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The Friendship TrailBridge in Tampa/St. Pete

Conceptual Rendering provided by ASD w/ Gordon Tarpley of Studio AMD

I’ve just learned about an Urban Greenway project that’s making great headway in Florida: the Friendship TrailBridge. This is a project with a long and interesting history that goes back to 1924 and includes two separate grassroots preservation campaigns.

For almost ten years there was a pedestrian bridge here, crossing the Bay and connecting Tampa with St. Petersburg. It was closed in 2008 due to structural concerns, and almost torn down earlier this year. Today, a group is fighting to transform the old Gandy Bridge into a world-class linear park across the water — the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Read more about it, and see historical and contemporary photos plus renderings for the future park in the Urban Greenways section.

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