May 29, 2024 - News

Downtown duel decided

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We asked our readers to settle the debate: Which downtown is better, Tampa's or St. Pete's? Almost 2,000 votes later, we have an answer.

  • Neither side can claim a blowout. The lead switched more than a few times — with margins sometimes as slim as 60 votes.

The verdict: Downtown Tampa eked out a win, with 51% of the vote to Downtown St. Pete's 49%.

Yacob's gloat: Look, I am a proud Tampeño. I held the line even as Ben T. Davis got pitted against Clearwater's Sand Key in our Best Beach bracket.

  • But I lost sleep over this edition of our "Who has it better?" poll. We didn't get an assist from any former mayors this time, and Kathryn's two-anecdote, 160-word plea seemed damn convincing.
  • We managed to stave off our first upset, Tampa, whether because of my 30 words of encouragement or the billions invested to breathe life into our downtown.
  • Maybe next time, St. Pete, maybe.

Thank you to everyone who voted! Keep sending us "Who has it better?" ideas at [email protected].


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