"ybor city florida" Ybor City by doug48

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ybor city

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.

  • Last visit to Ybor City: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2010
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 4:21 AM

    Always can go for Cuban or Colombian. I'll have to go back from more than just a brewery visit!

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