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Lakeland’s historic downtown has seen a surge of new restaurants, with six opening in the last year alone.

There’s now dining or bar seating for an additional 1,500 customers in the area bordering Munn Park. That density of restaurants, with a variety of options, is good for business, said Julie Townsend, executive director of Lakeland Downtown Development Authority.

Dalia Colón / WUSF

Walking into the Tampa Theatre is like stepping back in time to a 1920s movie palace. But there's one feature about the downtown Tampa gem that will no longer be ancient: the picture and sound quality. WUSF's Dalia Colon stopped by Tampa Theatre on the night of its digital debut.

On a dreary Tuesday evening, David Camacho stood in line outside the Tampa Theatre with his son, Alex, and Alex's best friend, Michael Liang, both 9.

They were waiting for a screening of the art film Samsara, which the Tampa Theatre showed for free in honor of its digital debut. From here on out, the 1926 movie house will screen all films in digital picture and sound, with the exception of films only available in the old format.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

From October to May, the Downtown Tampa Partnership's "Do the Local Motion!" program holds theme walks that take people around the heart of the city. Coordinator Vicki Anzalone says at noon, every other Friday, people are encouraged to skip lunch and learn more about Tampa.

“We believe that there’s so much history here in the downtown corridor, and we’ve seen every walk we’ve had, people that have lived here for years have said, ‘Wow, I never knew that!’" said Anzalone.

But this month, they’ve brought in some experts—graduate students from USF Professor Barbara Berglund's “Urban Public History” class.

Expansion of Ybor City has Initial Okay

Feb 15, 2013

City Council granted the initial okay to expand the historic district of Ybor City.