NEW EXHIBIT DOCUMENTS DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY URBAN RENEWAL IN YBOR CITY

04/19/06

Founded in the late 1800's, Ybor City was once a separate city from Tampa, home to thousands of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Italy, and Germany. The chief industry was cigar making- but with mechanization, the decline of the industry and the migration to the suburbs--- YBOR City was in economic decline by the early 1960's. City officials began a program of Urban Renewal- which led to hundreds of houses being torn down. Ybor's economy didn't really recover until the 1990's.

An exhibition that opens this weekend at the Ybor City Museum documents the transformation of Ybor City during urban renewal.

Our guests are Manny Leto, outreach director for the Ybor State Museum Society, and Patrick Manteiga who is the third generation publisher of La Gaceta the trilingual newspaper that was founded to serve Ybor's immigrant community.

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