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CSX rail for sale, could speed up implementation of commuter rail in Tampa Bay Area

An offer by CSX to sell a couple of key tracks may create an opportunity for the Florida Department of Transportation and local Tampa Bay Area counties and cities to move forward on creating a commuter rail system.

The existing tracks could connect St. Petersburg, Clearwater, downtown Tampa and the University of South Florida, as well as smaller suburban communities in between. 

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A new Rays stadium in downtown St. Pete? See 1 man's vision

One of the architects who helped dream up the design of the Dali Museum in downtown St. Pete is turning his sights on a new baseball stadium for the Rays surrounded by a neighborhood of mixed use housing, shops and green space.

The vision by Architect Sean Williams is designed, he says, to spur others to think about the possibilities.

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Taipei team wins Hult prize; UT team among finalists

Team Tembo, the University of Tampa team of students and graduates, put Tampa and the University of Tampa on the global map of intellectual capital Sept. 26 when it finished among the top 5 in the Clinton Global Initiative's $1M Hult Prize.

A group from National Chengchi in Taipei won for Impct.co aims to revolutionize the way children in slums around the world receive education and healthcare.

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Tampa Bay startups on the move

The Tampa Bay startup community is growing so fast that some are finding it hard to keep track of who is doing what, when and how.

The growth of startups with an emphasis on their impact on the overall economy has been the focus of economic development efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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Tampa mayor creates police review board

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's creation of a citizens review board to examine internal police reports and past police pursuits is designed to be a solutions-oriented look back aimed at preventing problems in the future.

The deadline for citizens to apply to serve on the board is October 15th.

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Newest apartment building breaks ground in Channel District, Tampa

Another apartment building, eight stories high and designed for young professionals and empty nesters, is starting to rise in the Channel District of downtown Tampa near Port Tampa Bay.

The development, by Florida Crystals, a West Palm Beach investor, will be surrounded by other apartments, shops and restaurants adding to downtown Tampa's growing urban scene.

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Fortune 500 companies considering moves to Tampa, Hillsborough County

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. CEO Rick Homans says at least 5 Fortune 500 companies are seriously considering moving their headquarters to the Tampa Bay region.

The area is widely seen as ripe for investment following the synergy created by multibillion-dollar investments in expanding the airport, redesigning 45 acres around Port Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik's plans to redo 40 acres around the Amalie Arena.

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Local housing market rebounds, Tampa sees quick sales in hot neighborhoods

The residential real estate market in the Tampa Bay region is taking off again, with sales and new construction on track to surpass any year since 2007.

Hot neighborhoods, particularly those near downtown Tampa and downtown St. Pete, are seeing quick sales of homes priced right and within easy commuting distance to urban employment centers.

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Port Tampa Bay vision plan would transform waterfront

The 45 acres surrounding Port Tampa Bay -- more land than Jeff Vinik's 40 acres near Amalie Arena -- could one day be developed into attractive waterfront property, including new apartments, condos, hotels, green spaces and lots of people taking in the urban scene to live, work and play.

That's the vision unveiled by Port President and CEO Paul Anderson along with consultant Luis Ajamil, president of the Miami-based planning, architecture and engineering firm of Bermello Ajamil & Partners.

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Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park undergoes repairs, upgrades

Curtis Hixon Park, the most popular public gathering spot in downtown Tampa and situated along the Hillsborough River across from the University of Tampa, is undergoing repairs and upgrades necessitated by its success.

The city plans to spend more than $2 million to fix loose walkways, redo landscraping and install a concrete slab for trucks that enter to service events and festivals. 

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Hillsborough County revives idea of whole percent sales tax increase for transportation

Hillsborough County residents attending a series of meetings about the potential for transformational change in local transportation will get a chance to compare the effects of raising the local sales tax by half a cent on the dollar vs. a whole cent on the dollar.

Community leaders want to convey how much more can be done to alleviate travel, especially commuting, with twice as much money to spend on transportation infrastructure.

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$500M helps turn Indianapolis into a more walkable city

As Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City consider whether to increase local sales taxes in support of transportation improvements, other cities are making decisions that move them faster and farther ahead in the race to become more walkable and more attractive as cool cities.

Next City takes a look at how an investment of $500 million made a huge difference, particularly in sidewalks, trails and bike paths. 

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Embracing light rail: What can Tampa-Hillsborough learn from Phoenix?

Not every city needs or wants light rail as part of the solution for transportation woes. But skeptical residents of Phoenix not only came around to supporting light rail, they agreed to pay for it and now are using it in droves. What a difference time and urban mindsets can make.

What can Tampa and Hillsborough County learn from the Phoenix experience?

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Creation of Innovation District in north Tampa moves forward

Plans for the creation of an Innovation District that ties together the collective economic impact of key community partners in north Tampa surrounding the University of South Florida is moving toward reality with a cash infusion of $2 million from Hillsborough County.

Partners would include the cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace as well as local hospitals and top employers such as Busch Gardens.

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Sarasota mall captures national attention

Developers and urban planners across the nation are eagerly awaiting reports of success from Sarasota's new Mall at University Town Center, one of only three enclosed malls built in America since 2008.

The Sarasota mall appeals to higher-end shoppers with specialty stores and expensive wares not often seen elsewhere in Florida.

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