Even in a modern downtown area like Tampa, you can still find a few historic gems scattered about.
I happened across this location quite by accident and it immediately evoked memories of my childhood in rural North Carolina. In the south, outside laundromats were not uncommon. Many people did not have an automatic washer at home; those that did often didn’t have a dryer. I guess the fact that they were left open to the elements was a reflection of the local climate. Winters were fairly mild and summers could be uncomfortably hot, thus the need for good ventilation in the absence of air conditioning. While my family was lucky enough to have both a washer and dryer at home, the sight of an outside laundromat still reminds me of home.