Exit133 is about Tacoma
Three Tacoma schools that were up for sale are back off the market.
The News Tribune reports that Tacoma Public Schools has pulled listings for McKinley, Wainwright, and Willard school buildings.
Wainwright will get rebuilt by 2016 as a part of the recently passed $500 million schoolsRead more
Last month we wrote about Tacoma resident David Burns and his ongoing quest to save a piece of rail history with a close tie to Tacoma's own early days.
After that story, and some other good exposure, Burns was able to work out a deal that would give the car both a covered space for restoration and a permanent home when the project is complete - at the LeMay Family Collection property.
The catch is ...Read more
Back in 2005, the City of Tacoma created a list it called the Filthy Fifteen. Appearing on the list was a dubious distinction, to put it mildly. The list identified the 15 worst offenders when it came to properties that were out of compliance with City code, along with a description of theirRead more
On February 21 Tacoma's City Council met in a special all-day work session to discuss its strategic direction for 2014; that strategic direction includes equity and empowerment initiatives, investment in the South Tacoma Way and Lincoln business districts, green roads, and working with bothRead more
In 2012 we wrote about the work of Depave, an organization with a mission of transforming paved places into community green spaces, and we asked "who's ready to depave Tacoma?" Well, two years later the answer, apparently, is "quite a few people."
Along with partner agencies Depave, RiverRead more
Join some awesome ladies for a loop around Point Defiance Park! Meet at the entrance at 10:00.Read more
|In collaboration with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Marilyn Strickland will host the 2014 State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Hotel Murano’s Venice Ballroom (1320 Broadway). Speaking on the theme Tacoma 2.0, Strickland plans to|
AARP volunteers will be available at the Moore Branch Library on Wednesdays February 5, 2014 through April 9, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m. to provide free tax assistance and preparation. Assistance is available on a first come first served basis. Only a limited number of people can be served per day. AsRead more
On Wednesday, March 12, planning staff will host an informational 2014 annual amendment question and answer session at 5 p.m., in Room 335 of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St. The session is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the 2014 Annual Amendment prior to the March 19Read more
A different film every Thursday starting February 6th through April 3rd at University of Puget Sound.Films held in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall which is located on the corner of North 13th and Lawrence streets (The only exception is on February 27th when the film will be held at theRead more
Want to learn more about Point Defiance Park? Come to Destination Point Defiance – 3rd Thursday Community Dialogues about both near-term and long-range plans.
Destination Point Defiance is a long-term initiative by Metro Parks Tacoma to enhance the experience and honor the character of PointRead more
Hello, Spring! is a celebration of Spring and the Conservatory. You’ll be able to explore the grand floral display at the Conservatory while enjoying savory snacks, sweet treats, and two signature cocktails infused with the flavors of Spring. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at theRead more
Join the Tacoma Runners every week at a different bar or restaurant in Tacoma for an easy 3 mile run followed by fun back at the bar.
Check back here or at the Tacoma Runners Facebook page for details.Read more
Just in time for St Paddy's
day weekend, we have what seems like a timely read.
If you don't frequent it, you may think of your neighborhood bar as a late night problem, but here's another idea: do those loud drunks bring something valuable to your street?
Let’s call it the Jane Jacobs Theory of Drinking: It’s good to have eyes on the street, even if they are seeing double, and especially because many non-drinking businesses are closed after 9pm or 10pm on weeknights.
So, this Saint Patrick's weekend, you decide. Rowdy bars: public nuissance or new urbanist solution?Read more at Next City
A group of Seattle-based investors has purchased the historic Webster apartment building at South 7th and Saint Helens in Tacoma.
The group paid $3 million for the property, and plans to invest another $500,000 in the remodel, and from the sound of it, they have plenty of nice things to say about investing in Tacoma.
The TNT quotes one of the group: "“Y’all have done so much with the town in the past 20 years. It’s been wonderful to watch. We are excited about owning something in Tacoma.”Read more at The News Tribune
Is it enough to offer people carrots like new bike lanes, nice bus stops, and commuter programs if you want to get them out of their cars? Do cities serious about change need to bring out the sticks as well, to do more to make driving less attractive while they make other options more so?
If cities like Tacoma want their investments in transit infrastructure to be money well-spent, do they need to implement disencentives too? And if they don't, is it because they're afraid?
Should the saying be "if you build it, they won't come... unless you give them a push...?"Read more at The Atlantic Cities
The latest edition of Tacoma Report is out. The City of Tacoma's City "news" program highlights quite a few topics related to City services and goings-on in Tacoma.
This month those include street sweeping, stormwater pipe maintenance, copper wire theft, Hilltop Diversitree program, community gardens, Tacoma's EnviroHouse, tax preparation assistance, City QA and 311 services, City of Destiny Awards, event permitting improvements, and more.
Watch Tacoma Report streaming on the TV Tacoma website.Read more at TV Tacoma
An American Public Transit Association report says that in 2013 more Americans used public transportation as an alternative to their cars for trips within metropolitan areas than in any year since 1956.
That seems like a significant number, but what's the story behind it? This latest report challenges the idea that commute choices are tied more or less directly to gas prices.
The APTA president calls it a "fundamental shift in how people are moving about their communities," and he draws a connection between investments in transit and positive impacts on unemployment rates.
Public transit is becoming more attractive and more popular across the US - is Tacoma a part of this trend?Read more at New York Times
The Project for Public Spaces has a guide to "Rightsizing Streets," which it hopes will help promote rightsizing as a means of improving streets for all users and creating a sense of place. The idea is to consider streets on a pedestrian scale, rather than just a motor vehicle scale, creating spaces that work for people as well as cars, while making the best use of public spaces.
What may be most interesting are the case studies of projects to "rightsize" streets and public spaces in cities around the country.
It has us wondering what spaces in Tacoma might be good candidates for "rightsizing..."Read more at Project for Public Spaces
There's a lot of anti-Walmart sentiment out there - in Tacoma, and beyond. In that context, an article posted from Eric McAfee of American Dirt, which takes a closer look at the thriving downtown and urban fabric of Walmart's own home town may be of interest.
McAfee offers some challenging questions, and an interesting perspective on the issue. We'll let you decide whether any of it is persuasive...Read more at Urbanophile
The Tacoma Art Museum's new wing reached a pair of milestones this week.
On Wednesday the final beam of the new Haub Family Galleries, signed by members of the community, was lifted into place.
TAM also announced that they have met and exceeded their $15.5 million fundraising goal for the new addition.
The first exhibit is set to open May 10.Read more at The News Tribune
Annie Wright Upper School Joins National Coalition of Girls’ Schools to Present ‘The Girls’ School Advantage’
Tacoma, Wash.— According to UCLA education expert Linda Sax, young women who graduateRead more
LAKEWOOD, WA – Pierce Transit is accepting applications to fill three current vacancies on its Community Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG). CTAG members serve an important role as informedRead more
In the City of Tacoma's search for a firm to facilitate its citywide strategic planning and visioning process, these six firms will move on to interviews from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17,Read more
In recognition of women’s achievements past, present and future, the City of Tacoma has partnered with the University of Washington Tacoma to host a series of public film screenings beginning MarchRead more
Emmy Award-winning public affairs program earns recognition
TACOMA, Wash. –KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College, recently announced it has won two bronze Telly Awards forRead more