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St. Pete 2.0: Keeping the St. Pete vibe while planning for growth [Survey closed]

Jason Mathis



The St. Petersburg renaissance has been in full swing for over a decade. We’ve excelled in many areas and struggled in others. In our series, St. Pete 2.0, we’re partnering with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership to explore what lies on the other side of our potential – what will it take to move to the “next level” as a city? Through this series, we’ll dig into specific topics with the hope that you, our thoughtful citizens, will share your insight, experience and wisdom. 
Over the past few months, several new high-rises have been announced that will change St. Petersburg’s skyline forever. The long-awaited high-rise condo and hotel building on the 400 block; the new UPC Insurance headquarters; and the Edge District Hotel are just a few of the many projects breaking ground in the coming months. The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership is an economic development organization, and we support community prosperity. Growth is good and the Downtown Partnership supports high quality, sustainable projects that provide more places for people to live, work and play in our community.
But we are not pro-development for the sake of development. We are also not pro-preservation for the sake of preservation. We know that growth is inevitable and our community will continue to evolve. Evolution is the sign of a healthy and thriving city. And we want to ensure that as we grow, we are building on the values that have helped to make St. Petersburg such an incredible community.
But we really want to know what you think.
What are your thoughts on preservation and development in St. Pete? How can St. Petersburg balance attracting incoming residents with maintaining a high quality of life for established residents? How would you like to see St. Petersburg look in 10 years?

The survey has ended. 

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    Mark O'Malley

    July 29, 2019at7:30 pm

    Glad you asked! First, as usual, and certainly in this state with so many white male developers with ZERO taste, they are quickly ruining what made St. Pete cool. It’s tragic, absolutely tragic to see the development downtown. OF COURSE it’s BEIGE. It’s classic, white male, christian development. I mean seriously, these people are still wearing pleated khakis. That’s all you need to know. By the time the city wakes up and realizes we let these developers crap all over our city (both residential and commercial, I’m speaking to YOU Modern Tampa Bay Crap Homes), and all over our beautiful waterways, it will be too late. As long as men make money, to hell with with environment, to hell with ruining neighborhoods, etc., it’s all about the $$ and sadly, the people who would help to stop them, smart, intelligent people from larger cities, are not here yet. They are coming, but I think they are going to turn around when they realize it’s still a city where beige rules and men still wear pants with pleats. St. Pete is a tragic story of unbelievable beauty that we let white male developers trample on without any constraints. Great job. Tragic.

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    Leslye McNeil

    July 30, 2019at5:02 am

    A lack of rent control combined with increased home prices has made it difficult for St Pete natives, especially young people just starting out. High rent costs impact small businesses as well, forcing them to either shutdown or increase prices.

    In addition, there needs to be a focus on efficient public transportation.

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    Mike Connelly

    July 31, 2019at12:24 pm

    Hindsight is foresight that happens too late.

    St. Petersburg has been “Ft. Lauderdaled!!”


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