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ybor city was founded in 1885 by vicente ybor, tampa's first cigar manufacturer. ybor laid out the town plan and sold lots to other cigar manufacturers. by the turn of the 20th century ybor city was a very prosperous part of tampa. italian and jewish immigrants moved to ybor city to open businesses to support the cigar industry. in 1929 ybor's tabaquero's (cigar rollers) produced 500 million hand made cigars. two historic events began the decline of ybor city, the great depression of the 1930's greatly reduced the demand for cigars and in the 1940's most of tampa's male population was involved in WWII. after the war solders returned to ybor city to find work but most of the factories had closed. from the 1950's to the 1970's ybor city was a blighted area with a high crime rate. in the 1980's the gentrification of ybor city began. because of low property values at the time developers began to rebuild the area. today the area around 7th ave. is now an upscale part of tampa. when in the tampa area ybor city is worth a visit.
7th and 8th aves. in ybor city is the tourist and night life center of town. 7th ave. is lined with restaurants, cigar... more travel advice
gaspar's grotto is one a many bars and night clubs on 7th ave. in ybor city. gaspar's is famous for it's rum selection.... more travel advice
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