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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.

Councilman Charlie Miranda purchased this Ybor street sign at an auction. It now hangs above his office door.

Tampa stories: Former residents of public housing share paths to success

What do Tampa’s Chief of Police, the longest-sitting member of the Tampa City Council, a local entrepreneur and a new homeowner have in common? All four share a common bond of having spent time in public housing, and serve as inspiration for others seeking success.

Ed Verner shows some of the office space in the Lee Building.

Main Street revival: Downtown Plant City carves out new path to the future

A new Main Street design team is tackling revitalization efforts in Plant City as community leaders focus on how best to encourage new investments and job growth in the downtown area.

The storm water vault at Technology Park at ENCORE!

Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

Innovative, sustainable and adding value -- the Tampa Housing Authority is hosting its first annual community Earth Day celebration this year, showcasing ENCORE! Tampa and its green design.

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Temple Terrace rekindles efforts to design town center for future

The city of Temple Terrace plans to build a new town center that is urban, eclectic and walkable, and designed to create a sense of place. Restaurants, shops, the arts and technology jobs will link Temple Terrace to a broad vision to transform an entire neighborhood tied in with the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and University Mall.

Charley's Steak House on Cypress near I-275.

Visionaries see Westshore transit hub as connector to city's future

FDOT's purchase of property to build a multimodal transportation hub in the Westshore area of Tampa could help transform travel options for local commuters and Florida visitors looking for alternative means for getting around the Bay area.

Construction of an eight-story, 300-unit luxury apartment complex along Kennedy Blvd. at 12th Street.

Channel District in downtown Tampa: 'Hottest real estate market in region'

More than 5,000 people will call the waterfront Channel District home when development projects currently underway in downtown Tampa are completed by the end of the decade. More projects are planned. And more are expected as investments continue.

Artspace's Mount Baker Lofts

Is affordable artist live/work housing the new normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

Grand Central District, St Pete.

Look who's emerging now: Visit 3 Florida Main Street projects in St. Petersburg

The Edge District, Deuces Live Main Street and Grand Central District in St. Petersburg are good examples of what can happen when grassroots activists and city governments work together to turn formerly run-down neighborhoods into up and coming Florida Main Streets.

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Tampa neighborhoods surrounding downtown prepare for rebirth

Not everyone can afford to live in the new upscale residential towers going up in downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay. Enter Scott and Heidi Shimberg -- owners of Hyde Park Builders -- who plan a building spree of new housing construction in east Tampa neighborhoods that put affordability and urban living together in one package.

Brent Patterson, John Schaefer, Jarrid Dotterer and Sean Williams.

Shipping containers encourage innovative, creative designs for living

Shipping containers built to sustain high winds and heavy rain as they cross the oceans are being repurposed into affordable, sustainable homes and shops in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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.

Denver's newest hostel, Hostel Fish

Can urban hostels turn a profit by striking a balance?

Lessons from Denver for creating a thriving hostel scene that balances style and amenities with affordability.

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.
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