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What role did Florida play in American history? La Florida digs deeper

Researchers at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are taking a deeper dive into Florida’s early history as a Spanish outpost, an often overlooked chapter in American history. Learn more.

Development News.

New design details for Sparkman Wharf in Water Street Tampa

Strategic Property Partners (SPP) plans to target creative and innovation-oriented tenants with loft-like designs that include 40-foot-high ceilings, waterfront views, natural lighting, and outdoor terrace space.

Feature Story A bounty of vegetables growing in the Urban Food Park.

St. Pete Land Trust to create tiny house community, urban farm

A St. Petersburg Charitable Land Trust is creating an innovative urban community that will combine affordable housing, an educational community garden, and a school for at-risk youth.

Feature StoryValhalla consignment shop

Tampa Bay resale: Premium shops highlight circular economy

Thanks to Marie Kondo converts and classic springtime cleanouts, local clothing resale stores are doubling as treasure troves for buying and selling your stuff.

BuzzTampa skyline from e-boat

Outgoing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn: Our best days are yet to come

Tampa offers young professionals a better opportunity than other cities across America, says outgoing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn as he says so long in a special video story tracking the past 8 years.

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Fresh Art International podcast features Tampa art scene

The growing momentum behind the local arts scene in and around Tampa and St. Petersburg is featured by Fresh Art International podcast.

Innovation NewsECHO Handmade lead artisan, Roslyn Johnson, left, with ECHO Handmade coordinator, Jennifer Fesperman.

ECHO of Brandon selected for prestigious training opportunity

As a participant in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, ECHO of Brandon executive director Eleanor Saunders is learning how to run her nonprofit like a business. It will help her continue growing ECHO Handmade, the nonprofit's social enterprise arm that has been operating since 2016.

Development News.

Tampa plans Complete Street design for part of Columbus Drive

Tampa's efforts to create a bicycle grid network as a transportation alternative to the car take another step with a Complete Street project on East Columbus Drive.

Development NewsBiking in Dunedin.

Forward Pinellas launches crowdsourcing tool to get public input on bike/ped plan

Forward Pinellas is using crowdsourcing and interactive mapping to get more public input on bicycle and pedestrian priorities 

Feature StoryArtists & Writers Ball, Ybor City, 1980s.

Book excerpt: Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s Creative Ghetto by Paul Wilborn

The Palladium Executive Director Paul Wilborn writes a collection of linked short stories about the young artists, writers, poets, musicians and actors who inhabited Tampa’s Ybor City in the 1980s. Read an excerpt.

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Influencers make history in Tampa, Hillsborough County

Three black elected officials in Tampa and Hillsborough County recently lamented the lack of attention given to their special place in history as role models for the next generation of a diverse local population. Here is their story.

Innovation News.

For Good: WellBuilt Bikes grooms next generation for careers

Tampa nonprofit WellBuilt Bikes is working with teens and young adults from Pepin Academies and Eckerd Connects to teach them job skills that could lead to a career working with bikes -- or anything else they set their minds to do. 

Development News.

Work continues on Selmon Extension till 2020

While it's still a year-and-a-half away from completion, the massive Selmon Extension project to ease and avoid congestion on Gandy Boulevard is moving ahead on schedule. 

For GoodHomes near Reedy Creek

The Last Green Thread: New documentary focuses on vanishing green space in Florida

A panel discussion following the screening of The Last Green Thread at Tampa Theatre features producers and supporters of the documentary, including members of the local faith community.

Development News.

Rooftop Bar M. Bird opens at Armature Works in Tampa

M. Bird, a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the sunset and Tampa skyline, is the latest addition to Armature Works in the Tampa Heights neighborhood. 

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What's next for newly named Uptown District in Tampa?

North Tampa neighborhoods surrounding the University of South Florida campus are experiencing a rebirth with major new investments coming to the area now being called the Uptown District.

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Design Week pop-up in Tampa: Marion Street abuzz with activity

The Move on Marion Downtown Tampa Pop-Up Party is the start of a week dedicated to urban design and tactical urbanism. Read up on how you can plug in.

Development News.

People start moving into Westshore Marina District

The Tampa side of the Gandy Bridge is seeing major changes with the ongoing development of the upscale, mixed-use Westshore Marina District. 

Development NewsLargo's redevelopment includes new apartments near Pinellas Trail.

Largo sees new apartments, shops, streetscaping

Mixed-use developments and public investments are helping Largo's long-sought redevelopment build momentum. 

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