Picking Your Favorite 83 Degrees Stories In 2014

As you're reading any feature in 83 Degrees Media, you can always look to the right side of the page to see what's trending among readers that week.

The list of Top 10 Feature Stories updates daily and (at least for an editor) is a bit like watching a horse race in that you often see one story surge past another and then drop off -- usually in response to sharing in social media.

So we thought it would be a fun exercise at the midpoint of the 2014 calendar to take a look back at Google Analytics to appreciate the best read stories from January to June.

Let us know which are your favorites by commenting at the bottom of each story and sharing them again in social media.

Here's the list in reverse order:

Runner Up: CoderDojo: Teaching Next Gen Techies To Write Code
CoderDojo, a free programming class for children ages 5-17, is described on its website as an "open-source, volunteer-led movement.'' The group was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2011 and spread to Tampa in May 2013, settling into two Hillsborough County locations with two more in the works.

10. Innovative Sarasota Preschool Aims To Prepare Kids For Life
The Learning Cottage uses Fusion Early Learning principles to create a preschool environment of fun that nurtures creative learning about basic life skills, the arts, traditional academics and respecting other people.

9. Let's Talk Startups In Florida's Emerging New Economy
Tampa Bay's growing startup community is key to Florida's emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' on May 13 to learn and talk more about what's new and what's next for local startups.

8. Foggy On Details? USF Researchers Patent Formula To Enhance Brainpower
A nutritional supplement developed at the University of South Florida that combines the mind-building strengths of blueberries, green tea and more is finding scientific confirmation and a place on supermarket shelves across the nation.

7. Urban Bike Scene: Changing The Way Tampa Bay Travels
Tampa Bay area residents increasingly see bicycling as a practical, economical, sustainable and healthy way to get around town, especially given fluctuating gasoline prices and widespread road construction projects that slow traffic to a crawl during rush hours.

6. Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Martin Raises Bar For New Places To Live
The Martin at Meridian is the latest apartment complex to emerge in the growing Channel District of downtown Tampa. Developer Ken Stoltenberg envisions creating additional amenities of an urban lifestyle, including vibrant retail, parks and schools.

5. Ulele Restaurant Steps Into Tampa's Culinary Spotlight
Ulele Restaurant, Tampa's newest dining destination, features a waterfront setting on the Hillsborough River. It represents a rebirth for Ulele Spring, promise of a brighter future for the re-emerging Tampa Heights neighborhood and a piece of the city's vision for redefining its urban core.

4. Aquaponics Brings Fish To Farm To Table In Tampa
Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.

3. What's Next For Downtown Tampa? Keep Your Eye On Historic Kress Building
Transforming the long vacant, historic Kress Building on North Franklin Street into a vibrant urban gathering place complete with public marketplace, homes and offices is a key part of the vision for downtown Tampa's future.

2. North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood
Synergy created by a growing University of Tampa and expanding Tampa General Hosptial along with small shops and restaurants designed to serve urban residents as well as downtown workers is evident in the emerging North Hyde Park neighborhood.

1. Where To Live In Downtown Tampa? 5 Towers Going Up Soon
Five new residential towers will add 1,500 apartments in Downtown Tampa in the next two to three years, creating the synergy necessary to attract investors eager to help develop a vibrant urban scene that attracts young professionals, global travelers and empty-nesters.

Diane Egner, publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees, hangs frequently at local coffee shops from Sarasota to Clearwater, from St. Petersburg to Tampa. Say hello if you spot her well-used laptop with an 83 Degrees sticker on it. If you're nice, she might even give you a sticker! Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.

Read more articles by Diane Egner.

Diane Egner is the publisher and managing editor at 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. 
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