Former mayor Rick Baker backs driverless vehicle technology
Former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker has been added to the Advisory Board of California-based Coast Autonomous, a company that makes experimental, self-driving electric vehicles for cities looking to ease their mass transit woes.
“Cities matter,” Baker said in a statement released by Coast. “We are at the beginning of an enormous wave of change that will improve the daily lives of people living in cities around the world. Properly focused on the pedestrian, self-driving vehicles will make cities more user-friendly, safe, comfortable, productive and interesting.”
Success story: Doug and Michelle Allen of Bananas Music
After 41 successful years in business, the truth about Doug Allen can now be told: He’s a pack rat. “He’s a hoarder,” laughs Michelle Middleton Allen, his wife and partner in Bananas Music. “He’s worse than a pack rat.”
With an inventory of more than three million pre-owned vinyl records, Bananas is one of the largest aftermarket record stores in the world. The Allens operate a retail outlet, which also includes new product, plus a 6,500 square foot warehouse that’s wall-to-wall records, all carefully categorized, alphabetized and neatly stored on shelves.
What’s next for the EDGE district’s OpenHouse space?
Since early 2018, that space has been home to the pop-up restaurant and event space known as OpenHouse St. Pete. It has housed pop-up St. Pete Pride events, World Cup soccer watch parties, and private events of every flavor.
Now, as the sign reads, it will become the home of Baum Ave Market, starting in September.