February 11, 2016 Sally Dee

Downtown St. Petersburg – The Changing Face of Paradise

Downtown St. Petersburg – The Changing Face of Paradise

Florida Trend Magazine describes the city of St. Petersburg as, “The Changing Face of Paradise.” Downtown St. Petersburg is experiencing a renaissance which has been in the making for the ten years and is still evolving. The city is feeling a boom in every sector, Marine Science, Medical, Technology, Arts and Higher Education, with a focus on the quality of life and community at the heart of it all. Residents are proud of their city and want to be a part of making it an even better place for future generations to enjoy.

According to Bob Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, “There is really no other West Coast city offering what this one has in terms of waterfront parks and cultural amenities.” The City boasts seven miles of downtown waterfront with double wide sidewalks, lush landscaping and outdoor cafes. There are over 35 miles of bike trails in St. Petersburg and an impressive $46 million Pier project, which will feature a waterfront multi-use park in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, once construction is completed.

Monthly art walks, a variety of world-renowned galleries and museums, including the Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, bring the artistic lifestyle into every aspect of living here. The SHINE Mural Fest re-invigorated the landscape of many facades with giant murals on buildings throughout the downtown district. And the art scene continues to grow, with the Museum for Arts and Crafts Movement already breaking ground on what will be the will be the largest museum of its kind in the United States. Mahaffey Theatre hosts The Florida Orchestra as well as artists from all over the country that enjoy playing there or one of the many other venues located in Downtown St. Pete.

Companies searching for cities that offer their employees enhanced quality of life are flocking to St. Petersburg. Jabil, one of the largest electronics manufacturer in the world, has their corporate headquarters here. Major medical facilities, like All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins Medicine, Bayfront Medical Center and St. Anthony’s have all seen expansion and growth in the last few years.

With waterfront views, sunshine most every day of the year, plenty of green space, a booming job market, and a diverse population that includes people from all over the world, St. Petersburg is on the map as one of the greatest cities in Florida, or maybe in the entire United States!

Here are just a few of the accolades that St. Petersburg has received in the past two years:

#1 Fittest Metro in Florida/ #27 in the US (American College of Sports Medicine 2015)
#2 Most Beautiful City in the US (The Culture Trip 2015)
#12 US Metro for Small Business (Biz2Credit 2014)
#1 Town for Craft Lovers (American Craft Week 2015)
#8 Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs (WalletHub 2014)
#4 in Top 10 List of America’s Most Underrated Cities (Conde Nast 2016)

To ready the Florida Trend article in its entirety and for more information on Downtown St. Petersburg, please, click here.

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