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Downtown Tampa looking up

Element, the downtown Tampa condo partner of SkyPoint, welcomed its first resident Thursday, and I'm told the chances of adding a restaurant to its first-floor retail space look good. Meanwhile, the new Five Guys Burgers at SkyPoint plans to open Jan. 23.

Mayor Pam Iorio also showed reporters the impressive progress of the Tampa Museum of Art and Curtis Hixon Park projects Thursday. Before long, we may be using thriving and downtown Tampa in the same sentence. …

By my estimation, Doug E. Fresh's The Show is one of the 10 best hip-hop songs of all time, so I'm pretty excited about seeing Fresh at the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Street Fest on Saturday at Al Lopez Park.

The two-day party is a centerpiece of the 10-day festival. For more info, go to www.tampablackheritage.org. …

Last year, I wrote that Pinellas school parents should be prepared to accept school closings if the district could convince them the cuts were necessary. After reading Times staff writer Thomas Tobin's story on the district's top-heavy administration, I'm not convinced. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Is there life after death? Touch my truck and find out. …

On Monday night, WWBA-AM 820 host Scott Farrell provided a fun evening with a live broadcast from Tre Amici @ the Bunker. Farrell will be back at Tre Amici in Ybor City on Jan. 26 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. …

Despite my role as co-emcee, Stageworks Theater produced a top-notch gala last week. With a lively cabaret, it neatly blended fundraising and entertainment at Centro Asturiano. …

That's all I'm saying.

Downtown Tampa looking up 01/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 11:02pm]

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