Hyde Park (Tampa)

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Hyde Park
Neighborhood
Hyde Park is located in Florida
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Location within the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°56′13″N 82°28′32″W / 27.93694°N 82.47556°W / 27.93694; -82.47556Coordinates: 27°56′13″N 82°28′32″W / 27.93694°N 82.47556°W / 27.93694; -82.47556
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
City Tampa
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33606

Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood and district located within the city limits of Tampa. It includes Bayshore Boulevard, Hyde Park Village and SoHo. The ZIP code for the district is 33606. Hyde Park includes many historic homes and bungalows. Its proximity to downtown Tampa had made it a desirable residential neighborhood.

Description[edit]

Hyde Park is located adjacent to the University of Tampa and Downtown. Roughly, the boundaries of the neighborhood include the Hillsborough Bay to the east, Kennedy Blvd to the north, historic and picturesque Bayshore Boulevard to the east and south, and Armenia Avenue to the west. Major thoroughfares within the historical district include Kennedy Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (SR 618), Howard Avenue, and Swann Avenue. Recently, entrepreuners have started small companies utilizing NEVs to shuttle pedestrians from the area to other core districts such as Downtown and Ybor City, as an attempt to facilitate connection between Tampa's core neighborhoods.[1][2]

The neighborhood history begins back in the 1880s when railroad financier Henry B. Plant built the first bridge across the Hillsborough River at Lafayette Street (now John F. Kennedy Blvd.) The first house in the neighborhood was built by James Watrous in 1882 at 1307 Morrison Ave.[3] Growth occurred rapidly and a street car line was put in on Swann Ave and Rome Ave.[4] This is the reason for the wideness of the two streets, while most in the neighborhood are much narrower. The area where Old Hyde Park Village is today was originally called Cork Ave. Dakota Ave., Cork Ave., and Inman Ave. all intersected near where the British pay phone sits today.[5] The only portion left of Cork Ave. today is called Snow Ave.

Bayshore Boulevard[edit]

Bayshore marks the eastern boundary of the neighborhood. The street is known for its scenic, gently curving greenway and views of the water and skyline. It holds the record as the world's longest sidewalk.[1][dead link]

Hyde Park Village[edit]

Upscale shopping district located among several city and residential blocks. The approximate center is at the intersection of Swann and Rome Avenues just a few blocks east of SoHo. High-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes are some offerings of the area.[2]

SoHo[edit]

Multi-faceted entertainment district in the middle of the neighborhood. Many of the region's top-rated bars, nightclubs, boutiques and restaurants are in this district.[3] It begins at Howard Avenue south of Kennedy Boulevard and terminates at Bayshore. Its name is derived factually since the district centers around South Howard Avenue.

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