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Lakeland is situated along the I-4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando and is home to Florida Polytechnic University, Polk Community College and Florida Southern College. The largest city in Polk County is undergoing a major transformation of its downtown area into one that appeals to seekers of today's urban lifestyle. Just over 100,000 residents enjoy an eclectic mix of neighborhoods and housing that runs the gamut from mobile homes to millionaire mansions.

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Yes Tampa Bay Express (TBX): Key to future transportation mobility

Ray Chiaramonte: TBX will be an effective “right-now” congestion mitigation strategy for converting the failing segments of I-275, I-75 and I-4 from facilities that break down whenever volume approaches capacity, to an efficiently operated system where speed and reliability of travel time are better maintained.

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No Tampa Bay Express (TBX): A road back in time

Rick Fernandez: We are caught in a vicious, car centric cycle. Absent transit alternatives, more people will use more cars to create more traffic, more pollution and more congestion. There is no road wide enough, nor toll high enough, to change that fact. 

Big Brother John Fontana and spends time with little brother Isaiah Hopkins at Bricks 4 Kids in Tampa.

For Good: Young professionals find community, greater good through volunteerism

Volunteering your time and talent to local nonprofits can result in transformational change for those helped -- as well as for you as the helper. Meet four thriving young professionals who give of themselves to make the Tampa Bay region a better place.

Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridian.

The gift of experiences: The present of your presence

Gift giving has never been easier -- gift cards are almost universally acceptable, and consumables are always well-received. For this guide to holiday presents, however, 83 Degrees highlights something more local, more hands-on, and perhaps more meaningful: The gift of experiences. The present of your presence.

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Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  

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Welcome to the 300th edition of 83 Degrees Media

To honor the 300th edition milestone and our 6th birthday coming up later in November, 83 Degrees presents authentic and sincere testimonials from a few of our readers. See if you agree with what they think about the stories we tell.

Manufactured housing in comes in all shapes and sizes

Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

Soheyla, Tamas and L.A. "Tony" Kovach

Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

Team Kovach, husband L.A. "Tony'' and wife Soheyla, of Lakeland share news about the increasingly popular manufactured housing industry through online publications and word of mouth.

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

Check this: Where to find Lightning watch parties; what to do near Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa

If you're suffering from an outbreak of Lightning fever and need a cool place to gather with friends to watch the race for the Stanley Cup, check out these watch parties and sites to see in and around downtown Tampa. 

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

Key to building affordable housing for artists is educating public policy makers about the role of the artist in urban vitality.

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

Create, collaborate and, of course, drink coffee at cool Tampa Bay coworking spaces. Shared workspaces continue to grow in 2015, attracting members to the dedicated desks and community tables cropping up throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota region. Here’s the 83 Degrees 2015 Guide to Coworking in Tampa Bay.

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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

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Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Beer Revolution

Cigar City Brewery in Tampa and Dunedin Brewery in Pinellas County -- pioneers in the local beer scene -- paved the way for what is becoming a vibrant craft beer culture in Florida, including at least nine new breweries in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota.

Photo illustration by Julie Branaman

Newcomer's Guide To Voting In Florida's 2014 Elections

So you want to vote in Florida's 2014 elections? No reason for stress, but you do need to make sure you are registered first. 83 Degrees helps you navigate the process. Find out how and when to register, and how to educate yourself about the candidates and where to vote.  

Picking Your Favorite 83 Degrees Stories In 2014

What were the Top 10 Feature Stories published in 83 Degrees Media in the first half of the year? Take a look at the list and let us know what you think.
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