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What is a wellness district? Vinik-Cascade project in downtown Tampa promotes healthy lifestyle

Designers of downtown Tampa's Wellness District are looking to create innovative spaces and places that promote a healthy lifestyle. Think air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

World of Beer on Fowler Ave.

University area neighborhoods of North Tampa prepare for transformation

Federal and private grants beginning to flow into the University area of North Tampa are designed to help create jobs, educate and train residents and spur additional investments in emerging neighborhoods. Some call it progress; others credit higher powers. 

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St. Petersburg businesses find art good for bottom line

St. Petersburg’s designation as a city of the arts is more than individual artists shining the spotlight on their talent. Businesses are realizing that creative collaboration with the arts is good for the bottom line and a positive force for economic development.

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How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.

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What's next in downtown Tampa? Rebirth of West Bank of Hillsborough River

Tampa’s city government and the Tampa Housing Authority are embarking on a grand experiment: Rebuilding a neighborhood from the ground up.

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Touch mural, make sound: new Urban Conga project entices play

Murals are popping up all over the Tampa Bay region as part of the local urban scene. But one very special creation in Hyde Park Village may get even you to giggle. Touch the mural and see what happens!

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For Good: USF architecture students put urban design to work for St. Pete nonprofit

USF graduate students studying architecture use design to transform a nonprofit recovery program in St. Petersburg and begin to take back a crime-ridden part of downtown.

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Project-by-project, developers help Tampa find its urban roots

From the smell of fresh paint on old homes in historic neighborhoods to the sight of construction cranes towering over downtown streets, it’s easy to appreciate what a long-time local developer means when he says Tampa is “discovering itself.”

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Tampa's next hot neighborhood? The Heights creates urban space to live, work, play and stay

Looking to move into downtown Tampa in the next couple of years? Your options are growing every month, including the latest project featuring an urban designed community on the Tampa Riverwalk. Welcome to The Heights. 

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For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.

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.

Jack Ross is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Neighborhood community center emerges from West Tampa historic space, nurtures startups

A new Jewish Community Center being built inside the old Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory is expected to lead an economic resurgence in West Tampa neighborhoods.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

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Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.
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