When I moved to St. Pete in 1995 there wasn’t a whole lot going on, and downtown was a bit of a ghost town. Fast forward to today, and it’s barely recognizable. Developers have added some very cool buildings with thousands of residential retail and rental units in them, driving even further development as more people bring more commerce which brings more people which brings more…well, you get the picture. In just two examples of what’s happening, ONE St. Petersburg continues to rush towards completion as the tallest building in St. Pete in the 4th quarter of this year, and the new James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art opens this weekend right across the street from ONE. 

In a very timely piece for Market Update Monday, Susan Taylor Martin of the Tampa Bay Times published a comprehensive list of the current and planned construction in today’s paper, along with some insight into what continues to drive growth, what the industry thinks of St. Pete’s continued viability as a destination, and what some of the locals are feeling in regards to all the new development. You can read that article here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/17-projects-500-million-set-to-transform-St-Pete-s-skyline_164128282

Our city looks dramatically different than it did 10 years ago, and in 5 years it will look even more different. But at it’s core, it’s the people that make the city, and I’m confident that we’ll continue to be a friendly, funky, vibrant city well into the coming decades. Onward and Upward!