East Tampa

Life in East Tampa looks like many other neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay Area in that people can be seen walking to the neighborhood store and sitting on front porches talking with friends while kids ride motorized scooters on backstreets away from traffic.

The area has come a long way from just two decades ago when East Tampa -- a collection of neighborhoods that include Belmont Heights, Jackson Heights, and College Hill -- was known solely for poverty, public housing, and negative headlines.

Today East Tampa has made strides with public infrastructure and private investments in affordable housing and small businesses. But it remains touched by some tough, intractable problems related to poverty.

That's why 83 Degrees Media is teaming up with instructors and students at USF's Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications to help lift up solutions and solution makers by telling some of the stories of talent and innovation that are coming together in East Tampa to lead change. The 6-month-long storytelling project is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation to the Solutions Journalism Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

As Coretta Scott King once said, "It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are indeed part of the problem.''  

For Good Among the people included in the legacy wall honoring Chloe Coney are the late civil rights hero John Lewis; and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.

Legacy wall honors longtime change agent Chloe Coney

Feature Story Volunteers pick up debris in front of Donna Cooper’s home in the Grant Park neighborhood of East Tampa.

Neighbors pitch in to clean up East Tampa yard by yard, block by block

Feature Story The tour stops at an area called The Scrub during the late 1860-1880s. The scrub-palmetto landscape, later known as Central Park Village, housed the families of African-American domestic workers, factory workers, skilled laborers, and their families.

Photo story: Central Avenue walking tour