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Life as we blow it: St. Pete’s evolving identity

Photo by Meaghan Habuda for @cl_tampabay

Photo by Meaghan Habuda for @cl_tampabay

A couple of weeks back, a few different elements coalesced to get me thinking about the city in which I live: the ongoing construction of yet another massive (maybe the tallest in the Bay area?) condo, the emergence of demand for a new downtown noise ordinance (made mostly by people who moved to downtown St. Pete for the vibrant culture, and now want to silence it when they’re ready for bed), and the arrival of a new pool/party area to hip downtown boutique hotel The Hollander—and its rent-a-cabana-by-the-hour policy, which to some sounds a bit like the kind of Vegas-style day-clubbing experience that might attract an element (read: rich bros) anathema to the city’s more, er, hipster-y characteristics.

The column wasn’t about these things in particular, but the Hollander specifically served as a nice jumping-off point to discuss St. Petersburg’s evolving identity, and to ask people in the community what they want “their” St. Pete to be.

It got a nice variety of responses, of the type you hope to get with such a post rather than the type you usually get with such a post. You can read the column and comments here.


Pale Horse Gallery Moving Sale in St. Pete

Chris Parks and the rest of the talented crew that works with downtown St. Petersburg’s Pale Horse Gallery–along with Orlando’s Hydro 74, they’re the folks responsible for the great, forward-thinking Back In Black T-shirt art exhibitions–are moving from their 9th Street location to a new digs amid the exploding cultural scene on Central Avenue’s 600 block, and they need to unload a ton of stuff to make the transition a little easier.

Shirts, prints, original artwork, toys, office supplies, art magazines and more will all be available for sale this weekend, June 12 & 13, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity both for helping out the St. Pete art scene, and grabbing yourself some one-of-a-kind works and/or memorabilia. The “old” gallery space where the sale is going down is located at 19 9th Street South.