Tampa's colorful, cultural Ybor City district

Named after Vicente Martínez-Ybor, one of several Cuban cigar manufacturers who founded and developed this town, now a Tampa neighborhood just northeast of downtown, in the 1880s this was a thriving Latino immigrant community until the Great Depression when it declined almost to the point, in the 1970s, of abandonment. Since the 1980s, though, Ybor City has been designated a National Historic Landmark District and has rebounded and gentrified, with many shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, and other nightspots opening. These days, in fact, Ybor is considered one of Tampa's prime entertainment magnets.

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