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Urban Removal: Ybor City Before & After Urban Renewal

Posted in Today on Saturday, January 15, 2011. Written by Emanuel Leto

Urban Removal: Ybor City Before & After Urban Renewal

Urban Removal: Ybor City Before & After Urban Renewal, provides a cautionary tale about what can happen when we ignore and devalue the places that make us unique.

The Biggest Hit!

Posted in History on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Written by Scott M. Deitche

The Biggest Hit!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It’s also been about 50 years since the first echoes of conspiracy began circling around the killing. With the release of the Warren Commission report in September of 1964, charges of cover-ups and withholding information about the case began in earnest. To this day, the JFK Assassination is one of the most debated events of the 20th century, spawning hundreds of books, thousands of articles, and a number of movies and television shows.


Horror In Ybor City

Posted in People on Thursday, January 20, 2011.

The Victor Licata Murders

Victor Licata, aka The Dream Slayer

The home looked like something out of a modern day horror flick. Just hours before, sadistic acts turned this once peaceful home into hell on earth.

Tampa Mafia Takeover Of The ‘Burg’

Posted in History on Friday, September 26, 2014. Written by Scott M. Deitche

Tampa Mafia  Takeover Of The ‘Burg’

When bolita kingpin Charlie Williams was killed in Ybor City in February of 1953, it was the end of a local control of the bolita rackets in the ‘burg. While Williams was able to grow his business with little influence from Tampa at first, he started working more and more with wiseguys from across the Bay. 

Welcome to Cuban Sandwich City

Posted in Food on Wednesday, March 07, 2012. Written by Andy Huse

Welcome to Cuban Sandwich City

Beginning in 1886, immigrants from Spain, Italy, and Cuba fled poverty and warfare to seek new lives in Tampa. The tumultuous cigar industry provided some shocks of its own. Violence, strikes and work stoppages in the cigar factories reminded all how tough things could be on a regular basis. An erratic cycle of feast and famine continued in Ybor City for fifty years. The Cuban sandwich rose in popularity during the 1920s, when electric sandwich presses and toasters became more common. During the Great Depression, the filling sandwiches served as a Latin-flavored equivalent of New Orleans' "Po' Boy."

The Art of the Cigar Label

Posted in History on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Written by Emanuel Leto

Tampa's Colorful Cigar Labels are More Than Just Pretty Pictures

The Art of the Cigar Label

Cigar labels, whether adorned by an attractive woman or a famous writer, are among the earliest forms of popular advertising, illustrating the country's shift from an industrial economy to one based on consumer goods. The cigar labels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are also particularly rich in symbolic imagery and are often "windows to the past," depicting contemporary events, celebrities, and social life.