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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.

Frank Wells is the visionary behind Venture House. - Julie Branaman

Venture House Vision: Rehab Vacant Homes For Entrepreneurs, Artists

If entrepreneurs and artists can't find affordable housing in a city with vacant homes in need of rehab, what can be done to solve both problems and benefit taxpayers too? Venture House, a startup in St. Petersburg, is designing creative partnerships to provide solutions.

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.

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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.

Veggies grow in planters near the pool at the Ella. - Julie Branaman

Encore! Tampa Takes Big Strides Toward Sustainability

Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.

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Not Your Average Speakers: What's Next For Downtown Tampa

New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute  to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next. 

Cave Canem Poets 2013 Residency at City of Asylum - A series of community-based artist residencies i

Creative Placemaking Changes Narrative About Cities

Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.

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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.

Onyx plays at the Curtis Hixon Park dog run. - Julie Branaman

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Dog Scene

Other than walk your pooch around the block in downtown Tampa, what's a dog lover to do to keep a four-legged friend happy and healthy while enjoying each other's company? Lots! We've compiled a list to get you started.

The Ella at Encore! houses residence age 62 and up. - Julie Branaman

Encore Tampa: Green Initiatives Shape Urban Design

Encore Tampa is designed as a sustainable community, with green initiatives built into everything from the provision of water and sewer to energy efficient construction to easy access to retail and recreation.

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Video: P3s Will Shape What's Next For Tampa

Creating innovative public private partnerships is key for moving Tampa forward in coming months and years, agree community, academic and private sector leaders invited to participate in 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' forum designed to foster community conversation and solutions. Watch and listen.

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Urban Pioneers Work To Jumpstart Tampa Heights Neighborhood, Florida

New signs of a renaissance are underway in Tampa Heights. The potential of this community still on the "edge'' may finally be recognized. Historic Victorian and Craftsman-style homes are getting a little TLC and being renovated. Entrepreneurs are opening small businesses. Developers are stepping forward with new projects. And long-time residents are welcoming the change.

Photo Courtesey of Encore!

Encore Project: Rebuilding A Tampa Neighborhood

Encore Tampa, a mixed-use community emerging on vacant land once occupied by public housing, is poised to be the catalyst necessary to transform a largely blighted neighborhood connecting downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights and Ybor City.

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Designing For Disaster: The AbleNook Story, Tampa

University of South Florida alumni and architect Sean Verdecia is almost done with his first masterpiece. After years of planning and prototypes, his "multiuse portable dwelling,'' AbleNook, is planned for mass production in 2013. The journey from idea to reality has transformed the project from a local university assignment to a highly anticipated, fully functioning living module in the global marketplace.

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InVision Tampa: Reshaping Your City For The Future

InVision Tampa is researching and inviting suggestions on how to improve the city's urban core and surrounding neighborhoods, ultimately incorporating that feedback into a master plan that will shape Tampa's future for the next 25 years.
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