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A bustling Franklin Street in 1925. Two streetcars are seen operating together, known as a "double header".

Tampa Armature Works building: From public transportation to public market

Armature Works, recently renovated into new meeting spaces and a food hall featuring some of the Tampa Bay Area’s best restaurateurs, once served as a maintenance facility for Tampa’s early streetcar system. 

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Rise of creatives in West Tampa neighborhoods

Much of the production for the recently completed documentary, “The Goody Goody: Past, Present and Future,” took place at Creative on Main Street studios in West Tampa -- "a groovy place to be.'' 

Derrick Blue, interim CEO of THAP Group in Tampa.

Urban Stimuli: East Tampa incubator helps local small businesses thrive

THAP 5508 in East Tampa is making a real impact for fledgling businesses, tech and non-tech alike. Learn more about how it works.

Constance Mims at Blind Tiger Cafe in Ybor City.

Creative City: Tech, architecture, design firms spur Ybor renaissance

Next-gen urban pioneers help drive the transformation of Ybor City, Tampa's best-known historic neighborhood, from a focus on nightlife to one that nurtures creative workers throughout the day. 

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Independent local retail: A key ingredient of urban quality of life

The Tampa Bay Area has many opportunities to invest in local retail, but are we smart enough to do it? Learn what more is needed from Retail Consultant Alex English.

Mike Braccia, co-owner of Main Street Property Holders, at his property in West Tampa.

Bullish on West Tampa, investor helps shape its future

What does Mike Braccia and Bay Street Commercial see in West Tampa? A neighborhood of opportunity prime for investments and revitalization. Learn more.

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What's next for downtown Clearwater? Breweries, restaurants, shops add to urban scene

House of Beer, Inoculum Ale Works and other breweries are looking to open in downtown Clearwater in coming months, adding jobs and urban lifestyle amenities.

Carolyn Wilson, best known as CW, is the owner and designer at CW's Gin Joint in downtown Tampa.

Urban Stimuli: Meet CW a.k.a. Carolyn Wilson

Beyond her eponymous Gin Joint in downtown Tampa, Developer Carolyn Wilson is doing (and will continue to do) what she does best: Flex eternal good taste.

Petit Piquant, a French patisserie in West Tampa that uses farm fresh ingredients.

What's for dinner? Exploring West Tampa dining options

As West Tampa grows and evolves, local dining options are no longer limited to traditional Cuban or Spanish. See what's cooking beyond Boliche Boulevard. 

Graze 1910 serves up American fare in what used to be a streetcar storage and maintenance facility.

Urban Stimuli: Armature Works, Tampa Heights

This is really Tampa: Armature Works will evolve how you think about Tampa Heights and the urban core.

Domain Homes in West Tampa features a modified shotgun style design.

New homes, investments spur transformational change in West Tampa

West Tampa is an ethnically and commercially diverse neighborhood that includes the University of Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Raymond James Stadium and that stretch of Columbus Drive nicknamed “Boliche Boulevard” that’s home to many of Tampa’s best Spanish and Cuban restaurants.

- Photo Courtesy of Susan Gott.

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Give a shared experience

Meet a few makers and maker spaces where you can find something special for the holidays or take a family member or friend for the gift of shared experiences.

Winter Village in downtown Tampa.

Video: Experience Winter Village in downtown Tampa

What's it like to visit Winter Village in downtown Tampa? Experience the ambiance in this 83 Degrees video.

Second Century Studios grand opening in downtown Clearwater.

New shops, new housing spur revitalization of downtown Clearwater

Momentum builds in downtown Clearwater as Imagine Clearwater referendum passes and downtown activity increases, including the opening of The Nolen multi-family, mixed-use development, and Second Century Studios & Bazaar Art Co-op.

Phillip Connor and Artist Carrie Jadus at the new Arts XChange for artist entrepreneurs in St. Pete.

Arts Xchange opens in Warehouse Arts District, St. Pete

The nonprofit Arts Xchange will house 28 artist studios and event space for gallery openings, private and public parties and educational classes.
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