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Redevelopments are Tampa’s New Staple

Companies need to stop constructing apartments and start rebuilding communities
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Photo Dirk Shadd, Tampa Bay Times
Photo of the outside of Westshore Plaza showing Old Navy and PF Changs.

As a resident of South of Gandy for 16 years, I’ve witnessed countless redevelopments within my community and surrounding area but never in all those years has it been a significant issue up until a couple years ago.

Many residents of not only SOG, but all of Tampa have been firsthand witnesses to the overbuild of apartment buildings and unnecessary shopping centers, creating a wave of overpopulation in the Tampa area and a rise in anger from native residents. Over the past few years Tampa has had a big ‘Move Here’ sign as it’s one of the fastest growing cities in America, with an area population of 3,009,000. That is a 1.07% increase from 2023 according to an article on macrotrends.com about the Tampa Metro Area Population over the years.

As of currently, there is speculation that the 1960s mall Westshore Plaza on Westshore and Kennedy will receive a makeover as well as a south Tampa staple, Britton Plaza on Dale Mabry Hwy. With these speculations floating there has been an uprise in anger from locals, me included. Although I don’t live in the area any longer, I attend my school in the area on the daily and reside in the area often making me all the more passionate about these redevelopments. Seeing an area where I used to live become unrecognizable within the same year feels like history erasing.

These redevelopments only cause a continued increase of people in the area. While Tampa is an amazing city to live in, there are too many people here. These redevelopments aren’t only killing history, but breaking communities along with it. This issue is becoming more familiar within the area and is known as gentrification. Gentrification is the process in which a poor urban area is changed by wealthier people moving in, improving housing, and attracting new businesses, typically displacing current inhabitants in the process. With these new developments, nine times out of ten they come with an array of overpriced apartments. This ultimately raises the cost of living in the surrounding area which, leads to inevitable displacement of citizens and their families. People who once were struggling to afford rent have no choice but to move. This has happened countless times already in the area, just recently with the building of Midtown a few years back and the issue only continuing to worsen.

In an article by WFTS Tampa Bay from 2022, it’s described that historically black and ethnic neighborhoods are struggling to keep afloat in the sea of gentrification that Tampa faces.

“It is even pricier in historically black neighborhoods like Tampa Heights where Realtor.com lists the average on the market at half a million dollars,” the article stated.

It’s heartbreaking to see such staples of a community go away, and while I understand it’s all in the name of making it better, I feel as if they’re doing the opposite. These companies do what they want for the dollar signs and don’t take into consideration the effects their actions.

Hopefully, the speculations remain speculations. If not, it’s heartbreaking to see these iconic Tampa locations go and be destroyed.

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Yesenia Rosario
Yesenia Rosario, News & Features Editor
Yesenia Rosario is a junior at Robinson and the News & Features Editor of  Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and her first year as an editor.  Rosario has a deep fondness for the community that journalism has built for her, leading her to return to the staff for a second year.  "What brings me back is the community and the work, it’s very great. It’s very easy but fun at the same time," Rosario said.  Although busy with her academics, Rosario manages to find time for hobbies; she especially enjoys baking and being with friends. Rosario also appreciates a wide variety of media, particularly the essence of Jordan Peele's movies. Currently, “Coraline” is ranked as one of her favorite movies due to its more dark and irreverent tone.  “It's not that I don't lean over any other genres of movies, it's just that I think that thrillers and creepy movies have you on the edge of your seat more, they could be more interesting," Rosario said. "More can be done with a lesser timeframe, rather than like two-hour movies, and though they're good, they're pretty lengthy, so I think that horror and thriller movies have so much content in a short amount of time." Being a movie and music enthusiast, her favorite section to write is A&E. She often finds herself gravitating towards sections that allow her to editorialize.  “I prefer writing album reviews over any other, because it's something I enjoy writing about and giving my opinion on and it gives me a reason to listen to music for fun, rather than having to write lengthy feature stories or any informative story that aren't as fun to write," Rosario said.  Rosario hopes that her love for writing will continue to play a role in her future, even after high school. “One of the reasons I like journalism is that you’re able to choose and write about what you’d like and I think that’s pretty cool," Rosario said.  Profile by (Jordan De La Cruz)
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