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About $2 billion has been invested in downtown redevelopment since the late 1990s, establishing St. Petersburg as among Florida's coolest cities to live, work and play. The Dali Museum, Crislip Arcade, USFSP and the Morean Arts Center have helped spark the city's rebirth as a hub for marine science, academics and the arts. Other diversions include visiting an array of funky stores and restaurants, the Museum of Fine Arts, American Stage, the Palladium Theater and Tropicana Field for a Tampa Bay Rays' game. Housing choices range from historic bungalows to high-end waterfront condominiums to college dorms.

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How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.

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4 local startups compete in latest Tampa Bay Area pitch contest

Tampa Bay Rays execs pick local startup Harness as the best of the best among Tampa Bay WaVE’s current crop of emerging companies moving through the launch phase and poised to break out. 

Amelie Arena received many upgrades in preparation for the 2012 RNC.

Beyond politics, what are long-lasting benefits of hosting a political convention?

In Tampa, political convention spending provided new police equipment, contributions to local charities, upgrades to cell phone and internet systems, street and landscaping improvements and millions of dollars in upgrades to local gathering places.

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For Good: USF architecture students put urban design to work for St. Pete nonprofit

USF graduate students studying architecture use design to transform a nonprofit recovery program in St. Petersburg and begin to take back a crime-ridden part of downtown.

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For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.

Pinellas Hope will house clients in new cottages made from shipping containers.

For Good: Volunteers convert shipping containers into sturdy housing for homeless

Pinellas County finds a partial solution for housing Tampa Bay Area homeless people when volunteers tackle converting shipping containers into temporary homes. The project is being shared with other communities across Florida.

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Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

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Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.

The Wonder Studio art.

How to delight children and inspire adults at the same time? Visit Tampa Bay Area creative places

Every local parent probably knows about the Lowry Park Zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Great Explorations as terrific places to visit, but the Tampa Bay region is also home to lots of smaller, lesser-known venues and activities where kids can be kids and learn something in the process. 

The Nguyen family at a Vietnamese New Year festival in 1981 at the University of South Florida.

Bridging Cultures: Phuong Nguyen moves from Vietnam to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this third in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Phuong Nguyen tells her family's experience in moving from Vietnam to the Tampa Bay region. 

Landscape architect Laurie Potier-Brown at her home in Seminole Heights.

Career changers: How to reinvent yourself? 3 local professionals tell their stories, give you tips

Prepare yourself financially. Go back to school if necessary. Be realistic about the new job. Those tips and more are part of the advice offered by three Tampa Bay area professionals who decided later in life to transition into new careers. 

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Co-Working spaces expand, attract talent in the Tampa Bay region

Collaborative co-working spaces are hot in places like Chicago, New York City, San Francisco -- and in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater. Local entrepreneurs share why this new type of business arrangement works better for them than traditional places to work.

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Sustainability awards highlight Tampa Bay green businesses

The Sustany Foundation’s 2016 Sustainable Business Awards recognize 16 local businesses for their efforts to save energy, recycle and protect the environment. Read about the honorees.

The Coast to Coast Connector Trail will utilize parts of the Pinellas Trail to connect Titusville and St Pete.

Tampa Bay urban planners design more greenways, trails for future

Part of the solution to the high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities that plagues the Tampa Bay region is the opening of new greenways and trails. Several are in the works -- under construction, in the planning stages or part of a larger vision. 
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