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Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

South Tacoma Way is getting a lot of attention lately. 

Last month the City officially designated the stretch of car dealerships along South Tacoma Way as "Tacoma's Auto Row," giving the businesses the green light to apply to WSDOT for directional signage to the district along I-5. The City has

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 15, 2014



Resolution No. 38881 A resolution setting Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the Draft Hilltop Subarea Plan and proposed amendments to Chapters 13.06 and 13.17 of the Municipal Code, relating to

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 15, 2014

Charter Review

The first item on this week's City Council study session agenda is a discussion of the progress of Tacoma's Charter Review Committee so far. With over 50 meetings between the committee and its subcommittees, and a couple of public hearings, recommendations are taking shape, and

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Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

A group of Chinese investors wants to build a hotel and mixed-use project on a two-acre City-owned site next to the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma.

According to a staff memo to Tacoma City Council, Yareton Investment & Management WA LLC of Seattle, a subsidiary of

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Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once… Going Twice…

After receiving only one bid for the work to prop up a 110-year-old totem pole, this week the City of Tacoma re-released the bid opportunity.

Last year we found out that the Tacoma Totem Pole standing in Fireman's Park was structurally unsound. There was some debate over what could be done for the

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Introduction to Library Catalog

Main Library - Computer Classroom April 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Explore the catalog to find out if the library has purchased the works of a favorite author, a recent movie, or a popular compact disc. This class covers the basic skills needed to use the catalog either from home or in your local library. Requires ability to use a mouse. Advance registration

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Retirement Planning

Swasey Library April 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Join a financial advisor from TAPCO Credit Union to learn about:
*different concepts and methods of retirement planning
*different types of retirement accounts and how they work
*benefits of retirement planning

Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

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Thursday Beer Run - Rocking the Dock by the Bay

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill April 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

We will get as close to the water as possible with this week’s run as we revisit Rock the Dock for a flat-ish 3-mile run starting and ending on the shores of Thea Foss Waterway. You all know the routine. Bring a friend and let’s make this a rollicking fun run! Remember, there is a pace for

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Downloading/eReader Clinic

Main Library - Computer Classroom April 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Introducing a new way to learn more about your Nook, Kindle or other downloading device! Sign up for a slot in this eReader clinic devoted to Nooks, Kindles and more. Bring your ereader with you and meet with a library staff member for a short one-on-one session. You’ll become familiar with

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Pink Martini and the Von Trapps at the Pantages Theater!

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

See the world-famous, Portland-based and Pacific Northwest’s favorite “little orchestra!” Drawing inspiration from music around the world, Pink Martini crosses genres of classical, jazz and old- fashioned pop. Their albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and they have sold well

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Free Saturday 5k - April 19, 2014

Point Defiance Park April 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come out and run.

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Easter Egg Hunt in Wright Park

Wright Park April 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Easter Egg Hunt in Wright Park: FREE ADMISSION!! Event date and time: Saturday, April 19th, from 10am to 11:30am; Registration begins at 9:30am. We are inviting the city of Tacoma to join us for a fantastic time of hanging out, having fun and snatching up copious amounts of Easter eggs! Our

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Sewing to Sowing

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Experience springtime in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visit with the Fort’s gardeners and see what’s growing. Sow seeds to take home with you. There are family-friendly period games and craft projects. Talk with special guest Richard Scheuerman, author of “Harvest

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Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

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We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other people. It's not every week that a Tacoma writer gets to tell the story of interviewing Ira Glass. We're glad she did.

There's a lot about Glass' perspective on the radio and interviewing business, but some of our favorite bits come when he talks about his sense of place - like this bit about New York:

New York is fine. But it’s harder to do a ‘man on the street’ interview with someone with it sounding like New York City... I don’t feel like I live in America anymore now that I live in New York. Like, I don’t drive a car. Not driving a car makes you not an American. 

Oh, and the part where he asks if we'll be offended if he talks about Seattle when he visits Tacoma for his May 4th Broadway Center show...

You know, like will people beat me up if I try to play clips of Dan Savage? 

