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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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An Evening with Lost Abbey

The Parkway Tavern September 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Our friends down in California are coming to the great PNW to have a brewer’s night with us.

Here is your potential tap list for the night:

Lost & Found
The Ten Commandments
Agave Maria
Angel’s Share
Cuvee de Tomme
Framboise de Amarosa

Maybe Even…

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The Winter Harvest with John Valentine

W.W. Seymour Conservatory September 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Join us at the Conservatory lectures series as John Valentine tells us the best ways to grow and harvest veggies at unexpected times of the year.
The maritime Pacific Northwest is a small and unique sub-climate for growing. Learn about what makes it so, how to manage humidity, which varieties of

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Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

Visitors who live at a Tacoma address will be admitted free on the Tacoma Resident Free Days listed below. Please bring proof of residency.*

The free day is offered as a thank you to Tacoma voters, who in 1999 approved a $35 million bond issue to pay for Zoo improvements. The money has funded

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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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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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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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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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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.

Read more at The Atlantic CityLab

Onetime Italian grocery store to get a new touch of Italian

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As the UWT section of the Prairie Line Trail nears completion this fall, work is also moving forward on Elemental Pizza, which will replace Grassi's in the wedge-shaped Pagni and Lenti building at the north corner of the UWT campus at 17th and Pacific.

The University chose the Pagni and Lenti name, like other buildings on campus, for its former occupants. In the early 1900s the building was home to an Italian grocery store that served as a hub for Tacoma's Italian-American community.

Elemental Pizza hopes to incorporate some of that history in its new restaurant, as they work toward a January opening.

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Apply to Serve on the Tacoma Arts Commission by October 10

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill three at-large positions, and one position representing Tacoma public education on the Tacoma Arts Commission. 

The Commission is comprised

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Tacoma Symphony & Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute partner for expansion of popular program

Tacoma Symphony partners with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute for expansion of popular Simply Symphonic education program

Students and orchestras come together world-wide in Carnegie Hall’s

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Youth Summit puts Teens and Education in the Spotlight at 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference

Local high school students get a “day off” class to be “turned on” to learning Friday, Sept. 26, in Memorial Fieldhouse on campus

TACOMA, Wash. – The 2014 Youth Summit at University of Puget Sound

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Community Working Group to Tackle Tacoma Billboards

A community working group has been assembled to develop regulatory alternatives, for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, regarding billboards in the City of Tacoma.

The working group

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TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine’s sake program and the City of Tacoma recognized nationally by FSR Magazine

Home to the largest sake selection in the Pacific Northwest TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine and the City of Tacoma lead the way with sake!  The September 2014 FSR Magazine recognized TWOKOI’s sake program as

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