Relocating to Tampa

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    Mar 16, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    I'll be moving to Tampa next month for a new job. I don't have a lot of time to find a new place to live. I've heard Ybor is the gayborhood, but any tips on great areas to live would be helpful.

    Thanks!
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    Mar 16, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    Which area is your job located in and how far are you willing to commute? Tampa is pretty big and covers quite a few neighborhoods.
  • fitartistsf

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    Mar 16, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    DON'T DO IT!!!!!!

    I lived there for a year and a half.... HATED IT!!!!! Way too humid, never could get used to it... and I couldn't enjoy the deck at my apartment because as the sun went down the biting bugs (that leave welts and itch like a mother-fucker) came out. In the mornings, too. I had a very nice apartment on the Bay, with a wrap-around deck, but because of the bugs, could never use it.... then, in late fall, the snow-birds came down from the northeast, with their bad driving, and "I'm entitled, 'cause I'm old" attitudes, making life miserable... plus, the "scene" there is filled with crack, and meth-heads, and the clubs weren't all that great.... and don't get me started on the traffic.... I lived 12 miles from my job, on MacDill Air Force Base, should have taken no more than 10-15 minutes, and it would take me over an hour, sometimes an hour and a half, to get to and from work... aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg.... I HATE TAMPA!!!!!
    (you will too)
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    Mar 16, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    I'll agree the humidity sucks, but the above poster makes the area as a whole sound worse than it really is.

    There are over two million people who live here. Of course traffic is going to be bad during rush hour. Not everyone is a crack head. The population is relatively young. Clearwater has some beautiful beaches and it's only a 45 min drive away. Not into clubs so I can't comment on that. But honestly you can do a lot worse than Tampa.
  • LJay

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    Mar 16, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    It has been a long time since I lived in St. Pete, but the areas around Tampa always struck me as nicer than the city itself. Ybor City is a fascinating city within a city, but I would not feel compelled to live there.

    Look at reasonable commutes, and try a trick that has always worked for me: arrange your commute so that you are going against the main tide at that time of day. In other words, live on the other side of town.

    Pay attention to which way the sun shines on your living area and remember that you HAVE to to have good AC. It is just plain hot down there.
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    Mar 16, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    curiouslystrong saidI'll be moving to Tampa ...
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:52 AM GMT
    I considered moving to Tampa some time ago but the chance slipped away. I've lived in Orlando before and checked out the city. Some people hate the humidity but it never bothered me. Just get good AC, window tint for your car, and don't plan on running outside most of the year.

    The one thing I learned about Tampa is the city is pretty sprawling and traffic sucks. The bigger blvds are crowded during rush our and try to avoid a commute that takes you into the I-4 to I-275 interchange.

    I visited Ybor city and it never struck me a place I'd want to live... Depending on your budget there were many new apartment building over by the Florida Aquarium which is close to downtown. The whole area has mostly new construction and the roads were not very busy.
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    Mar 16, 2012 11:07 AM GMT
    DO NOT LIVE in Hillsborough county. YBOR sucks (you'll soon find out)
    Hillsborough county is heavy duty RED, The neighboring county is Pinellas (western coastal) and is heavy duty BLUE.

    I am a west coast (Calif) native.. you are coming here from Washington state, You'll immediately see that!

    Do your homework!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Storms <-- this is what Hillsborough county promotes.
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    Mar 16, 2012 11:16 AM GMT
    fitartistsf saidDON'T DO IT!!!!!!

