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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.

Roosevelt Park

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.

UIX

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.

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.

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Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center Evolves With South Hillsborough County

Culture and the arts converge at the newly renovated Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center to provide entertainment, education and a safe environment for families and children in rapidly growing South Hillsborough County.

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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.

The Hinterlands at Play House

Putting Art At The Heart Of Neighborhood Redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working together with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine neighborhoods.

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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