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Op-Ed: Tampa Bay Needs More, Denser Housing

With rents skyrocketing and the region facing a steep housing shortage, housing advocates argue now is the time for zoning reform that encourages missing middle housing and transit-oriented development.

January 18, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

Rendering of SunRunner bus station with passengers boarding

Tampa Bay Bus Rapid Transit To Launch in October

Tampa Bay’s first bus rapid transit line, the SunRunner, has an official opening date.

July 14, 2022 - Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Storm

Resilience and Affordable Housing Key Topics at Florida Conference

The conference brought together local planners and policymakers to develop strategies for boosting resilience in coastal areas while maintaining affordable housing stock.

May 13, 2022 - St. Pete Catalyst

Downtown Tampa skyline

Tampa Bay Commits to Electric Regional Rapid Transit

The transit agency’s board voted to use all-electric buses in its planned bus rapid transit fleet, but criticism of plans to expand a freeway to accommodate the new route remain.

April 27, 2022 - Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Skyline

South Florida Renters Struggle To Find Affordable Housing

Tenants in Tampa Bay are finding it increasingly difficult to access stable housing as rents rise and affordable building stock dwindles.

February 16, 2022 - News4Jax

A SunRunner bus

Double First: The First Station on Tampa Bay's First BRT Line Complete

The first of 15 bus rapid transit stations in St. Petersburg was unveiled last week.

December 8, 2021 - St. Pete Catalyst

Space X

Tampa Area Spending $1 Million to Study the Hyperloop

Another regional transit authority isn't as skeptical about the Hyperloop as many critics in the transit and technology press.

September 29, 2020 - Naples Daily News

Home Sold Sign

How One Startup Approaches Rent-To-Own

Founded two years ago, Divvy buys homes for cash and then leases them to tenants who apply part of their rent toward a down payment.

November 25, 2019 - Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Storm

Tampa Bay Isn't Prepared for the Hurricanes of the Future

The area is especially vulnerable to storm surge, and increased development means more people are at risk when major hurricanes push through.

September 26, 2019 - Vox

Interstate 4 - Florida

Environmentalists Urge Gov. Ron DeSantis to Veto Florida Toll Roads Bill

Florida has the distinction of having more toll roads than any other state. Environmentalists want Gov. DeSantis (R) to veto a bill that would build three new ones, adding over three hundred miles of asphalt through mostly rural, unpopulated areas.

May 17, 2019 - South Florida Sun Sentinel

Hillsborough River

NAACP Leader Opposes Tampa Bay Sales Tax for Transit

Yvette Lewis, who heads the Hillsborough NAACP, says the tax would not do enough to help those outside the city center.

October 30, 2018 - Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority

Tampa Bus Project In Jeopardy, Waiting for Funds From Trump’s Federal Transit Administration

The St. Petersburg Bus Rapid Transit is waiting for funding promised by Congress but yet to be paid out by the Federal Transit Administration.

October 2, 2018 - Tampa Bay Times

Florida

Massive Waterfront Investment 'Reinvents' Tampa

After decades of planning, the city hopes several huge developments will draw millenials and empty-nesters.

June 25, 2018 - Curbed

New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina

Homeland Security Advisor Recognizes Effects of Climate Change, Ignores Causes

In response to a question linking Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to climate change, White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert appeared to recognize the need to adapt. He qualified his statement regarding the "cause" of said climate change.

September 14, 2017 - The Washington Post

Tampa Bay Storm

A Hurricane in Tampa Bay Could Surpass Katrina's Destruction

It's been a century since a hurricane larger than category three has scored a direct hit on the Tampa Bay region. If a storm arrives to change that streak of luck, it will find a region severly underprepared to deal with the effects of sea-level rise

August 13, 2017 - The Washington Post

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority

Tampa Bay's HART Bus System will Lose 20 Percent of its Routes

Cuts mean an already meager transit service will cover less of the sprawling Hillsburough County Community.

August 12, 2017 - Tampa Bay Times

Baseball

Florida Stadium Consultant Built a Questionable Model to Justify Stadium Deals

Mark Bonn PHD who has been used by teams looking to secure public financing for stadiums, assumed that the vast majority of people attending Blue Jays spring training games wouldn't live in the county where the games were played.

April 20, 2017 - Deadspin

Tampa Bay Hasn't Invested in Public Transit, and it Shows

In terms of travel times, jobs, and facilities, Tampa Bay ranks last or close to last in every category that measures public transit service and spending.

February 24, 2017 - Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority

Bus Ridership Plummets Across the Tampa Bay Region

Bus ridership in the Tampa Bay region dropped for the first time after six straight years of growth.

January 28, 2017 - Tampa Bay Times

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Traffic Projections Missing from $6 Billion Tampa Bay Express Toll Road Plans

A Tampa Bay Times columnist continues a crusade against the faulty projections that enable toll road construction projects in Florida, and the sprawling development patterns that follow.

June 21, 2016 - Tampa Bay Times

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