Why Bob Buckhorn uses dogs as a barometer of revitalization success in downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa hasn’t quite reached the point where retailers and restaurants are clamoring to be there — the sign in urban revitalization that a neighborhood has officially arrived. With just shy of 7,000 residents between the urban core, Channel district and Harbour Island, there’s not yet enough of a population to attract businesses who rely on foot traffic from the surrounding neighborhood.

So for now, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has another metric for measuring the success of revitalization efforts.

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