While I was at FNB talking to people I was told about Roosevelt 2.0. Part of what I want to focus on in this tour are places that are part of the solution. Located in Ybor city on 15th ave. between 7th and 8th ave. The Roosevelt Urban Center for Social Change. I loved it there. It’s a big open space with artwork on the wals and doors. There’s so much going on in this space. Tampa Upcycle, Guerilla ourfitters, there’s a coffee bar with fair trade coffee grown on permicultured land, somewhat of a lending library. They talk of a rooftop garden, a system of turning garbage into fuel, creative commerce.
This night is the Twilight market- local, organic, every Tuesday. I stayed the whole day to wait for the market. As it grew closer and closer to 5 people started to set up. The Guerilla outfitters set up their display of t-shirts featuring the new screen print promoting the market. Farmers set up with their local organic fruits and vegtables from their farms. Vendors set up with their home made soaps, breads, deserts, grass fed beef, fresh squeezed juice, vegan tacos, and more. Everyone had a story to tell about themselves, their lives, their businesses. Live music played.
I’m excited to find this sort of thing going on in every town we come to.