South Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard offers the longest continuous sidewalk in the world for walkers, joggers, and sight-seers and is the parade route for the annual Gasparilla festival. The Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway brings commuters into Downtown Tampa while the Gandy Bridge is a quick way to get to Saint Petersburg across Tampa Bay. South Dale Mabry Highway is the main thoroughfare in South Tampa and is the hub for any type of shopping you can imagine. MacDill Air Force Base is located at the southern tip of the South Tampa peninsula.
Tampa International Airport, Westshore Mall, and International Plaza Mall are all within 15 minute drives north of South Tampa.
While 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 Boulevard. to the north, historic and picturesque Bayshore Boulevard to the east and south, and Armenia Avenue to the west.
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. Growth occurred rapidly and a street car line was put in on Swann Ave and Rome Ave.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. The only portion left of Cork Ave. today is called Snow Ave.
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