November 24, 2021

These before-and-after photos show how much Tampa has changed in the last 15 years

Whether we go back 15 years or 3 months, parts of Tampa are almost completely unrecognizable.

Of course, with change comes the good and the bad. Tampa now has renown food scene, world-class music venues, sports arenas, clubs, and quirky neighborhoods. But the city's rapid growth hasn't come without a cost. Our city is also currently struggling with things like stagnant low wages, a severe lack of affordable housing and areas that are becoming increasingly gentrified and segregated.

It's impossible to know exactly what Tampa will look in the near future, but for now we can at least look back and see how far we've come.

All photos via Google Maps

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Then- 2007
Florist Botanica
2616 S MacDill Ave.

Then- 2007

Florist Botanica
2616 S MacDill Ave.
Now
Datz
2616 S MacDill Ave.

Now

Datz
2616 S MacDill Ave.
Then- 2008
J.D. Smith Termite Pest Control
5229 N Florida Ave

Then- 2008

J.D. Smith Termite Pest Control
5229 N Florida Ave
Now
Ichicoro Ramen
5229 N Florida Ave

Now

Ichicoro Ramen
5229 N Florida Ave
Then—2011
Vacant service station
520 E Floribraska Ave

Then—2011

Vacant service station
520 E Floribraska Ave

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