Best Of 2006

Best News About the Tampa Museum of Art: Bye-bye, Beer Can

August brought official word that the city had canned plans to move the museum to the Pavilion, aka, the cubes, adjacent to Rivergate Tower, after appraisals of the building came in much lower than expected. The news seemed to generate widespread relief, perhaps from the incongruity of housing the city’s trove of high art in a building known locally as the beer can. Nothing against the structure, but plans to put the museum there after the original design for a new building by Rafael Viñoly was dumped seemed like an afterthought. Mayor Pam has already popped the top on one new idea: placing the museum farther down the waterfront on Ashley Drive next to the future site of the children’s museum. Now if we can just save Kiley Gardens …