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How can cities change to become more inclusive for everyone? City Lab takes a deeper dive

Cities across America and the globe are turning the microscope inward to examine how to become more inclusive and accessible to people of all ethnic backgrounds, religions, cultures, skin tones, gender preferences, young and not, able and challenged. 

CityLab, an online newsletter produced by The Atlantic takes a deeper dive into the realities of urban inclusivity.

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TBX toll road projections under scrutiny

Critics are skeptical of consultants' projections for how much money would be collected by new toll lanes for express travel through Tampa.

Earlier projections for other Florida toll roads have fallen short.

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First curb-protected bike lane in Tampa gets national props

A two-way on-street bike lane separated from motorized vehicles by a curb in downtown Tampa is picking up cred in the part of the blogosphere that focuses on the nation's urban lifestyle scene.

The lane was added along Cass Street last year to connect the eastern part of downtown with the Tampa Riverwalk.

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Same day, overnight shipping boosting cargo flights at TIA

If you're shopping on Amazon, you may be hurting local retail shops but you're also helping create local jobs and boosting finances at Tampa International Airport.

The Airport is seeing a 20 percent increase in annual shipping since Amazon opened two warehouses near Tampa, in Riverview and Lakeland.

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One man's solution is another man's problem when it comes to proposed interstate express lanes

In a package of related stories, the Tampa Bay Times takes a more in-depth look at the potential impact of Tampa Bay Express, a proposed interstate widening project that would add express lanes to I-275 to speed up traffic at the expense of homes and other properties in its path.

The controversial plan is dividing the larger community and creating friction between residents and state and local government decision-makers.

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Murals shape new narrative for St. Petersburg

The creative murals painted on the walls of downtown St. Petersburg and the city's annual Shine Mural Festival are highlighted in WEDU's Arts Plus program, segments of which air on PBS stations nationwide.

The murals are increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination.

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Tampa-St. Pete beer scene: Local brew, best in U.S.

Serious Eats, a popular blog among foodies, declares the variety, taste and flavors of Tampa's local brew scene to be tops in the U.S.

Not too shabby! Much of the industry's success stems from Cigar City Brewing.

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Transportation fix for Hillsborough still up in the air

After voting down a proposal supported by Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill that would have increased the sales tax to support transportation improvements for the next 30 years, County Commissioners are going to reopen the discussion.

Among the new opportunities may be to collect a sales tax for less time, or to hone in on more specific transportation fixes.

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Citi Group moves more jobs to Tampa from Connecticut

Citi Group's most recent move of employees to Tampa reflects the larger trend of financial services jobs leaving the expensive Northeast and finding better economics in Sunbelt cities.

Tampa has long been a major service support hub for New York-based Citi, one of the world's largest banking companies with more than 230,000 employees. Once dubbed Wall Street South, Tampa is home to substantial back-office operations of such major financial companies as J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, USAA and Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.

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St. Pete murals paint narrative about local arts centric urban culture

Be careful when you're driving through downtown St. Petersburg because you're likely to be distracted by the fabulous array of murals popping up on flat surfaces everywhere.

Better yet, park the car and get out and walk to get the best perspective on the local urban lifestyle.

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Fracking in Florida? UF scientists dig deep to uncover potential

What would be the effect on Florida's environment if fracking becomes widespread?

Two researchers from the University of Florida -- a geophysicist and a geologist -- explain what they think could happen.

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Make Tampa more bicycle, pedestrian friendly

Tampa and other cities in the Tampa Bay region have invested tax dollars in recent years to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, but much remains to be done in our traditional car-centric culture.

A collaborative effort by local, state and national transportation thought leaders and urban designers could help transform the region.

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Download Florida Stories app to take walking history tour of Ybor City

A new app created by friends of Ybor City is now available for download. Smart phone users can follow along with an oral history about Jose Marti's experiences in Tampa in the 1800s.

The app represents a partnership among the Florida Humanities, the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tampa Bay and Tucker Hall. Long-time Historian Gary Mormino provides the narrative.

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Tampa Bay Times wins 2 more Pulitzer prizes

The Tampa Bay Times won two more Pulitzer prizes, this time for stories published in 2015.  

The Pulitzer for local reporting went to Times Reporters Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner for a series of stories on "Failure Factories,'' the headline describing Pinellas County schools left behind after desegregation.

The Pulitzer for investigative reporting went to Times Reporters Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, and Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for a series of stories on Florida's failure to properly serve the state's mentally ill.

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Which large U.S. airport is favorite among fliers?

The airline passenger experience doesn't get any better than at Tampa International Airport. A USA Today poll finds fliers prefer Tampa's airport over all others. 

Next among the top picks? Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Chicago Midway and Atlanta.

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