St. Petersburg’s newest hotel opens with craft beers, cocktails and Cozy Corners

Last spring, Ryan Tarrant applied for a job with the new Hyatt Place nearing completion in downtown St. Petersburg. Among the questions an interviewer asked:What does this hotel need to succeed?”I said, you’ve got to be involved with the arts,” Tarrant recalls. “You have to have craft beers. You have to have craft cocktails because […]

$200 million later, why are St. Pete’s poor black neighborhoods worse off?

The predominantly black, high-poverty neighborhoods south of Central Avenue have long attracted politicians courting voters with plans to turn them around.Improving the neighborhoods he dubbed Midtown was key to former Mayor Rick Baker’s vision in 2001 of a “Seamless City” where persistent racial and economic inequities would melt away. Thirteen years later, newly elected Mayor […]

The mall isn’t dead. It’s alive and well in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village | Tampa Bay Times

Its charming open-air streets and slew of high end restaurants and boutiques made it the shopping destination in the entire Tampa Bay region. But when International Plaza opened in 2001, it took many of Hyde Park’s long-standing tenants with it. The village struggled for years as new owners came and went without investing much in […]