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Join Preserve the 'Burg Executive Director, Manny Leto, for a special Preservation Month tour of Tampa's Ybor City.
Founded in 1886, Ybor City is one of the oldest urban neighborhoods on Florida's Gulf Coast. Once home to thousands of immigrant cigar workers who created a "city within a city," Ybor was a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic enclave that defined Tampa's urban development, economy, and politics in the early 20th century.
Today, Ybor City is both a local and national Historic District, home to some of the bay area's most most iconic architecture, from cigar factories and ornately-designed immigrant social clubs to "shotgun" cottages and updated commercial storefronts.
For this special Preservation Month Road Trip, you'll get an insiders look at Ybor's history and architecture, as well as its many transitions, evolutions and challenges in the post-WWII era.
A 3rd-generation Tampa native, Manny has been involved in the Ybor City community for more than 20 years as a tour guide, community advocate, museum professional and one-time resident of the historic neighborhood.
This special tour will include local experts and exclusive access to historic buildings and locations, including a tour of the Columbia Restaurant.
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