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Ellen Poniewaz (left) and Nancy Doherty (right),  volunteer from St Michaels The Archangel Catholic Church, works on the Acevedo family home.

For Good: Faith Build creates homes for Tampa Bay area families

In a first for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas, 200 volunteers from 16 local congregations of different denominations team up for a "Faith Build.'' Eight of those churches provided $50,000 toward construction.

Channelside building

Top urbanist shares vision for making Tampa more walkable

Jeff Speck, a renowned city planner guiding Jeff Vinik's billion-dollar plans to re-do 40 acres of downtown Tampa near the Channel District, opens up with 83 Degrees about how Tampa can become a more walkable city.

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but all of these have one thing in common: people.

This is My City: Your Real Stories at SPC.

Connecting real people, diverse communities through storytelling

Journalist Lillian Dunlap and professional singer and director Jaye Sheldon are harnessing the power of storytelling to help residents of St. Petersburg’s diverse neighborhoods better understand each other.

Sun Country flight to Havana from TIA.

What diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean for Tampa Bay

With the U.S. taking steps to normalize relations with Cuba, Tampa Bay is in a unique position. Local thought leaders share their perspectives on Tampa's role in re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island.

Paul Rabaut in his garden.

Moving to Tampa Bay: Cultivating the gardening scene

How do green thumbs create a compost pile for successful gardening in Florida? Three Tampa Bay area master gardeners explain how to start with food scraps, leftover lawn clippings and other organic matter. 

ArtPopTampa -- 7 artists

First ArtPop Tampa billboards go up along busy local streets

Look for fish and faces and art that will strike your fancy popping out from billboards along Tampa Bay area roads as the Arts Council of Hillsborough County calls attention to the works of local artists through ArtPop Tampa. 

Gypsum at TECO

Recycling evolves, grows at top Tampa Bay area companies

In the Tampa Bay region, recycling innovations benefit sustainable construction, waste-to-energy programs, and even cheetahs and tigers at Busch Gardens.

Gas Worx is the proposed mixed-use development located between Channelside Drive and Nuccio Parkway.

Moving to downtown Tampa: The bustling apartment scene

Looking to live in downtown Tampa? If you have a decent income, a life partner or a roommate, your options are suddenly growing by leaps and bounds.

Dee Pavoni works on a job at Creative Sign Designs.

Manufacturing jobs reappear in Tampa Bay region

Manufacturing as a key economic sector driving the local economy is making a comeback in the Tampa Bay region as the national economy improves and demand grows for skilled workers. 

Jack Kenney and Brett Lee have a foosball break at kitedesk.

Ybor City experiences tech startup boom

Tech startups flock to Ybor City as their founders seek a more laid-back, walkable culture that fits their lifestyles. The consequence? The historic district in Tampa is experiencing high-tech job growth in the neighborhood once best known for the art of cigar-making. 

Logo for Go Hillsborough

What's next for local transportation? Kevin O'Hare, Tampa

A half-cent-per-dollar sales tax referendum to support building and maintaining roads as well as public transit will be on Hillsborough County ballots come 2016 if all goes as planned. Observer Kevin O'Hare suggests the plan could be much bolder. 

The Hurak family at their Safety Harbor home.

How much does it really cost to live in the Tampa Bay area?

Between housing costs, insurance rates, transportation and childcare, how much dough does it really take to live in the Tampa area? 83 Degrees sizes up cost-of-living indicators that have the biggest impact on young families.

The upper lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway will be used to test driverless cars.

Driverless cars race toward reality in Tampa

The day when autonomous or driverless motorized vehicles take to the roads of the Tampa Bay region is nearer than many realize. Want a sneak peak of the soon-to-be new normal? Learn what’s going on along the Selmon Expressway, at MOSI Tampa and USF's Center for Transportation Research.

"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. 
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