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Sid Khurrum Hassan, founder of CUPS, chats with Mayor Buckhorn at an event at BoConcept.

Tampa's urban professionals build community in CUPS

Before hotels, new residences, shops and a possible baseball stadium and University of South Florida medical school emerge in downtown Tampa, residents of the rapidly growing Channel District are coalescing to help influence what's next. Meet CUPS, as in Channel District Urban Professionals Society. 

Photo by Justine Benstead

New Ybor City Concept Shop Combines Caffeine, Clothing And Coworking

The Blind Tiger, a new coffee, tea and textiles cafe, will serve beverages from Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Company, and provide a boutique selection of Black & Denim apparel and accessories along with community co-working space.

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Clearwater Plans New Community For Techies, Artists, Entrepreneurs

Innovative apartment/retail spaces being built near downtown Clearwater will enable young professionals and other independent workers to live, work and play under one roof -- a design concept that will be a first for downtown Clearwater.

The Media Room of Modera Prime 235 in downtown St Pete. - Julie Branaman

Boom! Downtown St. Petersburg Awash In New Apartments

Downtown St. Petersburg's housing market is experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt to meet pent-up demand for cool urban places to live. Detours around temporarily blocked streets and the sounds of construction mark the city's rebirth as developers build more than 1,200 new apartments and condos.

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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.

Cerbando Mondragon and Ceejay Liberatore work with their census info. - Julie Branaman

5th Graders Magnify History Of Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is the city's oldest suburb, settled by some of Tampa's founding families. Today it is home to new residents who are renovating historic bungalows and re-invigorating one of the city's most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Its early history is brought to life in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center and B.C. Graham Elementary School.

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Why Make Your Business More Sustainable? Save The Earth And Money

Vertical gardens. Recycled paper products. Shades on windows. LED lighting. Downtown Tampa businesses get rewarded for finding solutions that work for them to become more sustainable.

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Old Meets New: Transformation Of Tampa Neighborhood Shapes What's Next For Bro Bowl

The confluence of old meets new makes for some tough decisions as the City of Tampa, developers, historic preservations and skateboarders decide the fate of Bro Bowl, an historic concrete skatepark that many want to replace with a modern design reflective of progress in technology and Tampa's urban landsape.

Sea Captian Resort on the Bay at 40 Devon Drive. - James Branaman

Where To Stay On Clearwater Beach? Choices Grow With New Hotels

A building boom is back along Pinellas County's most famous white sand beaches. At least 16 hotel projects adding more than 2,000 rooms are planned or in development in the next 18 months along Clearwater Beach, including Dr. Kiran Patel's luxury resort.

The first newly completed Nehemiah Project home. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Nehemiah Project Begins Transformation Of Sulphur Springs Neighborhood

The City of Tampa's Nehemiah Project is designed to encourage home ownership in one of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods while helping to jumpstart investments in nearby properties.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

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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.

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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.

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Walking Through Tampa's Past To Shape Its Future

Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.

Geyen commissioned artists from the MacDonald Training Center to brighten her work space.

Urban Pioneer Carves Out Niche In North Hyde Park

When Marleen Geyen decided to make the big move from Minneapolis to Tampa, she went looking for an emerging urban neighborhood near downtown that she could help nurture along with her business.
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