    I lived there for a year and a half.... HATED IT!!!!! Way too humid, never could get used to it... and I couldn't enjoy the deck at my apartment because as the sun went down the biting bugs (that leave welts and itch like a mother-fucker) came out. In the mornings, too. I had a very nice apartment on the Bay, with a wrap-around deck, but because of the bugs, could never use it.... then, in late fall, the snow-birds came down from the northeast, with their bad driving, and "I'm entitled, 'cause I'm old" attitudes, making life miserable... plus, the "scene" there is filled with crack, and meth-heads, and the clubs weren't all that great.... and don't get me started on the traffic.... I lived 12 miles from my job, on MacDill Air Force Base, should have taken no more than 10-15 minutes, and it would take me over an hour, sometimes an hour and a half, to get to and from work... aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg.... I HATE TAMPA!!!!!
    (you will too)
    12 miles in ten to fifteen minutes? What... did you have a freeway/interstate between your driveway and your parking space? 12 miles in 10 minutes means a travel speed of 72 MPH..
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    Mar 16, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    OMG is Tampa really that bad? I'm considering there for university and now I'm really regretting it after reading all these awful posts!
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    Mar 16, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    Thank you for the details man!
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidDO NOT LIVE in Hillsborough county. YBOR sucks (you'll soon find out)
    Hillsborough county is heavy duty RED, The neighboring county is Pinellas (western coastal) and is heavy duty BLUE.

    I am a west coast (Calif) native.. you are coming here from Washington state, You'll immediately see that!

    Do your homework!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Storms <-- this is what Hillsborough county promotes.




    WOW! What a psychotic CUNT! She is a good reason that assassination. happens.....
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    Mar 17, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    I'm originally from Miami and started visiting Tampa in the early eighties when my sister moved first there and later to Clearwater. I was never a fan.

    She'd never visit Manhattan singly or with her family, claiming (even in 1999!) that she wouldn't visit with her young kids given Times Square's unsavory reputation, and how scared she was of the crazy drivers here. Well let me tell you, she lives two blocks off Route U.S. 19 and that must be the most terrifying suburban stretch of highway in America - it's a 55+mph freeway frequently punctuated with major intersections and with unpredictable senior citizens galore playing Death Race 2000 at traffic lights en route to their pharmacies, and every other strip mall has an adult book store in it.
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    Mar 17, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    fitartistsf saidDON'T DO IT!!!!!!

    I lived there for a year and a half.... HATED IT!!!!! Way too humid, never could get used to it... and I couldn't enjoy the deck at my apartment because as the sun went down the biting bugs (that leave welts and itch like a mother-fucker) came out. In the mornings, too. I had a very nice apartment on the Bay, with a wrap-around deck, but because of the bugs, could never use it.... then, in late fall, the snow-birds came down from the northeast, with their bad driving, and "I'm entitled, 'cause I'm old" attitudes, making life miserable... plus, the "scene" there is filled with crack, and meth-heads, and the clubs weren't all that great.... and don't get me started on the traffic.... I lived 12 miles from my job, on MacDill Air Force Base, should have taken no more than 10-15 minutes, and it would take me over an hour, sometimes an hour and a half, to get to and from work... aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg.... I HATE TAMPA!!!!!
    (you will too)


    I agree with this. If you replaced Tampa with San Francisco, I'd also agree with it.
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    I've lived in Tampa for 4 years. I'm originally from the Northeast and I've lived all over the world, so I'm something of a snob, but Tampa has grown on me. Obviously, don't listen too much to the crazy negative posters-- a city is always what you make of it. This area is very spread out with very heavy traffic on the freeways and major roads at rush hour, so where you are working is really important in choosing where you live. I chose my neighborhood partly because I work in many locations throughout the two counties and it has very easy access to I-275, I-4, and the Crosstown expressway, and also allows me to bypass the "mixing bowl", the very unpleasant downtown junction between 275 and 4, no matter which direction I'm traveling.

    As far as Hillsborough (tampa) vs Pinellas (St Pete and Clearwater), I'm strongly in favor of living in Hillsborough, although my job has me working frequently in St Pete and Clearwater. If you are an urbanite, you'll find that Tampa has more of an urban, big city feel, compared to St Pete (which isn't saying much, I know).

