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cityofbradenton.com

Everyone knows about the excitement of Manhattan, but Southern Business and Development is singing the praises of America's not-so-big downtowns. The magazine is out with a list of "Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South."

The mag gave props to Bradenton for its laid-back vibe, theater scene and redeveloped Riverwalk, which debuted in October 2012. Here's an excerpt:

New Downtown Tampa Arts & Entertainment Pass

Apr 1, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

If you're looking to grab a deal in your own backyard, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has launched a discounted pass to check out various locations in Downtown. 

The Downtown A&E Pass offers:

Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa Reopens

May 18, 2012
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According to the Tampa Bay Times, one northbound lane and two southbound lanes of Ashley Drive are reopened  Friday at Polk Street. A railroad construction project in Downtown Tampa is moving along ahead of schedule.

CSX is replacing railroad tracks along Polk Street. The project was expected to take three weeks to complete. Ashley Drive was closed since May 7.

Officials say they expect to reopen all Ashley Drive lanes by next week.