DOWNTOWN / CHANNEL DISTRICT / HARBOUR ISLAND / THE HEIGHTS / YBOR TAMPA’S URBAN DWELLING MAGAZINE district, noun dis • trict \`dis-(,)trikt\ Published by mashedmediagroup.com Managing Director Ed Suyak : areas or sections that have some special characteristic or purpose The District : regions or localities marked by a distinguishing feature Group Publisher Ed Suyak To Live, Work and Play in Downtown Tampa and the surrounding areas was not always an option. Downtown became a ghost town past 5:30 pm, Channel District was filled with empty warehouses and a handful of residents, Tampa Heights better known as Tampa’s first suburb became a forgotten area, Historic Ybor City long served as a place to play and historically filled with work from the cigar factories but lacked in urban residential options and Harbour Island prior 1985 was used as a railroad yard and phosphate loading terminal. Creative Director Rob Stainback Associate Publisher CJ Cooper Fit District Contributor Coach John Forbes Suits & Sneaks Contributor Kristin Leigh Fast forward to today and the urban core districts are all LIVE-WORK- PLAY. Each area is rising with the purpose of creating a better urban Tampa. There are plenty of places to live, work and play today. Nationally, Tampa recently ranked as one the top five most desirable cities and the urban core districts are at an all-time record high for the desire to call home. Fashion Forward Contributor Kristin Wright New residential buildings are rising and some old converting is filling the ever-growing demand to live urban. The birth and commitment of the Riverwalk connect Downtown to the Heights, Channel District, Harbour Island, or a trolley ride away to Ybor City allowing residents to walk and bike ride throughout the urban core. New restaurants, nightlife, and retail are popping up every day creating options and reasons for residents to stay local. To think this is only the beginning and there is much more to come has The District Mag team more than excited but grateful to be part of the movement. Special Contributor: Dr. Deepak Naidu There was no doubt in my mind about creating The District Magazine. Four years ago I saw the need and opportunity to represent the up and coming urban areas. I felt it was important to create and publish a vehicle that represented the movement and the people part of it as a magazine. As a longtime resident in Tampa, I knew or maybe better said, wished for the day of Tampa building a true LIVE-WORK-PLAY downtown. Lifestyle Contributor Jon Michaels Startup Contributor Melanie Hicks PhD. Cover Photo By: Jai Jacobs Cover: David Hensley, Kayla Anderson, Sarah Wedge, Keith Gaines, Sabrina Dueck, Trina Nguyen Photography: by Jai Jacobs www.jaijacobphoto.com Interested in Advertising? Have a good idea for an article? publisher@ mashedmediagroup.com We started as a publication serving the urban districts of Tampa and today remain focused continuing our mission by telling the stories behind the people, places, and businesses that are part of the movement. Cheers, Ed “eddy” Suyak Publisher 4 The District magazine is always looking for new article ideas, upcoming events and overall readership feedback. We are currently seeking freelance contributors. Email all submissions, ideas and feedback to publisher@ mashedmediagroup.com Mashed Media Group does not assume responsibility for the advertisements, nor any representation made therein, nor the quality or deliverability of the products themselves. Reproduction of articles and photographs, in whole or in part, contained herein is prohibited without expressed written consent of the publisher, with the exception of reprinting for news media use. Printed in the United States of America.