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Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

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Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the teen pop-star's "stolen" laptop stunt right here in Tacoma for his lack of popularity in our little corner of the nation.

Whatever the reason, we're proud to be in the lowest percentile on this one.

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11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

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A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure we ever have), you can probably take a guess at the subject matter...

But hey, it's legal now... and besides, we can safely assume they've eaten their fair share of hot dogs, so who better to judge the best in the world?

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Tacoma Report - March 29, 2014

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The latest edition of Tacoma Report is online now from the City of Tacoma. It's 20 minutes of Tacoma-specific information that you might find useful. Watch online anytime.

This month you can learn about community cleanups, the completion of the first Depave project in Washington State right here in Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project, Talk the Walk, camping at Tacoma Power properties, youth summer employment program, work on the Prairie Line Trail, the Daffodil Festival, TPU's home weatherization program, and more...

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New Tacoma mountain bike trail marks start of city’s official system

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It may have been rainy and muddy for the official opening of Tacoma's new Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails, but they've still gotten quite a lot of attention from mountain bike enthusiasts. They've also gone a ways toward reclaiming that corner of Tacoma for active recreation and good clean (muddy) fun.

One of the trails, nicknamed "Braking Bad," references both mountain bike fun and the park's less than sunny history. The trails came from a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, and community groups, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has worked hard on this and other trails.

And they hope this is just the beginning for the Swan Creek trail system. 

Read more at The Oregonian

Oregon Preservationists Vow to Save Endangered Parking Lots

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Empty lots are disappearing from Oregon downtowns at an alarming rate. Fortunately a preservation group has stepped in to stand up for the endangered asphalt.

“For too long we have considered these vacant lots ‘interlopers’ or ‘missing teeth’ in our historic downtowns but it is time for their historic significance and aesthetic merits to be recognized and celebrated. ... Asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century.”

The nonprofit National Asphalt Pavement Association and preservationists are both behind the effort to preserve Oregon's historic paved spaces. 

Read more at Restore Oregon

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

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Tacoma Housing Authority's McCarver Special Housing Program has made significant strides in improving outcomes for the students and families who participate in it.

The program is unique in the country, and the innovative approach is getting attention from outside our area for its success rates.

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If we want people to drive less, we have to end sexism

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More women than men ride public transportation. Yet many, if not most women, have felt unsafe when riding public transit.

Sexual harassment, or outright assault are not uncommon experiences, a fact which causes many women who can afford to avoid public transit to do so.

This article makes the argument (based on a longer Atlantic Cities article) that if cities and transit advocates want to get serious about encouraging ridership, they've also got to get serious about discouraging sexual harassment.

What have you experienced (or witnessed others experience) on transit in Tacoma and beyond?

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Hundreds of volunteers work to make South Sound homes safe, healthy

TACOMA, WA – April 26, 2014 – Approximately 450 Rebuilding Together South Sound volunteers will be deployed throughout Pierce County and Auburn on Saturday, April 26, as part of National Rebuilding

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Bates’ Brain Series explores how early language experiences shape brain development

TACOMA, Wash. –Whether it’s singing nursery rhymes, reading to children, or verbally engaging with babies and toddlers, each interaction fosters brain development. Explore how loving and warm

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Expansion at Tacoma Art Museum Opens to Public Sunday, November 16, 2014

Museum to Showcase Haub Family Collection of Western American Art In New Galleries Designed by Olson Kundig Architects
Members-Only Day and Evening on Saturday, November 15

TACOMA, WA – Tacoma Art

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Help Feed Hungry Families at Fish Food Banks’ Friendraiser

Help feed hungry families in Pierce County while dancing the night away at FISH Food Banks’ FriendRaiser on Saturday, April 19. Classic rock ‘n roll entertainment generously provided by Daryl & the

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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Citizen-Airman of the Year Award Goes to Master Sgt. Lance Nelson

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Citizen-Airman of the Year Award Goes to Master Sgt. Lance Nelson, 446th AW at JBLM-McChord Field

TACOMA, Wash. –  It is the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s honor to

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