Info BBQ served up well done!

Hidden History of Planning & Growth draws big crowd

Brown Bag QuarterlyOn July 22, the Planning Commission kicked off our Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) in our boardroom. About 40 people brought their bag lunches and came hungry for good information on More than Cigars: the Hidden History of Planning & Growth in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Our Informatics Librarian Terry Eagan donned his white gloves to share archival treasures with the audience.

Fascinating cases of race and ethnic profiling as documented by the Dillingham Immigration Commission made for some interesting discussion. Historic maps showed a definite impact on the growth patterns of our community. In the early 20th Century, child labor was a big part of Tampa’s economic engine as part of the cigar and other industries. A series of Simons Plans focused on parks and shaped many of our current neighborhoods.

For more information on this presentation, contact Terry Eagan at 813/273-3774 x349. Stay tuned for upcoming brown bag quarterlies topics and locations!