The Amazon Effect: Mr. Bezos goes to Washington

Amazon is quietly building a significant base of influence in the nation’s capital, cracking the top 20 lobbying spenders last year, increasing its political donations, and selling more than a billion dollars’ worth of cloud services to the federal government.

Why big cities thrive, and smaller ones are being left behind

Whether they rely on steel mills or coal mines, or a hospital or a manufacturing plant, small metropolitan areas are having a hard time adapting to economic transitions.

This city is the ‘hipster capital’ of the United States

So long Seattle. Peace out Portland. The hipster capital of the United States is now Columbus. (Or Cbus. Or whatever the hipsters call it these days.) Yelp and Realtor.com have named Columbus the place for hipsters — ahead of Seattle, San Francisco and 297 other cities in the United States. And, according to the two companies, the hottest hipster neighborhood is Clintonville. (More on that later.) The two companies used a ” hipster score” that involves cross-referencing Realtor.com's measure…

Hipsters create hot housing markets

Farm-to-table restaurants, dive bars, breweries and independent record stores give a city a “hipster” vibe – and also attract unexpected home buyers. Realtor.com and Yelp ranked the Hottest Hipster Markets in America, which have strong buyer demand with homes selling in about 30 days. Javier Vivas, director of economic research for Realtor.com, said in a news release that “a concentration of hipsters seems to be an indicator of a hot housing market.” Columbus, Ohio, ZIP 43202, came in first…

Former Bucs coach Lovie Smith puts Tampa estate on the market for $4.8M (Photos)

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and his wife have put their Tampa estate on the market. Smith's home in Tampa Palms has been listed for sale at $4.8 million. Including the outdoor areas, the home is more than 10,000 square feet with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. It sits on 13 acres, according to the property listing, and includes a guest house along with a guest tower suite. It has “his and hers offices” and an 800-bottle wine cellar. Jennifer Zales,…

National builder to redevelop golf range in suburban Tampa

Atlanta-based Beazer Homes has a new vision for the golf range.

Billionaire buys Fisher Island condo for $8M (photos)

Billionaire Alan Hassenfeld, the former CEO of toy maker Hasbro, bought a condo in the new Palazzo Del Sol on Miami’s Fisher Island for $8.2 million. Hassenfeld was the CEO of Hasbro from 1989 to 2003 and remains on the board. He is a grandson of the company’s founder. According to Bloomberg, Hassenfeld became a billionaire around May based on the increasing value of his 6 percent stake in Hasbro. He recently bought a 4,560-square-foot condo at Palazzo Del Sol from PDS Development, the condo…

What happened when a Facebook post about the Patel house went viral

Here’s one sign of how curious people are about the largest residential construction project in the Tampa Bay area — a multi-home compound being built by health care entrepreneurs and philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel and his wife, Dr. Pallavi Patel. When the Tampa chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction put a notice on Facebook about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday that said, “Join us for a tour of Dr. Patel’s Palace in Carrollwood,” 1,600 people said they were interested in going…