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Planning & LGBTQ Communities: Ybor’s Role in a Diverse Tampa Bay

October 11, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


National Community Planning Month is celebrated by the American Planning Association (APA) each October to showcase the ways planning benefits communities.

October 11, 2018 is the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. In a special event that celebrates both of the occasions, Planning & LGBTQ Communities: Ybor’s Role in a Diverse Tampa Bay recognizes and raises awareness about the role of place-based and community organizations in supporting a thriving local economy, fostering diversity, and supporting quality of life. The Ybor area plays a unique role in the Tampa Bay area as a place for inclusivity, ethnicity, and prosperity for diverse groups. This event will highlight the ways urban planning, economic development, and community organizations engage with LGBTQ and diverse communities in Ybor and beyond. The event concludes with a walking tour of Ybor City that examines the neighborhood’s history as a center of diversity where community and economic development go hand-in-hand.

Following the event, attendees have the option to join us for a special “Ybor City Then and Now” walking tour led by Brenda Thrower of the YCDC and Dr. Wallace Reyes or may head straight to a post-happy hour event at Hamburger Mary’s. Walking tour participants are also welcomed to join the happy hour post-tour.

1.5 CM

Please note: Registration is capped at 75 for the presentations and 45 for walking tour, so please register ASAP!

3:30–3:45 – Networking, Social, and Welcoming Remarks
3:45–4:00 – Justice Gennari, President, Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce
4:00–4:15 – Metro Wellness & Community Centers
4:15–5:00 – Petra Doan, PhD, Professor and PhD Program Director, Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning – “Urban Planning and LGBTQ Communities: Understanding the Evolution of Ybor City as Diverse Place”
5:00–5:45 – Optional walking tour: “Ybor City Then and Now” led by Brenda Thrower, YCDC and Dr. Wallace Reyes; depart from Metro Wellness lobby
5:00 (non-walking tour participants)/5:45 (tour participants) – Optional happy hour at Hamburger Mary’s

Note: Walking tour departs from Metro Wellness at 5PM

Optional Happy Hour location:
Hamburger Mary’s Pub House
Centro Ybor
1600 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

For more information, please contact Dr. Evangeline Linkous at

Sponsored by:
USF Urban & Regional Planning
USF Student Planning Organization
APA Florida Sun Coast Section
APA LGBTQ and Planning Division
Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce
Metro Wellness and Community Centers
Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC)


Metro Wellness & Community Centers
1315 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605 United States
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