When Tampa applies for the World Cup bid to host the international
soccer championships, it will use information from a national-funded
report that will improve Tampa's progress on urban design, linking its
neighborhoods more closely to its urban core and creating more unique
public places that give Tampa a flavor all its own.
The Urban Charrette
, a group of young architects, planners, and design and urban
specialists, in collaboration with the city of Tampa, The Hillsborough
County Planning Commission, and the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects
, was awarded a Sustainable Design Assessment
Team grant from the national Institute in 2008.
The grant led
to "Connecting Tampa
," a report that focuses on improving the
neighborhood planning process to reshape public spaces, reconnecting neighborhoods to downtown and creating a sense of place. The group
recently released the results of its report.
has been facilitating conversations on how design can be used as a tool
to increase the social, economic and environmental well-being of a
community. Transit, both commuter and high-speed rail, is also seen as
an urban planning tool in the Tampa Bay region and has been gaining
momentum among businesses and government officials. Tampa's downtown
riverwalk project is another example.
The Sustainable Design
report said Tampa was "doing a good job," designing neighborhoods,
commercial centers and recreation, but needs to improve its planning
process. It is another step in the right direction in improving
downtown and the neighborhoods around it, said Kimberly Finn, director
of programming for the Tampa Downtown Partnership
, an organization that
promotes downtown.Dave Szymanski, a Tampa-based journalist, likes running 5ks, other sports and writing poetry. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees