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Help Promote Tacoma’s History, Plan Preservation Month 2015

May is a ways off on the calendar, but planning is already beginning for Tacoma's May 2015 Preservation Month. Interested parties are being invited to join the Preservation Month planning committee, and to begin brainstorming ideas for an exciting month of programming.

The Historic Preservation

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 16, 2014



Ordinance No. 28243 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 3966 for the construction of an 8-inch sanitary sewer main extension from South Madison Street, south of South 69th

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Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

There's a conversation going on at the City about the ways Tacoma receives revenue. With a significant structural imbalance to address in Tacoma's budget, City staff are considering not only short-term adjustments to fix the budget for the next biennium, they're also looking at ways that long-term

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Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

Re:Tacoma is back with their annual urban design conversation series. Every year they invite you to join in thoughtful conversations focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma's urban neighborhoods and downtown core. It's an ongoing conversation meant to lead to thoughtful action. 

Each of the

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Cleaning Up Schuster Slope

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks have begun to discuss what to do about the Schuster Slope, and how to best manage it for both positive environmental impacts and pubic access. The Schuster Slope is 16-acres of open space above Schuster Parkway, running from the I-705 off-ramp to the south, north

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 16, 2014

Undergrounding Power Lines

If you're interested in getting rid of overhead power lines in Tacoma, you might want to tune in to this Tuesday's joint study session between Tacoma City Council and the Tacoma Public Utility Board. The main topic of discussion will be undergrounding of power utilities.

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Help Fix Tacoma’s Residential Parking Permit Program

The City's Parking Technical Advisory Group is a group of citizens that reviews City parking policy and recommendation improvements to the City Manager. The group has been working on improving Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit program, which a press release this week calls "broken." Now they're

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Downtown to Defiance Returns With a Duathlon

A pair of events coming up on September 28 will give you a number of ways to enjoy Tacoma's waterfront between Point Defiance and downtown Tacoma free from cars.

Downtown to Defiance Sunday Parkways

This is the second year of this free event. On September 28 the seven miles of roads and paths

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Residential Parking Permit Revamp

UPS Campus’ Wheelock Student Center September 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Public invited to work session on Thursday, Sept. 18

Do you have a residential parking permit? If so, plan to attend a residential parking permit work session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the UPS Campus’ Wheelock Student Center near North Alder and North 16th streets.

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Tacoma Historical Society’s Man Behind the Totem

Tacoma History Museum September 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Join us at Tacoma History Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue, for free events connected with our newest exhibit – “Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935.”

(Third) Thursday, September 18, 6:15 pm: Tacoma Historical Society’s “Man Behind the Totem”
Ever wonder how downtown Tacoma ended up with a

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Tacoma Sings

Chihuly Bridge of Glass September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

(6:30 – 7:45) Singing on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to sing-out summer and sing-in autumn. Music to listen to as you arrive (on the Glass Museum side), then we’ll distribute song sheets and encourage everyone to join in. We’ll cross the bridge singing and end up in the amphitheater by the

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Conversations Re:Tacoma - Destiny Realized - Models From the Outside

The Grand Cinema September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join us for the 6th season of community forums focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma’s urban neighborhoods and downtown core – a healthy dialogue can lead to thoughtful action. Each forum is followed by an informal after-party to continue the conversation with our speakers.


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A Swiss Run Not to Miss

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join Tacoma Runners this week as we return to The Swiss in Downtown Tacoma for 3 easy miles followed by fun back at the bar. You can bet we will run some stairs, and we will get a sneak peek at the nearly-finished Prairie Line Trail through the UWT campus along our route. What better way to get a

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September ART BUS Tour

Tour begins curbside in front of Hotel Marriott September 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

​Tacoma Art Bus is a tour held on the third Thursday of every month exploring Tacoma’s creative culture by visiting local art exhibits throughout town. Each tour is different and includes art, pizza courtesy Puget Sound Pizza, games, prizes, swag bags and raffle opportunities. Please visit our

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Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014

Downtown Tacoma September 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Save the date on the 3rd Friday in September for Park(ing) Day 2014!Providing temporary public open space…one parking spot at a time! Park(ing) Day is an international event meant to promote thoughtfulness about how we use physical space in a way that is fun and engaging to the community. In

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Free Saturday 5k for September 20, 2014

Point Defiance Park September 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s time again for the Tacoma Runners free Saturday 5k. What better way to start your weekend?

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at

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2014 Women of Influence named

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Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes

This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein from Multicare, and the Rising Star Award goes to Rosie Martinson of the TacomaWorkingMom.com blog and Sound Physicians.

See the full list of Women of Influence, and watch for their stories from the Business Examiner in coming weeks.

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TWOKOI: Outstanding Sake Program Led by Level One Certified Sake Sommelier

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For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions. 

They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the largest in the Northwest, and one of the top two sake tasting programs in the US, according to at least one magazine.

A sake tasting at Twokoi can take you through the different kinds of sake - hot, cold, and butty - with more than 40 different sakes to choose from. And if you're looking for something special, they offer sake dinners called omakase, which pair multiple courses with the perfect sake.

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Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

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Watch out Tacoma, a group of pretty hardcore bikers are headed your way. The annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run stretches nearly 4,000 miles from the start in Daytona Beach, Florida to the finish right here in Tacoma.

The motorcyclists participating make the run in 17 days. They left Daytona Beach on September 5. They'll see some of America's most beautiful scenery on their trip, before finding their way to the finish at the LeMay America's Car Museum, where you can welcome them to Tacoma. Expect them to roll into town sometime mid-afternoon next Sunday, September 21.

We won't claim to be endurance motorcycle riders, but we're guessing they'll be ready for a cold drink and a hot meal when they get here.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

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As multimodal transportation options become a regular part of planning conversations, the animosity between (some) drivers and (some) cyclists and pedestrians means many debates come down to dogma, rather than actual facts - drivers don't want to be slowed down by sharing the road with cyclists, while cyclists feel unsafe by having to share lanes with motor vehicles.

But maybe there's a way to design multimodal streets that are safer for bikes and keep cars moving as fast or even faster than before. 

A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation looks at protected bike lanes installed in the city and discovers examples of those new lanes leading to an increase in both car speeds and bike safety.

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Prairie Line Trail at UWT Station to Open September 25

Panel discussion on impact of urban trails to follow opening celebration

TACOMA, WASH. — Join University of Washington Tacoma for the opening of the Prairie Line Trail through campus with a ribbon

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Gang member charged in Lincoln District murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Vernon Lewis Curry, Jr., 32, with murder in the first degree for the Sept. 7, 2014 shooting death of Michael Allen Ward, Jr., 33, in

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Museum of Glass Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Tenth Annual Museum Day Live

Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 27, 2014

Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as 

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Apply to Serve on the Board of Ethics by October 10

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill one position on the Board of Ethics.

The Board of Ethics consists of five regular members recommended by the Government Performance and

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Free Fort Admission on ‘Museum Day’ September 27

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!

On Saturday September 27, 2014, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum will open its doors, as part

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