Ask anyone to name a road in Tampa with the worst reputation and usually the first one named is Nebraska Avenue.
True, the Nebraska corridor I follow on my bicycle from Seminole Heights to Ybor City and downtown is not exactly the quaint garden boulevard.
But I'm fascinated by the architectural residential gems and rugged and ambitious small businesses -- and new restaurants such as Ella's and Reservations -- amid the car shops, used tire lots, old motels and industrial storefronts.
So, I got up early (it's not too cold for me -- 34 degrees is springtime in upstate New York), took my camera and snapped photos along Nebraska Avenue from Ybor City's 7th Avenue to Hillsborough River.
Here are some images along the three-mile strip. The contrasts are stunning.
A lovely statue -- it's at a city of Tampa building where you pay parking tickets.
Everyone seems to like apostrophes. But you use them only in the possessive -- not when a word implies a plural.
And there's bad.
Look carefully -- there's a guy fixing a bike wheel in the background.
Like I said, contrasts -- bail bonds and day care.
Across from each other.
Reservations -- they make great take-out food.
Lots of homemade ads.
Tires for all.
Nebraska -- home of the wrong-way salmon bicyclists.
Look who's running for mayor -- her headquarters are right here.
A lovely home.
More contrast -- Ella's and its residential neighbor.
Ella's art, with BBQ smoke wafting by.
Fun place to check out.
Vegetation and tires.