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Tampa, Florida: City Showcase
Managing Crowds through Street Closure:
Tuesday, July 31 --- Recorded Archive
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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.
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
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.
Establishing a link between the daytime and nighttime
Tapping into Cultural
Amenities as a Destination: Learn how Ybor City
embraces its history via music, art and architecture to
City of Tampa
Tampa Police Department