E-Scooters: A Tale of Two Cities

  E-scooters are ridden and parked in restricted areas of Tampa’s Riverwalk and Ybor City (above).   By Jim Bleyer For the under-30 zealots who enjoy the free-wheeling e-scooter culture in Tampa’s urban core, it is the best of times.  For seniors, the disabled, children, and strollers confined to the …

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New Law Paves Way for Increased E-Scooter Safety Amid Concerns

  Scooters confined to special lanes found much safer than sidewalk usage. By Jim Bleyer Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of a bill greenlighting e-scooters in bicycle lanes will mitigate certain safety concerns and issues with the elderly, disabled, and toddlers that populate Florida’s urban sidewalks. The new law, along with …

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Those Cute, Pesky E-Scooters: Amenity or Menace?

    By Jim Bleyer It’s been a rocky road for electric scooters. Embraced by many American cities, including Tampa, the dockless, shareable two-wheelers have experienced mounting injuries, many serious.  Initial enthusiasm has been replaced with a healthy dose of reality. Sure they’re cute, cheap, and offer Millennials a downtown …

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Carlson Harbors Big Ambitions for Tampa

  By Jim Bleyer Don’t be deceived by Bill Carlson’s calm demeanor.  The rookie city councilman’s passion for Tampa runs wide, deep, and beyond his avid penchant for a good cigar. Along with enthusiasm for all things Tampeño, Carlson brings to City Hall a world view, willingness to explore and …

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Wheels Come Off Hillsborough Transit Planning

      By Dr. Jim Davison Hillsborough County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization has concocted an impractical transit scheme that involves tearing down 10 miles of Interstate-275 in favor of a boulevard concept, a plan ranked last by a survey of Tampa Bay citizens. The unfathomable concept attempts to shoehorn a …

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Wanted: Better Choices for Tampa Mayor

By Jim Bleyer I feel like Commissioner Gordon who resorts to sending up the bat signal in times of distress. And I’ve got plenty of company. The six candidates who have declared to run in 2019 for mayor of Tampa just cannot be the best a city of 385,000 has …

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Sternberg’s Best Bet: Las Vegas

  By Jim Bleyer After decades of being shaken down by sports franchises, their billionaire owners, and professional sports leagues, sensible cities are refusing to pay subsidies to keep or lure a professional sports team. There is one exception: Las Vegas.  It appears to be the most likely destination for …

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Call Them What They Really Are: “The Reform Generation”

  By Jim Bleyer The generation, born from 2000 to the present, is known by sociologists as “The New Silents” or “Gen Z.” Thoughtless. Insulting, Inaccurate. This is the generation that has challenged pay-for-play politicians, confronted their socially unconscious elders, and sparked a mini-revolution.  Media coverage of its activism over …

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San Diego Didn’t Fall for Shady Stadium Deal; Will Tampa?

  By Jim Bleyer Fifteen months ago the people and politicians of a major American city stood up to protect their region’s economic health and integrity by rejecting a shakedown from a billionaire owner of a big-league sports franchise. But the citizens of San Diego had three major advantages over …

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