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Old 07-14-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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ok let me clear things up. The suburbs of chicago offer more things to do than "downtown" Tampa, channelside, ybor or hyde park combined. Although we live in the nice suburbs here, we spend a majority of our time where things are supposedly "happening". For example, I went to the Taste of Pinellas last month. What a piece of crap. If I knew it was going to be tailored to cowboy boot/hat wearing country music folk, I wouldn't have ever wasted my time going there. Not to mention, the a majority of the food tents there were chain restaurants. If I wanted to go to Hungry Howie's or Perkins, I would just drive down the street. Not much mom/pop or independent anything here. Another example, my wife and I bought a small watersports boat and motorcycles to maybe drive some social networking with those our age with similar interest. Didnt work either.

And yes there are SOME young people here, not very many. ThethinkTank, please enlighten me on where all these young people are. Maybe you can help me to enjoy this place. And don't include downtown, ybor, channelside or soho/hyde park area.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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ThethinkTank, please enlighten me on where all these young people are. Maybe you can help me to enjoy this place. And don't include downtown, ybor, channelside or soho/hyde park area.
Sure, no sweat. I'll do that as long as you reply without using vowels.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Sure, no sweat. I'll do that as long as you reply without using vowels.

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Old 07-14-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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Tampa is not Chicago and the two have nothing in common (including mass transit). Our city is very small compared to the surrounding counties. Urban sprawl and strip malls mostly. There are a few areas with a mile or so of bars, restaurants & shopping, but there's nothing here like you will find on Michigan Ave or Wacker Drive. SORRY! If I were your age and working near Rocky Pointe, I think I'd want to live closer to the gulf beaches and enjoy what the area has to offer instead of looking for what you're used to here. That said, all the areas you mentioned in your original post have their positive and negative qualities. Hopefully you'll get some time ahead of the job start to explore each area and decide what is going to fit in with your lifestyle.

P.S. In addition to the places on your list, there are several highrises on Bayshore Blvd in Tampa that you should also drive by. Not a lot going on in the area (other than jog, bike, blade), but great views and close enough to your work and the entertainment and sporting events in downtown Tampa.

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Old 07-14-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Here's the thing-- I think your assertion that this is "definately not a 20 (or 30) something state by any means" is both wrong and quite irresponsible. I'm not saying this to be mean or put you down, only that it misrepresents Tampa in a negative light to prospective immigrants-- and is roundly untrue.

The city of Tampa is roughly 1/10th the size of the city of Chicago in terms of population. Thereby, it's fair to assume that Tampa will feature less neighborhoods and their individual populations to be less than their Chicago counterparts.

I lived in the city of Chicago for 8 years, and began my first year as a Floridian back in May. My experiences in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and the demographic within it are almost identical to that of SoHo and Hyde Park. Mid-to-late 20s and early 30s in SoHo, early 30s to young families and beyond in Hyde Park.

Up and down South Howard, through Palma Ceia and Hyde Park, there are a LOT of indie, locally-owned restaurants, bars and lounges. Their clientele are primarily 20s and 30s locals. Head to Daily Eats on a Saturday morning and, after waiting an hour to get a seat, you'll find yourself surrounded by the young crowd you say is non-existent. Head to MacDintons on a Friday night, you'll find the same. Head over to Datz Deli on a Thursday afternoon for a noon lunch, yet again-- more of the same.

I don't understand how anyone could begin to suggest that greater SoHo is not entirely occupied by a young crowd. It goes entirely against all of my experiences in this neighborhood, day-in and day-out.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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Me and my fiance are also from Chicago (Well Palatine but Chicago is close enough) and when we went down to Tampa to look at places to live we saw several people in mid to late 20's and even some of the local bar's hangouts we went to in Ybor, SoHo/Hyde had people our age having a good time. We weren't even trying to look for people either.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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For the past 2 years, I must have been just missing these crowds of people. Just went to MacDintons over the past few weeks because it was listed as one of the best "soccer" bars in the Tampa Bay area. Again, sorely dissapointed with the emptiness especially during the World Cup. Here's another, I am obsessed with music, especially Alternative/Hard Rock. I play drums as a hobby. I have looked on forums for musicians to jam out with and network with here. Evidently, thats not very popular. I even have gone to concerts at the State Theater in St Pete to see some amazing mainstream bands (Breaking Benjamin, Red, Evans Blue etc) and only 30 people show up. In Chicago, small venues like this (Metro, Riv, HOB) would be bursting at the seams.

Basically everything you listed I have been there and done that, beyond that there is not much else this town has to offer. I understand that I may "have an answer" for everything, but I am a realist and my statements are very accurate.

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Old 07-16-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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Just went to MacDintons over the past few weeks because it was listed as one of the best "soccer" bars in the Tampa Bay area. Again, sorely dissapointed with the emptiness especially during the World Cup.
We must be talking about a different MacDintons. I was there two weeks ago-- they had the lot next door roped off with a sound system, a bunch of outdoor TVs, a mini soccer field for pick-up play during the game, the bar was PACKED and there were people all over the street.

Soccer isn't my thing, nor is MacDintons really, but man... this must be the case of a parallel universe.
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