• How some cities are planning to revive neighborhoods - without displacement
    ATLANTA - The crumbling neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City stand in stark contrast to the bustling downtown area less than two miles away that has become a tourist magnet with such attractions as CNN Center and World of Coca-Cola.But the neighborhoods - longtime home to a stable population ... read more
    By By Haisten Willis Special To The Washington Post
  • Old World dazzle on Siesta Key
    If there is a signature feature in the palatial home that Asanka and Marion Weerasuriya built on Cocoanut Bayou on Siesta Key, it may be the dark rose, six-foot-long marble bath tub in their second-floor master suite. It explains the homeowners' obsession with authentic details as they envisioned their home ... read more
    By Dan WagnerMarsha Fottler
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Don't judge a house until its completion
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally ran on July 29, 2012"Have you seen that new house on Orange Avenue? My, it's big! So much bigger than the other houses in the neighborhood.""And look at that roof! What ... read more
  • Market snapshot: Lakeridge Falls, Sarasota
    In November, Lakeridge Falls will celebrate the official opening of its new clubhouse. The 55+ community located north of University Parkway between Tuttle Avenue and Lockwood Ridge Road has been looking forward to the completion of the project that has taken more than five years.Most communities when they renovate their ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 67: Columbia Restaurant, 1903-05, Tampa
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This article originally ran on March 28, 2018.The venerable Columbia Restaurant has locations in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Celebration and Clearwater Beach, and two smaller cafes in Tampa, and I've eaten at all but two ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Sarasota Housing Authority's Lofts on Lemon affordable housing project approved
    The Lofts on Lemon affordable and workforce housing project moved closer to ground-breaking when the city of Sarasota approved the site plan on Wednesday. The Sarasota Housing Authority only needs a building permit to begin construction on a five-story, multi-family structure containing 130 dwelling units - designed to help alleviate ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • For University Park Recreation District, legal fight ends
    An utterly unpredictable stroke of luck ended a legal battle challenging the legitimacy of the University Park Recreation District on Monday. Interest rates on municipal bonds fell dramatically, leading to a savings of $5 million in payments over 30 years. That brought the parties together to settle the case.The ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Sarasota Memorial gets green light to build parking deck
    SARASOTA - The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System gained final site plan approval on Friday to build a second level of parking over the existing ground floor spots facing Second Street and Goodrich Avenue at the former Herald-Tribune building on Main Street."Acquiring the 72,408 square-foot, three-story building at 1741 Main Street ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Platinum LEED home in Bradenton boasts top-rated energy efficiency and sustainability
    Apparently, once people learn some details about environmentally friendly construction, top-rated energy efficiency and sustainability, their interest heightens. Ken Lorenze's inspiration is a case in point, though he and his wife, Fran, started from an environmentally conscious position.After the Lorenzes purchased their villa in the Platinum LEED neighborhood in the ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • HAROLD BUBIL: First-world real estate tribulations
    Editor's note: While Harold Bubil takes some time off, we'll reprise some of his popular columns. This column originally appeared in October 2013.Passing some very long moments in a clothing store recently, I picked up a little book they were selling called "First World Problems."The book is a hilarious compendium ... read more