were completed in 2007, called the Towers at Channelside.[5] Many locals know the Channel District (often abbreviated to Channelside in local parlance) for its nightlife. The Channelside Bay Plaza, which has views of the downtown skyline, is located in the middle of the district.[6] Entrepreuners have founded companies that operate NEVs to shuttle clubgoers to/from Channelside and Tampa's other core districts: Hyde Park, SoHo, Downtown, and Ybor City.[7] [8]

Future developments

Completed section of the Riverwalk with St. Pete Times Forum in the background

The downtown area is undergoing a large transformation to be mostly completed in time for the hosting of the Super Bowl in 2009 with over 43 condo, hotel and mixed-use developments proposed/approved/under construction as of October 2005.[9] An earlier list by the city of Tampa includes large developments that have been approved and/or are under construction.[10]

Downtown is also making strides to become a 24-hour neighborhood, with many new restaurants, bars and other establishments opening in recent years. [6] [7]



Mayor Pam Iorio has championed the building of a riverwalk downtown. This would act as a park to gather next to the river, as a breezeway for downtown, as well as provide aesthetic appeal. There is also potential for the riverwalk to act as a media park.[11] Most of the riverwalk is slated for completion around 2010; as of September 2009 it is 41% complete with 100% of it seeing some progress. [8] The section of the riverwalk that was to adjoin the Trump Tower Tampa is currently being re-aligned to go behind the lot just off of the river. At its northernmost end it will snake into the Tampa Heights neighborhood. Channelside Bay Plaza is the other endpoint.[12][13] Water taxis are also being considered to service various stops along the riverwalk and the downtown area as well as further up the Hillsborough River.[14] Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park had its ribbon cutting on January 25th 2010. [9]

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