    Ybor is where a lot of the gay clubs (and straight clubs as well) are located, but in fact it's not a huge gay neighborhood to live, although it's perked up some in the last few years. You'll find higher concentrations of gays in neighborhoods in South Tampa such as Hyde Park/Soho and Palma Ceia, as well as north of downtown in the rapidly improving older neighborhoods of Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights. ( I live in Tampa Heights which I love because of the older Victorian buildings and its convenience to downtown, but it still has a ways to go before being considered a safe, gentrified neighborhood). Some gays have moved downtown to the Channelside district near the cruise port and also some luxury apartment buildings near the river. The fact is, the gay community is very spread out, just like the city itself.

    Things to like about Tampa include the generally beautiful weather, greater sense of history compared to most of peninsular Florida, excellent international airport, Bayshore Drive, very good restaurants including one of the top steakhouses in the country (berns) and Cuban food that in my opinion beats Miami's any day. If you're a beach person, Gulf Coast beaches are wonderful and there is a range in Pinellas from crowded gay beaches or family beaches, to nearly deserted wild beaches which have been preserved pretty well from their days as uninhabited barrier islands.

    Politically, this is typical reddish Florida, in both counties. It can be frustrating, and Florida is the land of the gay Republican, which is always an exotic animal for me, but generally the cities are more liberal. East County Hillsborough is redneck but Tampa itself has a typical city profile.

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    Mar 17, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Better to relocate to Tampa, Florida than to Austin, Texas. If anyplace is unbearably hot and unfriendly, it is definitely Austin. At least Tampa is near the Gulf Coast so sandy beachs and sea breezes are nearby. Austin is totally landlocked on some shallow, dammed up creek called the Colorado River out in the middle of nowhere along Interstate 35. Be thankful that you are relocating to Tampa and not to Austin.
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    Mar 17, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Definitely check out anything in Hyde Park/SoHo (South Howard Ave.) area if you can.
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    Mar 18, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]theantijock said[/cite]
    eagermuscle saidI'm originally from Miami and started visiting Tampa in the early eighties when my sister moved first there and later to Clearwater. I was never a fan.

    She'd never visit Manhattan singly or with her family, claiming (even in 1999!) that she wouldn't visit with her young kids given Times Square's unsavory reputation, and how scared she was of the crazy drivers here. Well let me tell you, she lives two blocks off Route U.S. 19 and that must be the most terrifying suburban stretch of highway in America - it's a 55+mph freeway frequently punctuated with major intersections and with unpredictable senior citizens galore playing Death Race 2000 at traffic lights en route to their pharmacies, and every other strip mall has an adult book store in it.


    Naturally, Miami drivers have a much better reputation...

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-05-15-rude-drivers_N.htm
    MIAMI (AP) — For the second consecutive year, rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday.

    Miami motorists said they saw other drivers slam on their brakes, run red lights and talk on cellphones, according to AutoVantage, a Connecticut-based automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance.

    Other cities near the top of the rude drivers list were New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.


    Also, I surveyed a few areas, Miami & New York City included, on cruisingforsex for their list of adult book stores and theaters. Here are the results:

    NYC 50
    San Fran 29
    LA 19
    Miami 15
    Atlanta 14
    Las Vegas 13
    Philadelphia 13
    Tampa 12
    Phoenix 11
    Fort Laud 9
    Honolulu 6
    New Orleans 5

    /tampabaychamberofcommerce[/quote
    Yes, Miamians are famous for driving with their horns. I didn't mean this to be Tampa versus Miami, but seriously, if you have suburban porn and bad drivers in both places where do you think most people would want to be?
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    Mar 22, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    I'd also like to point out that US19 is not in Tampa, but rather in Pinellas. It sounds like you are describing US 19 in New Port Richey or maybe a little south. US19 in Clearwater has mostly been upgraded to expressway/limited access in the last 10 years so it's not quite the death trap it once was except further north. Tampa is famous for its (straight) strip clubs along Dale Mabry. If you were visiting Tampa/St Pete, in the 80's-90's, there are significant changes to the highway system, generally improvements.