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The unique perspective and provocative opinions of Joe O’Neill

Riverwalk Catalysts And The New Normal

The ribbon has been scissored.  The VIPs have departed. The fanfare has gone. The $9.2 million Kennedy Plaza segment of the Tampa Riverwalk is now officially open. And welcome to the new normal. There is now a contiguous, pedestrian-friendly, WiFi-ed, 1.8-mile link between Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Channel District. It’s as accessible as [...]

Mandatory Informed Voting?

The subject of mandatory voting comes up periodically, especially in non-presidential years when turnouts are particularly low. Embarrassingly low for a country that can still give a pretty good lecture to autocrats on the merits of participatory democracy. In fact, President Barack Obama recently weighed in by referencing universal voting as a way to “counteract [...]

Foreign Perspective Valued

Hopefully, it was noted that O’Pinions To Go was gone last week. That’s because this writer was on a getaway trip, one that included Venice and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Seemingly an odd pairing, but only about 150 miles apart. No, I won’t turn this into one of those this-is-what-I-did-on-my-vacation pieces, but here are a few takeaways, [...]

Sports Shorts

*The USF women’s basketball team made history this season by hosting an NCAA tournament game–and then embellished it with a win over LSU behind a raucous Sun Belt home crowd. Alas, the  Bulls came up short of more history–a Sweet 16 berth–Monday night by losing a close one to Louisville. Regardless, it was a great [...]

Quoteworthy

* “Russians and Ukrainians are one people.”–Russian President Vladimir Putin. * “It is hard to know what is more depressing: that (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu went for the gutter in the last few days in order to salvage his campaign … or the fact that this seemed to work.”–Thomas Friedman, New York Times. * [...]

Another Perspective On Foreign Travel

Whenever my wife and I take a getaway trip, a familiar refrain is elicited. It goes something like this: “Now, just because you have a column due, don’t go getting all obsessive about taking notes and missing the fun.” Actually, I cleaned that up a smidge. But the reality is this: I do have a [...]

Return To USF And A Class Act

Maybe you can’t go home again and Thomas Wolfe had it right. But what you can do is revisit and regale. My wife and I found that out recently on one of our infrequent sorties to the USF Tampa campus. We’re both USF grads and take pride in our affiliation. Plus, we both worked there; [...]

Greco Musings, An Update

As a Bay Area journalist who signed on with the Tampa Bay Business Journal in its start-up year of 1981, I’ve been positioned to witness and chronicle a lot around this region and this city we all call home. Amid the transition from “Next Great City” puffery to an area that has hosted four Super [...]

Lights On Tampa, Sounds Of Silence

We all know that Mayor Bob Buckhorn is hardly sound-bite challenged. It comes with being Tampa’s CEO-Salesman-Cheerleader, and it comes with having the outspokenness gene. In recently referring to downtown’s Lights on Tampa display, he said it was “showcasing everything we’ve been working to do. … It’s what makes us cool. There is more happening [...]

Coming To A Downtown Near You: Sounds Of Silence

The downtown upgrades and progress aren’t limited to what you see and hear. They will soon include what you don’t hear. “Quiet zones” are coming. You heard that right. That’s how far we’ve come. Aesthetics and ambience matter. Especially where residential infill is such a key component–and catalyst. Thanks to a $1.35 million Florida Department [...]