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Sue Carlton - Urban Affairs Reporter

Urban Affairs Reporter

My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but, especially now as downtown seems to grow by the day. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless, and a parade of political characters let's just call interesting - and been an editor, too. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, café con leche and the Deep South. Next assignment: urban affairs — how our cities are changing, and fast, and what's next for us.

  1. Suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, left, speaks during a news conference Wednesday with his attorney, Jean-Jacques Cabou, right, in Tallahassee.
  2. Kimberly Sadler, a legal assistant, strolls through Lykes Gaslight Park while on a break from work. Sadler said employees at her office returned to working three days a week in the office this spring.
  3. Andrew Warren at a press conference hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him from his job as Hillsborough State Attorney.
  4. Gobernador de Florida Ron DeSantis (izq) ; el fiscal estatal de Tampa Andrew Warren.
  5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren.
  6. Publix accused an online company of using a logo that was too close for comfort. JUSTINE GRIFFIN | Times (2019)
  7. Arielle McCarthy of Dunedin talks to her daughter, Gianna Ohler, 7, at a stoplight in a golf cart rented recently from the new Channelside Golf Cart Rentals in downtown Tampa. "We had a blast," McCarthy said.
  8. Ederney Arismendis works on a shoe at Reina Shoe Repair in downtown Tampa. A shoe repair shop has existed in this space for nearly 100 years.
  9. In a screenshot from body camera video, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy points his service pistol at 32-year-old Jonathan Huertas Reyes at the Bristol Bay Apartments in Tampa early Sunday. The deputy was one of three who opened fire on Huertas Reyes after he picked up a gun, according to the Sheriff's Office. Reyes was hit at least once and pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital.
  10. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor starts the demolition of the former Ardent Mills flour mill on Friday to make room for what's next at Water Street Tampa.
  11. In downtown Tampa, Jeremy Freeman, left, of Metropolitan Ministries mobile outreach BrigAIDe, hands a bottled water to Jorge Jimenez, 58, who is homeless.
  12. Alice Cullen, a Downtown Tampa Partnership guide, looks for visitors who need help as she walks around the city.
  13. Joe Redner, 82, sits near an original sign for his famous Mons Venus strip club at his business office in Tampa.
  14. Litter is scattered in a small creek near a bridge just north of downtown Tampa. The city is about to embark on an anti-trash campaign called "Keep It Clean, Tampa."
  15. From left: Shurya Islam, 18, and Amina Islam, 21, both of Chicago, ride a historic TECO streetcar on Monday, June 27 in Tampa. The streetcar is experiencing its highest ridership in modern times due to development in Water Street and events in downtown Tampa.
  16. A rendering for plans of the extension of the Epicurean hotel in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood.
  17. Maya Rabaut, de cinco años, colorea durante un evento en el que la jefa de policía de Tampa, Mary O'Connor, entregó una proclamación a los capítulos de Florida de Moms Demand Action y Students Demand Action en nombre de la alcaldesa Jane Castor, considerando el 3 de junio como el Día Nacional de Concientización sobre la Violencia Armada en viernes, 3 de junio de 2022 en Tampa.
  18. Maya Rabaut, 5, colors during a June 3 event at which Tampa Police Chief Chief Mary O’Connor delivered a proclamation to the Florida Chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, deeming that day National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
  19. Christopher Bowen, chief development strategist for RD Management, poses for a portrait at the old University Mall property on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Tampa.

The company has taken over mall property with big plans for what's being called RITHM@Uptown — a 113-acre multi-story, urban neighborhood development and innovation community.
  20. Rick Terrana, longtime criminal defense lawyer, at his new downtown Tampa office at Morgan & Morgan, where he's now handling civil cases.
  21. Shoppers stroll through University Square Mall in Tampa in 1988. Back then, everyone went to the mall.
  22. This Buddha, right, was one of the very few items that survived the fire that destroyed Saigon Bay restaurant during unrest in Tampa over the killing of George Floyd two years ago. Today, the Buddha lives on at the restaurant's newly-opened location in Temple Terrace.
  23. Laura Conner, 52, left, and Tiffani Conner, 51, right, get emotional after being pronounced married at a group wedding ceremony for LGBTQ+ couples outside the Tampa courthouse downtown Thursday during Pride Month.
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