Scott Shimberg spreads an enormous map across a conference table, and sweeps his hand over the geographic picture of east Tampa.
One roadway in particular gets his attention — 22nd Street. He sees a roadway that is noteworthy as a connector to neighborhoods — Ybor City and the Channel District among them — and a quick shuttle to Interstate 4 ramps that lead to downtown Tampa or points of interest east and west of a growing urban core.
The city has invested millions of dollars into 22nd, updating it with new paving, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. A roundabout drew controversy before it was built in 2013 at at the junction of North 22nd Street, East 22nd Avenue, East 23rd Avenue and North 21st Street, but it is something Shimberg points to with approval.