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Old 11-16-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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When you said HOOD, do you mean lots of low income blacks?
I mean ghetto. Low income, criminals, race neutral... Drive through the area and you can get an idea of the type of people who live there
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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South of Kennedy and North of Gandy, but how far east and west should one stay?

What's between South of Kennedy and North of Gandy? Bars, restaurants, parks, clubs, coffee shops, book stores?
SoHo (South Howard) is the place to go for bars and restaurants. It's essentially Tampa's strip for good entertainment (before I get pounced- Ybor is fun but it's trashy). A great concentration of bars and restaurants that will keep you busy. There's also Hyde Park Village (A ritzy shopping center with good dining and a few bars), Channelside, downtown, and scattered good restaurants and bars within Palma Ceia and surrounding neighborhoods. Plus the commute to base is unbeatable!

In answer to your question- bars, restaurants, parks, clubs, coffee shops, and book stores are all South of Kennedy and North of Gandy. I would narrow it down to East of MacDill Ave. to Bayshore Blvd., personally. There's stuff to do in the Westshore district, but when you live in Hyde Park, why leave?

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Old 11-16-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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I get the impression that most of you have never been south of Gandy.

South of Gandy, especially between MacDill Ave and Manhattan is not a very nice area, gets bad quick. Old houses and bad neighborgoods, and anything South of Interbay, forget about it... except the blocks bordering Bayshore. Old Port Tampa, which is technically South Tampa, is straight up HOOD...
Agreed. If you would read my post more clearly, you would see that I was referring to south of Kennedy and north of Gandy (more on that in a bit).

Port Tampa has popped up a lot of housing developments in the area right outside of the base. Just north of these developments, it does get seedy. I wouldn't live there due to its lack of entertainment options, but hood? That's a bit of an exaggeration. But if you're talking about the Oklahoma-Dale Mabry area, I wouldn't live there at all.

South Tampa is colloquially considered south of Kennedy and north of Gandy and focuses on the Hyde Park, Palma Ceia, etc. neighborhoods. The SOG (colloquially not part of "south Tampa" but techincally in south Tampa) is reserved for everything south of Gandy and has a bad connotation. Although the closer to Bayshore one goes, the better.

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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There is public housing SOG and you can check to see how the crime rate is there, however I have relatives who live off of Dale Mabry/Okla and they have no problems since most of the ppl have lived on the street since the 60s. The houses are tiny as a rule too.

Even Port Tampa has some pocket of nice new homes now. It is an OLD area and run down in parts but it is not all bad. I have a friend who just fixed up a really old historic home in Port Tampa.

I agree with Crazy on this one. You need to drive around the area to see if you are interested.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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You can drive around the SOG and look for decent areas, or you can devote your energy to the Hyde Park area and be fine. If you choose to go to the SOG, the closer you get to Bayshore, the better. Aside from that, there are pockets of homes but based on your previous posts and interests, your quality of life will be better in the Hyde Park area.
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