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Tampa Bay Design Week shapes Tampa's future

A block party, food trucks and an urban bike tour are all part of Tampa Bay Design Week's celebration of the rebirth of downtown Tampa. Find out how design will affect the look and feel of an urban core that is just beginning to come into focus. Bring a few of your own design ideas to share.

Maruchi Azorin is the owner of Villa Rosa and creator of Linen Wash.

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

Business and community leader Maruchi Azorin, owner of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens and a Cuban immigrant, is one of Florida’s role models for success. Her upscale store anchors a prominent intersection in Palma Ceia, a South Tampa neighborhood again experiencing the emergence of new boutiques, shops, residences and restaurants.

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

Is gridlock on Tampa Bay area roads here to stay? Or are solutions on the way? A Nov. 4 referendum in Pinellas County calls for a penny increase in sale taxes as the first step toward a regional transit plan.

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. 

Drew and Nickolas Graham play at Water Works Park. - Julie Branaman

Splish! splash! Kids movin' and a groovin' in Tampa Bay area parks

Move over swimming pools. Make room for splash pads, the latest water craze to pop up in parks and public spaces in the Tampa Bay region. Cities and parents are gravitating toward new water parks as more cost efficient, lots of fun and safer for kids.

Audrey Henneman shows tour participants Chad Mize's Mr. Sun Mural.

What are you doing Saturday morning? Take a walk on the artsy side of St. Pete

What gives downtown St. Pete its unique sense of place? Let's start with the murals. Now you can take a walking tour of dozens of colorful murals adorning the sides of buildings and learn more about the artists and their creative artwork.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

(R-L) Artists Liz Simth, Sylvia Shanahan, June Harben with Colin Bissett. - Julie Branaman

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

Whatever the limits of your piano playing expertise —- perhaps somewhere between “Chopsticks’’ and Brahm’s “Concerto No. 1’’ — you won’t want to miss the rollout of a cool new art project getting ready to take to the streets of Clearwater.

Courtney Wygle Landry, owner of Lay-Z-Dog pet beds at home with her pups. - Julie Branaman

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

Pet lovers meet chic design. Frumpy pet beds may soon be a thing of the past as dog-and-kitty decor is re-imagined by a Pinellas woman, getting her Lay-Z-Dog business off the ground.

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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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

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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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