I-175: The legacy of interstates and why St. Pete’s is so important

As the City of St. Petersburg looks forward to the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site, one particular on-again, off-again issue remains – the possibility of razing I-175. This 1.3 mile stretch of interstate bisects the city of St. Petersburg, cutting the heart of the city in half. The interstate creates an impermeable barrier unconquerable by foot, further widening the North/South racial dividing line.

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City pushes forward with ‘Complete Streets’ project on MLK

The city’s plan to reconfigure a busy stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street – aka 9th Street – initially drew skepticism and ire from business owners along the retail corridor.

The Mayor Rick Kriseman-endorsed “Complete Streets” initiative will reduce sections of the road – between 4th and 30th Avenues N – from four traffic lanes to three, adding two wide bike lanes, with traffic buffers, and a landscaped center strip. The roadway is being re-measured, reconfigured and resurfaced. It will not, at any point, become a fully one-way thoroughfare.

Construction began in late August.

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Cyber Security conference set for Oct. 10-11 in Tampa

Hundreds of cybersecurity practitioners, executives, policymakers, educators, students and other stakeholders in the industry will visit Tampa Oct. 10 and 11 for the fifth annual Florida Cyber Conference, hosted by the Florida Center for Cyber Security (aka Cyber Florida).

Cyber Florida’s event will include speakers from Raymond James Financial, University of South Florida, FBI, NICE, RSA, and EY, covering topics such as crisis management, GDPR, workforce development, IoT and cybercrime syndicates.

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[Creative Mornings] Hank Hine - The Dali Museum

Jorge Guillen, who wrote a poem called Más Allá (the Beyond), says that the beyond depends on light, on sound, on happiness—things that break the bonds of the eternal day. Dalí Museum Director Hank Hine instructs us on the two ways to get Beyond: one you’re already doing…the other, probably not.

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The Hustle

Sara Weaver (Bandit Coffee Co.)

Since its inception two years ago, Bandit Coffee Co. has elevated the St. Pete coffee scene to new heights. Beloved for its curation of top-tier coffee and tunes, Bandit Coffee is also known for standing up for its values, thanks to owners Sarah (a St. Pete native) and Joshua Weaver.

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A distinguished member of the Clearwater tech hub, Malwarebytes offers a host of cybersecurity solutions for a variety of platforms.

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The Shuffle

Tim Hudson
CFO Strategic Partners

Patrick Worsham
Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa


Jason Mathis
St Pete Downtown Partnership

Focus: Reporting

I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism. Now It's Time For It To Go Away.

Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed. Candidate Donald Trump took advantage of a stubborn refusal to recognize the power of right-wing ideology and celebrity politics and politically motivated hacking.


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ACUMEN: Courage

What Does Courageous Philanthropy Look Like? [United Philanthropy Forum]

Oliphant’s words were so beautiful and powerful that I’ve pulled whole passages from his remarks for this post. Trying to paraphrase would not do justice to his masterful writing or his urgent message. Before talking about what courage in philanthropy looks like for the field of philanthropy, Oliphant urged us to think about what courage means on a personal level for the people around us.

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