Making a list or two here or there is always good for a city's ego. Making the New York Times' list of 52 places you should go in 2014 out of all the thousands of great spots in the world is likely going to be good for the city's tourism industry if it can capitalize on it.
In a list that featured such places as Scotland, Croatia, South Africa and New Zealand among others, St. Petersburg clocked in at No. 49. It was one of nine U.S. cities that made the list. The others were Nashville, downtown L.A., downtown Atlanta, Niagara Falls, a new national lands park in Northern California, Indianapolis, Tahoe, Calif., and Aspen, Colo.
In singling out the reason for people to visit, the Times cited "a redeveloped waterfront, a stunning Dali Museum, and sophisticated restaurants in place" and said " the downtown energy is now heading up historic Central Avenue, thanks in part to the craft beer scene." It also mentioned Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing and the Hollander Tap Room.
See the full list at Links in today's Times at tampabay.com.