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From the early 1900s on, segregation limited St. Petersburg's black residents to specific areas. There was once a large black neighborhood north of Central Avenue, but as the years passed most blacks congregated south of Central. Integration opened the city up, diverse communities emerged, yet stereotypes remain. To the south, St. Petersburg includes places like Coquina Key, Pinellas Point and historic Midtown, where life's daily dramas unfold, some as struggles, some as triumphs. In the coming months, Neighborhood Times will feature slice-of-life stories that often go untold.

Chris Zuppa: To the south, St. Petersburg includes places like Coquina Key, Pinellas Point and historic Midtown - neighborhoods where life's daily dramas unfold, some as struggles, some as triumphs. Here are slice-of-life stories that often go untold.
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Chris Zuppa grew up savoring Southern sweet tea and grits in Florence, S.C. He studied art at Furman University and journalism at the University of Missouri. Zuppa currently works as a general assignment photojournalist for the St. Petersburg Times, covering sports, politics, entertainment and social issues. While his work has been recognized by various competitions, the best reward is when one of his images effects positive social change and awareness. He advocates telling the smaller stories that go unnoticed by mainstream media, giving the voiceless a voice. Zuppa lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two sons.


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From Central Avenue south:
St. Petersburg neighborhood life in photos and words