Since the Tampa Bay Express project first entered local consciousness this past summer, residents from the neighborhoods most affected by the project have questioned whether the cost of destroying historic buildings and stifling the growth is worth the trouble.
The project, which would affect parts of the Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights and Ybor City neighborhoods, involves expanding I-275 to include toll roads, a measure officials say will generate revenue and ease the highway’s notorious traffic woes.
In the months since they learned of the potentially devastating project, residents have packed local government meetings whenever discussion of the project was on the agenda. They’ve formed two groups: Sunshine Citizens and the Stop TBX Coalition, which has been organizing meetings to spread awareness and coordinate protests.
Now, they’re taking to the streets.