Gaines Street

Five black e-scooters are lined on the sidewalk. The back wheel of each scooter touches the grass and the front wheel faces the road. Teal words spell "VeoRide" on the scooter's stem. Tallahassee buildings are in the distance.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU-FM

As the first week of Scootergeddon comes to a close, local businesses are reporting a mix of positive benefits and negative impacts.

Tallahassee's new GreenWise Market.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

Publix officially opened its GreenWise Market in Tallahassee’s Collegetown Thursday. It’s the first store of its kind for the company.

[Left to Right] Tallahassee Commission Seat 3 candidates: Richard Garzola,  Lisa Brown, Bill Schack, Alexander Jordan and  Jeremy Matlow were on Tuesday's Political Perspectives.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

Candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 are weighing in on the FBI’s investigation involving city leaders and laying out how they’d improve trust in city hall, if elected.

Tom Flanigan

A hometown Tallahassee business relies on its employees’ muscle-power to turn a profit. That small firm is also helping to organize more local businesses in an effort to preserve the community’s uniqueness.

New Hotel Opening in City's Hot Hub

Mar 21, 2018
Tom Flanigan

The exploding development along and near Tallahassee’s Gaines Street corridor isn’t limited to student rentals. A shiny new hotel will soon open a block away on Railroad Avenue.

Parking On Gaines Limited As Main Lot Is Closed Permanently

Oct 10, 2016
Catherine Buckler

A Publix and Hampton Inn are in the works in the Railroad Square and All Saints District of Tallahassee. But, as the new buildings are underway, parking has become trickier, and it’s raising concerns for local businesses about the future.

Revitalizing Historic Tallahassee Waterworks

Sep 12, 2016
Tom Flanigan

An historic Tallahassee property is up for a revitalization, but local organizations are discovering finding a new purpose for the city’s old water building isn’t so easy. 

City of Tallahassee's twitter

Free Wi-Fi is now available at one of Tallahassee’s popular areas. Officials are calling it the city’s first Smart Park, and they're inviting the public to an event Friday that allows them to play the popular app game Pokemon Go.

THOR via Flickr

This weekend the All Saints Art District is kicking off a new monthly series.  They’re calling it the First Saturdays Culture Crawl.

Local officials are considering a new hotel in Tallahassee's Gaines St. neighborhood.
Shawn Bayern via Flickr

UPDATE  11/25/2015: Tallahassee Commissioners approved the zoning change allowing developers to move forward with a hotel.  But the city plans to lease the space for continued parking while the property owners work through the permitting process.  Commissioners also pledged to work on finding new areas for parking in the neighborhood as well as better signage for existing lots. 

Tentative plans for a new Publix on Gaines Street have some local businesses worried. 

A car uses the back-in parking space
City of Tallahassee

New parking spaces downtown may be a welcome sight but the trickier way of getting into them is confusing drivers.  The city of Tallahassee tried to avoid the confusion when it introduced back-in angle parking last year, but stumped drivers are taking to social media to say they still don’t get it.

(Photo: Gerald Ensley/DemocratS

The Shine on Gaines Block Party is back on!

The event highlights local art vendors and businesses on the corridor of Gaines Street. The event starts Wednesday afternoon and runs through the evening. It features live bands, art exhibits, a bounce house and fireworks. Traffic will be rerouted and Gaines Street will be closed, but City of Tallahassee Spokeswoman, Lizzy Kelley, says the detours might be familiar to residents because Gaines Street has been under construction for a while.

Rutkovsky in alley
Jessica Palombo / WSFU News

Tallahassee officials are asking residents for help funding and building a public art project called “Art Alleys” behind businesses on Gaines Street. Construction begins in November, and planners hope to raise at least $12,000 in private donations by then.

This Wednesday on Gaines Street, FSU art Professor Paul Rutkovsky was walking through the parking area behind St. Michael’s Pub.

“Where we’re standing right now there’ll be tile works, bricks,” he says.

Tallahassee Business Owners Drop Clothes To Raise Cash

Sep 29, 2014
woman with melons
Jess Drawhorn via IndieGoGo

Tallahassee is buzzing about not one but two local fundraising calendars featuring nearly nude business owners. The reaction to the Ten Speed Greens and Gaines Street Fest calendars has been largely positive, but some critics are saying the images are indecent or they objectify women.  

Cascades Park
VISIT FLORIDA Editor / Flickr

The Tallahassee City Commission approved a plan Wednesday to expand downtown district boundaries. Some hope to see economic growth as a result.

In a meeting Wednesday commissioners approved without discussion a call for Tallahassee’s downtown district boundaries to be redefined. The current boundaries were formed in 1971 when the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, or TDIA, was created to reverse an exodus of businesses and residents.  

Marks with children
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

If you’re confused about how to navigate some recent additions to Tallahassee’s roads, you’re not alone. City managers say they get perplexed phone calls with each new roundabout. Now the city is launching a campaign called DRVN 850 to help answer road-related questions.

So easy a kid can figure it out? Ask future driver Morgan Watkins.

“Always remember to stop if there’s something in the way, like a bike or a front car or a truck,” says the FAMU New Beginnings preschooler.

Gaines Street
Caitie Switalski / WFSU News

Today Tallahassee’s Gaines Street will re-open in time for evening rush hour traffic.  The final phase of a roundabout project for the major road is nearly finished.

As of Friday afternoon around 4, commuters will finally be able to drive on Gaines.   

Phase III of the renovation project began back on May 5, 2014. It shut down the Woodward Avenue intersection, along with the Lake Bradford Road, Railroad Avenue, and Stadium Drive access points to Gaines. 

Inspiration Station plans
Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department

Leon County and Tallahassee planners are proposing a makeover for the old Amtrak station and surrounding areas on Railroad Avenue south of Gaines Street. The County Commission will discuss the plans at their Tuesday afternoon meeting.

construction site
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

The Florida Senate is set to vote on a bill meant to encourage development of contaminated areas known as brownfields. The measure adds to the tax incentives already offered by giving developers further protection from being sued.

On Tuesday morning, cranes backed up to a multi-story brick building under construction on Tallahassee’s Gaines Street. Pretty soon, new student apartments with shops on the ground floor are set to open here.

Google Maps

Drivers on Tallahassee’s Gaines Street might recently have noticed a new sign on the side of a previously vacant warehouse. The building near Railroad Avenue is set to open this summer as a brewery and taproom.

Gaines Street Reopens, Paving The Way For More Development

Apr 25, 2013
Thomas Andrew Gustafson

Tallahassee’s Gaines Street is now open to all traffic. But future development in the area excites local government officials and business owners more than newly paved roads.

Local Willy Wonka Dreams Of A Chocolate Factory

Dec 5, 2012
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Last year, Florida passed a law that allows people to make food in their homes and sell it without a license.  One guy who’s taking advantage of the law is Tallahassee chocolate maker Bob Williamson. And he’s hoping to use a fundraising website to take his business to the next level.

Bob Williamson owns Srsly Chocolate. His chocolate bars are a big seller at Tallahassee’s Lake Ella farmer’s market.

"My dream is to have Tallahassee’s first chocolate factory," he said.


May 24, 2012

From Midtown, to Cascades Park to Gaines Street, and Southside revitalization, there’s a lot of redevelopment around Tallahassee nowadays. Much of it is being driven and coordinated by the Knight Creative Communities Institute. We get a situational update from KCCI’s Laurie Hartsfield and initiative “catalysts” Betsy Couch and Jay Revell.