Originally Posted by LMich
BTW, anyone know about how big Jacksonville would be with its pre-merger boundaries? I'm getting a pretty similar feel between how the cities are situated.
Not sure of the pre-consolidation size of Jacksonville, but Tampa and Jacksonville are Florida's original "big cities."
Both are port cities with an industrial past, and both were big by Southern standards before Miami was even a thought. Both also have fantastic bones in their heart - unfortunately, both also suffer from the suburbs supplanting their respective Downtowns as the center of (most) business and corporate activity.
St. Pete is a different animal and has a nicer Downtown (in my opinion) than both.
Great thread, Thundertubs! You've really been making the rounds of the South lately!