Development is making St. Pete and Tampa downtowns more pedestrian friendly

All those apartments, condos and houses going up in and around downtown St. Petersburg are giving the city a boast-worthy distinction — it’s among the nation’s top 10 urban areas for “walkable new construction.” And Tampa isn’t far behind, according to the national real estate brokerage Redfin. While many parts of the Tampa Bay area remain inconducive to a pleasant…