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Tampa, Florida: City Showcase

Managing Crowds through Street Closure: Unintended Impacts 

Tuesday, July 31 --- Recorded Archive Available for Network Members

A popular tourist destination, Ybor City (the historic district of Tampa) draws crowds between 20,000-30,000 on the weekends. When nighttime crowds grew beyond the street capacity in Ybor City, the risk to pedestrians from cruising traffic was initially addressed through street closures that blocked vehicular traffic.

However, this strategy precipitated new impacts, such as underage drinking in the streets, stricter curfew enforcement and the need for increased police deployment. Learn how Ybor City created a new plan to overcome challenges and maintain a vibrant street life.

Discussion Topics

  • Street Closures: Lessons learned and unanticipated impacts when streets were closed to cars.

  • Crowd management strategies that reduce public safety challenges.

  • Ordinances to Address Noise, Cruising, Drink Specials: How Ybor City utilized public policy to curb issues.

  • Party Atmosphere vs. Pedestrian Safety: Balancing the need for safe pedestrian passage without escalation into a street-party atmosphere.

  • Setting standards for behavior for bar patrons and increased professionalism of security staff and police.

  • Ybor City Task Force & Ybor Public Safety Committee: How these groups function and how the District Manager utilizes them to reduce crime and increase vitality.

  • Time Connectivity: Establishing a link between the daytime and nighttime tourism markets.

  • Tapping into Cultural Amenities as a Destination: Learn how Ybor City embraces its history via music, art and architecture to attract tourists.



Vince Pardo


City of Tampa
Ybor City Development Corporation



Marc Hamlin

Assistant Chief

Tampa Police Department


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