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IS YBOR CITY BECOMING TOO MAINSTREAM?

Nay: Ronnie Mason, Tampa City Council, District 2.

"The planning that we're doing in that area is working. I think in the future we'll be able to meet the area's emerging needs."

Nay: Griffin Valdes, general manager of The Irish Pub.

"I don't think it's becoming too anything. It's still real diverse. You've got everything here from record stores to antique shops and bars and restaurants. There's something here for everybody."

Nay: Cookie Ellis, Administrator, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce.

"We have so much diversity down here, cultural as well as business and entertainment. To me mainstream is catering to just one use."

Yea: Rick Melby, artist, owner of Architectural Arts, Ybor resident.

"The qualities that made it attractive in the first place are being phased out. It's losing its artistic edge due to unbalanced development, which is bringing in too many bars."

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