St. Pete Pride Fest in St. Pete on Central Avenue. <span class='image-credits'>Amber Sigman</span> Friends and neighbors gather daily at the West Tampa Sandwich Shop on North Armenia. <span class='image-credits'>Amber Sigman</span> The new "Taking a Walk on the Wild Side" mural in Safety Harbor contributed by 15 Tampa Bay artists.  <span class='image-credits'>Amber Sigman</span>

Taking a look back -- a few of our most popular stories in 2019


Feature StoryShopping at Duckweed Urban Market

10 Years of Change: Urban scene evolves in Downtown Tampa, St. Pete

The rebirths of downtowns in Tampa and St. Pete track well with what the coolest American cities are experiencing over the last decade as the urban lifestyle becomes increasingly attractive to talented people from across the globe. 

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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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Clearwater's next emerging neighborhood? North Marina district

Clearwater Brewing Company carves out territory as an urban pioneer in the North Marina district, a 55-acre area north of downtown that city leaders aim to invigorate through public and private investments.

Feature StoryCalvin Williams, vice president for Administrative Services at USF, signs the 20-foot long, 800-pound beam placed on top of the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

Change is coming: Development projects to watch in 2019

What’s next on the horizon in Tampa Bay Area’s fastest-growing downtowns? Here’s the latest from developers creating transformational change in Tampa and St. Petersburg.  

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Commuter story: Bicycling to work in Tampa

What's it really like to commute by bicycle in Tampa? Read a daily journal kept by bicycling advocate Christine Acosta as part of #commuterchallenge19. 

Feature StoryAttendees at the first Sunny Side Up forum wait in the lobby of Lynn Pippenger Hall at the USFSP College of Business.

St. Pete joins U.S. Ignite smart city ecosystem

St. Petersburg is one of 27 cities around the country partnering with U.S. Ignite to share ideas about emerging and disruptive technologies that will shape smart, connected communities of the future.

Feature StoryKai Kai Chang and Joanne Meredith admire the shrimp plant in the butterfly garden where no pesticides are used because they kill not only bad insects, but good insects too, including caterpillars.

How Tampa Bay Area gardeners innovate to save butterflies, other pollinators in Florida

What does a Florida-friendly landscape look like? Check out the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens in north Tampa to see how native plants can thrive in your Tampa Bay Area yard.

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Medical marijuana: A Catch-22 for Florida residents, researchers

A supermajority of Sunshine State voters approved legalizing cannabis for medical use in 2016. But as of today, Florida's doctors and researchers say they're still waiting for the smoke to clear before cannabis can make concrete clinical progress. Learn more.

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For Good: Kindness Matters reaches out to homeless in Tampa

Why does a small group of women led by Surgeon Sylvia Campbell spend Saturday mornings feeding the homeless in downtown Tampa? It's all about gratitude and hope, powerful tools for good.

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Should I stay or should I go? Make hurricane evacuation plans now -- before you need them

If a hurricane starts heading for the Tampa Bay Area, would you be ready? Whether you plan to stay or plan to go, what more do you need to do to be prepared? Read on to learn what the experts advise.

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Video: Mountain Unicycling, Hillsborough CountyRead Article

Mountain unicycling enthusiasts love to take to the trails carved out of the banks of the Alafia River southeast of Tampa. Follow along in this video-photo slideshow as Jason Dominic, John Moriarty and Ed Francavilla conquer the hills.


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

Largo sees new apartments, shops, streetscaping

Development NewsTurtle Care Center

Florida Aquarium opens Sea Turtle Rehab Center

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West Tampa

West Tampa is an historic Tampa neighborhood undergoing transformational change as new people and businesses move in. Traditionally defined by its working class, primarily Latin culture, the neighborhood is increasingly seen as a place of opportunity for a diversity of ...