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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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Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Pete hosts a variety of swim meets.

Splash on! Local swim scene extends beyond Tampa Bay

The diversity of water fun and fitness opportunities in the Tampa Bay region are as vast as the water it surrounds. From beginners to fitness lovers to up-and-coming Olympians, all find a place. No matter your level of swim prowess, there’s a pool, a program and a body of water beckoning. Let’s dive in.

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St. Petersburg businesses find art good for bottom line

St. Petersburg’s designation as a city of the arts is more than individual artists shining the spotlight on their talent. Businesses are realizing that creative collaboration with the arts is good for the bottom line and a positive force for economic development.

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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. 
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