For more than 25 years the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been a community destination, a nurturing home to passionate artists and performers, an educational haven, and a source of pride for employees, volunteers and patrons. The Straz Center has also been a catalyst for the redevelopment of downtown Tampa.
For 25 years the Straz Center has been waiting for a local neighborhood of urban dwellers who would further improve the arts experience in downtown Tampa by living and working within walking distance of the Straz and all of the other great institutions that have grown up alongside it.
With an estimated 6,000 residents in downtown Tampa and the Channel District, that day is upon us.
Today is a day to embrace growth in our urban core and to allow a public/private agreement that will bring more residents, increase dining and entertainment options, and realign an intersection that is currently unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists without the use of public money.
Today, the Straz Center, after 25 years, now exists in a burgeoning neighborhood that happens to be located in downtown Tampa.
As a resident of downtown Tampa and fan of the Straz Center, I strongly support this project.
TampaThe writer is Uptown Council treasurer.