About Historic Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights has a long history of diversity and today’s Tampa Heights is no different. Being so close to the urban core, Tampa Heights has attracted a wonderful variety of people and we are very proud of this as it is one of our most cherished strengths.

Located in between Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Seminole Heights

The Tampa Heights neighborhood is National Historic District and is considered to be Tampa’s first suburb (1 mile from downtown) when it was established in the 1880s.

There are still many homes and buildings throughout the neighborhood that go back to its roots. Today’s Tampa Heights is quickly changing with recent additions of Ulele Restaurant and Brewery, Water Works Park, Riverwalk Extension, Hidden Springs Brewery, and many other businesses that are opening in the neighborhood on a regular basis.

Tampa Heights is the most central of Tampa’s historic, urban core communities.

We are a hub surrounded by sister communities, each special in its own way. Together, we make Tampa what it is: a rich and unique blend of ethnically diverse cultures. From Tampa Heights, one can see our city’s past, present and future from the banks of a life giving river. Come join us for the ride of a lifetime as, together, we help to chart Tampa’s course for the 21st Century.

The borders of our boundaries are:
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the North
I-275 to the East and South
Hillsborough River in the Southwest
North Blvd. to the West


Tampa Heights was the first Neighborhood in Tampa to have a Community Plan that was approved by City Council and that was in 2003. This was a huge effort and it provides us a guide for future planning considerations.


Portions of Tampa Heights are listed as a National Historic District and a Local Historic District. The historic districts ensures that our history will be protected forever.



The City of Tampa Planning & Urban Design Division will be making a presentation soon!


Tampa Heights is a community rich in history of Tampa’s early settlers. Developed in the early 1880s, it became the home of Tampa’s first doctors, judges, business owners and other early civic leaders. It is considered the First Suburb of Tampa, even though it is only 1 mile from the heart of downtown.




Tampa Heights will see a dramatic shift in commercial development and transportation improvement in the next few years. Businesses are repopulating our major corridors and plans to diversify transit options are underway.


Buffalo Soldier Memorial Feasibility Project

The Mission of the Tampa Buffalo Soldier Memorial Feasibility is to identify community support for a recognizable and significant memorial at or near the site in which the Buffalo Soldiers of the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments camped before their departure to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War and to develop the foundation of a collaborative effort to establish such a memorial.

Porch Parties

On selected first fridays of the month, Tampa Heights residents and businesses open their front porches up for a neighborhood party!

Interested in Hosting a Porch Party?

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Palm Avenue Road Diet

The City of Tampa Walk‐Bike Plan identifies bicycle and pedestrian mobility projects which can be constructed within existing roadway alignments and other public rights‐of‐way. The nature of the projects recommended in the Plan provide a basic accommodation for walking and bicycle mobility.

Walking and Biking Mobility and Safety Enhancements: Based on an evaluation of the Business Center Study Area Connectivity Concepts, review of planned/programmed projects, and field review and traffic data analysis, multiple opportunities to enhance mobility for pedestrians and cyclists have been identified. These opportunities are summarized in Figures 10–12 and Tables 8–10 at the end of this section. Generally, the recommendations are categorized as follows:

A segment of Palm Avenue, located between N Boulevard and N Nebraska Avenue, was identified in the Walk Bike Tampa Plan as a corridor that needed transportation safety enhancements referred to as ‘traffic calming’ or a ‘road diet’. This a process used to improve safe operations for all modes of transportation and will improve east-west connectivity specifically, as it offers a connection between Riverside Heights, Tampa Heights, and Ybor City. This process reduced the road from 4 lanes (2 in each direction) with no bike lanes, to two-lanes (one-lane in each direction) with bike lanes and medians.