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View Poll Results: Is Tampa really that much better than Orlando?
Yes 31 54.39%
No 26 45.61%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-20-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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In doing my research of the Tampa bay area, I was a bit surprised to find the many people area saying that St. Pete is "better" then Tampa. Really? I always thought Tampa was the clear winner. Please tell me more about why St. Pete is becoming or as always been better then Tampa.
Downtown St-Pete is better. It's livelier, has a nicer waterfront, has nicer architecture...
The majority of St-Pete is definitely not better than Tampa. Most of it is rough/ghetto.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Places you dream of
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no
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Downtown Tampa is far behind downtown St. Pete, but once Tampa's downtown catches up, St. Pete will have nothing left for people to brag about over Tampa. Aside from the downtown sliver, St. Pete is pretty awful.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Downtown Tampa is far behind downtown St. Pete, but once Tampa's downtown catches up, St. Pete will have nothing left for people to brag about over Tampa. Aside from the downtown sliver, St. Pete is pretty awful.
I can second the bolded.

Downtown St-Pete will always have an advantage over Tampa, and that's the fact that it's actually on Tampa Bay. The waterfront there is much nicer than that of Channel District...
That said, I look forward to seeing what they do with Channelside.
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Florda
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I've read that Vinik has a billion dollar plan for Channelside. How is that going? Is it actually happening? What is the current status of the project?
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:06 PM
 
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I've done a pretty extensive search and it seems as though every time Orlando and Tampa go head to head Tampa comes out on top, why is this and is Tampa really that much better than Orlando?

Which city feels newer, has better weather, a better job market, better traffic, and lower COL?
explain in your "extensive" search how Tampa comes out ahead of Orlando?

Ever been to TIA at 2 am...dead Orlando international still buzzing at 2am

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I can second the bolded.

Downtown St-Pete will always have an advantage over Tampa, and that's the fact that it's actually on Tampa Bay. The waterfront there is much nicer than that of Channel District...
That said, I look forward to seeing what they do with Channelside.
I guess thats an advantage, until the big one finally flushes this place clean...

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Old 07-21-2015, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Wanted to chime in on this since I grew up in Orlando lived in miami for a awhile and now settled in Tampa. I prefer Orlando but got a job in Tampa and since married here. Orlando feels like a cleaner city probably being its newer. Orlando is the same distance to beach as many Tampa people. 45 minute drive for me to gulf beaches and I'm not on the outskirts of tampa. Orlando has nicer lakes and springs if you like that stuff. Orlando has better shopping and entertainment. Party wise I think the cities are the same but tampa is known for better adult entertainment. Traffic is worse in Orlando because of the tourist but they actually put their heads together and got a commuter rail. Tampa is better if you bay views and water sports. I think Tampa may have more jobs but I only compared them when we were deep in the recession. I think housing options are cheaper in Tampa. I don't think you can go wrong in either city but in the core of Tampa it's older and may seem dirtier to some. But it's called character and I like it now!! This is a perspective from a married 34 old male that has traveled outside the country quite a few times. Orlando is a more international but tampa is diverse. Strokes for different folks, right!
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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I've read that Vinik has a billion dollar plan for Channelside. How is that going? Is it actually happening? What is the current status of the project?
Nothing much yet, he has plenty of plans but let me put it this way. Anyone who doesnt think Vinik is in it for the MONEY is fooling themselves. He doesnt give a crap about Tampa or its people, he is trying to get paid. If what he is doing isnt working and he starts losing cash on projects in tampa and has a chance to flee, he will. Same happened in 2008 and thats when channel side started taking a dump when these "investors" dipped out. Trump actually was going to put is name on the channelside towers and backed out at the last minute. Smart move from him becuase soon thereafter, the crash happened and bums ended up squatting in them.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Of course he's making money. He's not stupid. But he has put a lot of his own money into the Lightning, and genuinely wants downtown to flourish.

I'm not aware of any broken ground on the project thus far, but I do know that USF's Morsani College of Medicine was greenlighted in the state budget and will be relocated to downtown.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere
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Tampa(Hillsborough county) no, Pinellas county maybe.
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