Would “shipping container alley” work in Lakeland, FL?

Sparkman Wharf | Photo via @edry_day

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Would a shipping container alley work in Lakeland? Let us explain.

We caught wind of a shipping container plaza coming to Delray Beach which will boast restaurants, shopping, a dog park, and even an event space, all contained in 15-30 reclaimed shipping containers.

Boxi Park, Lake Nona | Photo via @thefloridacomeback

And, this concept popped up not too far from Lakeland, in Tampa’s Channelside district as Sparkman Wharf, and in the other direction at Lake Nona’s Boxi Park. This begs the question — If shipping container districts find success in cities sandwiching Swan City, would one work in Lakeland, or at least Polk County?

In the instance of Sparkman Wharf, the shipping container district compliments other local food halls, such as Armature Works, and the Hall on Franklin, providing a change in aesthetic to the area, the promotion of local eateries and vendors, as well as launching a revitalization to a once-dwindling district. 

A meal from Flock and Stock at Sparkman Wharf | Photo via @jillicious_tampabay

Would you like to see something like this come to Lakeland + if so, where? Vote below. 

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