Ybor City is a neighborhood near downtown Tampa that has historically been the Cuban and Italian district. It's also a significant tourist destination. Founded in 1885 as a cigar-making independent city, it was absorbed into Tampa two years later. By the time of the depression, mechanization of cigar manufacturing combined with decreased demand for high-quality cigars caused Ybor City's economy to plummet. Although redevelopment has been occurring since the 1980s, it's a slow and, based on my quick observations, only moderately successful process. The vacancy rate along the main street of Ybor City, 7th Ave, is quite high.