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  1. April 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    I have to say that it is with great pleasure I read your blog. I have been in commercial real estate in Tampa for over 20 years developing office buildings around the region and distribution centers that were connected with the Port of Tampa. I have been very active in our community chairing different non profits and commercial real estate associations. I find your comments excellent and well thought out. Thanks for blogging!!!

  2. June 29, 2012 3:54 PM

    It would be great if you could add an RSS feed to this site. Thank you!

  3. August 18, 2012 7:59 AM

    I ran across your blog while searching for news related to the renovation of the Floridan, and I’m glad I did. My family and I moved to Tampa 3 years ago from a large city. While we knew Tampa’s dynamic and vibe are not “big city”, we were surprised at how devoid it (at least downtown) was of restaurants, coffee houses, shopping, etc.. We’ve been really happy to see the increase in new restaurants, the addition of 2 Kahwa coffee houses, and, most recently, the renovation of the Floridan and the cosmetic improvements thansk to the RNC (detractors aside…). Downtown Tampa has a long way to go to become “urbane”, but it’s on the right path.

  4. Bud Wills permalink
    September 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    I typically read the same articles on which Tampasphere comments, and frequently have the same reaction/opinions. Tampasphere should be required reading for all local political bodies, chamber of commerce members, and every local high-level executive.

  5. Blaine Wills permalink
    December 15, 2012 11:00 AM

    It’s refreshing to see opinions that reflect a strategic vision for this city, unlike what has existed to date. Please keep up the good work; our politicians on both side of the bay could learn quite a lot from this blog.

  6. July 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    Hi TampaSphere. Thank you for adding your (unfortunately anonymous) voice to the dialogue that attempts to shape what’s next in Tampa. I appreciate that you are sharing stories from 83 Degrees Media, including the most recent on new grants that help improve storefronts in downtown Tampa. For your readers who would like to know more, please add an attribution to 83 Degrees Media ( and link to the rest of the story. Here is the proper link:
    Thanks so much and best wishes,
    Diane Egner
    83 Degrees Media

    • July 17, 2013 9:50 AM

      Thanks for the comment, and thanks for your work. Just so you know, every quote in the blog is hyperlinked to its source unless the source is not online – in which case we will tell you where we got the information. On the off chance we forget to do so, please let us know.

  7. August 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    I have been reading this blog for a relatively short time, but find it one of the few voices – even when it is critical of me – that is determined to change the economic landscape of Tampa Bay. Bravo! We can plan ourselves until blue in the face – its time to act. Keep blogging away – we need your voice – whomever you are.

  8. November 8, 2013 5:59 PM

    I have been reading your blog since 2011 and I look forward to what I believe is relatively unbiased commentary. I am a serial entrepreneur in the tech industry who relocated here in 2000 and witnessed significant change over the past few years but we have a long way to go. I continue to see us make the same mistakes again and again. Tampa has the opportunity to be a great city, we have so much to offer and so many bight people but to be that city we must make real change or we will be left behind. Please know that those of us who want a thriving community, to see the heritage of this great city preserved and the urban density required to propel us forward support your calling it like you see it!

  9. Pam Kittredge permalink
    April 18, 2014 11:46 PM

    Thank you so much for writing this blog you are so right on. You need a bigger platform, if you’ll run for office I’ll be your campaign manager, you rock!!!!

  10. Roman Tuero permalink
    November 8, 2014 11:06 AM

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the insightful work you share. I live in Austin and am planning to move to tampa in the near future. Honestly, what you write scares me to death as I know I’ll miss Austin immensely, and I fear tampa doesn’t offer the things that I want in a city. Whoever you are, I wish you’d run for office because that would give me the some calm knowing that there was better direction for the community. Anyway, I’m rambling. Thanks and I look forward to next weeks journal…

  11. ward permalink
    November 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    If Tampa can get a rail system it would be a great opportunity to try to get the Olympics here. What better area to have the Olympic than the Tampa bay area. Three majors cities with plenty to do. A rail system is much needed for the Tampa bay area. It would bring more business, more convention, more people which would generate more money and it would connect the whole Tampa area and make the city a whole.

  12. Laura Lawson permalink
    September 13, 2018 11:30 PM

    I think you should have covered the Upper Tampa Bay Trail issue. It’s both about transportation and development.

  13. Elizabeth Corwin permalink
    May 11, 2020 11:08 AM

    On Bayshore Blvd., there is no reason emergency vehicles couldn’t still access Bayshore Blvd., using closed-off lanes, even if other vehicles are banned. This might even help emergency vehicles get where they are going faster.

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