Ybor City holds a unique place as Florida’s “first industrial town” in the state’s social and economical history. The founding of this community in 1886 was based on what turned out to be a very shrewd business decision by Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor to move his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa. This was at a time when points south were literally Indian Territory.
This historic area [Ybor] is located just northeast of downtown Tampa. Rich in latin-infused culture and heritage, it was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. Ybor City is unique among contemporary immigrant communities in the southern United States, most notably due to its multi-ethnic and multi-racial population and their many mutual aid societies.
A slow exodus out of the area that began during the Great Depression accelerated after World War II, leading to a period of abandonment and decay. After decades of neglect, a portion of the original neighborhood has redeveloped into a night club and entertainment district.
One of the five campuses of Hillsborough Community College is located in the heart of the Ybor City. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City has several structures in the area listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. In 2010 the Columbia Restaurant was named a "Top 50 All-American icon" by Nation's Restaurant News magazine.
For more information about Ybor City http://www.ybor.org/
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