St. Petersburg, Florida, goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout

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The building housing the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., has avant-garde architecture making it a work of art itself. Courtesy of Katherine Rodeghier

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The city’s old tongue-in-cheek nickname dates from the days when it was just another Sunshine State retirement community, one that lost its vibrancy as its elderly population aged. Twenty years ago there were no restaurants to speak of in downtown St. Pete, said Stanek, and Central Avenue was lined with “dusty old antique shops that never sold anything.” After the 2008 recession the city deteriorated, but the accompanying real estate crash made property more affordable for young people and small, startup businesses. It sparked a renaissance that’s transformed St. Pete into a very livable, walkable city, said Stanek.

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