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Tacoma Link Expansion Project Update

Sound Transit has some updated information on potential station locations to share with you.

The transit agency has been moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the possible future expansion of Tacoma's Link up to the Stadium District, then on to the Hilltop. Having

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On the Market: Simpson Lumber

There have been whispers and emails about changes afoot at Tacoma's Simpson Lumber Company for a while now - word of the sale of one or more Simpson Lumber properties. It appears that there's more than a little truth in the rumors: Simpson Lumber Company is up for sale.

This comes just six

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Sound Transit Proposes Fare Changes

Sound Transit is considering a change to its fare system that could implement a low-income rider fare, while raising other rates.

The low-income fare program would bring Sound Transit into alignment with a King County Metro low-income fare scheduled to go into effect next March.

The Metro

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 23, 2014

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing will be the main topic of conversation at this week's City Council study session. Community and Economic Development Department and Planning and Development Services staff will update the Council on housing affordability in Tacoma and current City programs to

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City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

The Tacoma City Council is scheduled to take up what could be a pretty controversial topic. A resolution in support of Washington State Initiative 594 appears on the agenda for next week's Council meeting.

A resolution expressing support for the passage of Initiative Measure No. 594 submitted for

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Happening Now: Park(ing) Day 2014

Park(ing) Day 2014 is going on right now. A couple dozen parking spots around downtown Tacoma have been transformed into activated parklets for your enjoyment, so if you have a couple minutes, head out and find one (or a bunch) near you.

There's a lot to see this year... Which was your favorite?

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Pacific Brewing Opens Tomorrow

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here. Or at least it's so close you can almost taste it...

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. will finally open its doors in the old City Hall Annex space (the smaller white building next to Old City Hall) tomorrow, Saturday, September 20. That's

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Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

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.

It's the next phase in a fight between the City and advertising giant Clear Channel that has been going on for what

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Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Night

The Parkway Tavern September 24, 2014 at 4:30 am

​That’s right, it’s Elysian Great Pumpkin Night at the Parkway!

The Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival is sold out, but you can get the beers right here at the Parkway!

Boo! We have a fun night planned for you. Join us at The Parkway for a night of great pumpkin beers featured from

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Tacoma Link Expansion Drop-In

Theater District Station September 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Theater District Station

Learn about progress on the potential Tacoma Link Expansion

Sound Transit is moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the potential expansion of Tacoma Link. After gathering feedback from the public and City Council in May, Sound Transit

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Tacoma Link Expansion drop-in

Broadway Farmers' Market September 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

Sound Transit is moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the potential expansion of Tacoma Link. After gathering feedback from the public and City Council in May, Sound Transit updated potential station locations and would like to share these with you.

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Prairie Line Trail UWT Station Grand Opening

University of Washington Tacoma September 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Join us as we open the Prairie Line Trail - UWT Station.

The Prairie Line Trail is an approximately one-mile segment of the historic rail corridor, beginning at the south end of downtown, running through the Brewery District, University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) campus, crossing Tollefson Plaza

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Ride with City Council

UWT Central Staircase September 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Join us for a group ride with Tacoma City Councilmembers on Thursday, Sept. 25, 6pm.
Meet at the UWT central stairs (1900 Commerce) for the grand opening of the Prairie Line Trail (ribbon-cutting event starts at 5pm). The route will follow the PLT, “Embrace the Hill” on Jefferson/Delin, and

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Twice the Fun at Two Town Run

Two Town Pub & Cafe September 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join Tacoma Runners September 25 as we do our first-ever run from the brand-new Two Town Pub at Point Ruston. Water views, some flat running, sure to be a hill or two, and then great friends and adult beverages back at the bar after the easy 3 mile run. What more could you ask for on a late

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Remembering the Luzon

TBA September 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

You’re invited to the 5 year memorial of the demolition of Tacoma’s Luzon Building, designed by Burnham and Root.

For the event location, contact Jori at joriadkins@mac.com or 253.365.1459. Please bring candles, a flashlight or your iPhone… and cardboard boxes - we’ll collaboratively reproduce

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Fall Bike to Work Week 2014

Downtown Tacoma September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Join us September 21-27 for events to extend your bike commuting into autumn!“Embrace the Hill” by trying different routes out of downtown with a group “Bike Train” home from work. Meet at 11th & Pacific at 5:30pm (water and water bottles provided).

  • Monday: Embrace Stadium Way Hill
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London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won

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If you've been to London, and if, while there, you happened to stroll along the south bank of the Thames near the Southbank Centre, you may have noticed a gritty little pocket decorated with graffiti and filled with skateboarders.

That vibrant, gritty pocket in the undercroft of the Southbank Centre has been a place for British skaters to practice since the 70s. In the decades since, it has also attracted other urban arts and activities - graffiti artists, street performers, and BMX bike riders - so much so that it now appears in some London tourist brochures.

In 2013 a plan was announced to develop the undercroft into shops and cafes, but the skateboard community and others banded together to save their space. Last week they announced that the space would be preserved as-is, and allowed to continue as a venue for skaters, performance artists, and others. It probably didn't hurt that they had Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on their side.

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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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Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day Connect Great People with Great Green Spaces

Each October, during one of Tacoma’s biggest service days of the year, volunteers come together to restore urban green space across the city of Tacoma. Residents, businesses, community groups and

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Applications for 2015 Arts Projects Funding Now Available

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2015. Arts Projects

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Pedestrians and Bicyclists Take to Waterfront Roads at Downtown to Defiance on Sunday, September 28

Excitement builds as Tacoma prepares to walk, run, bike or roll the Downtown to Defiance, a free Sunday Parkways event on Sept.28.  This open streets event will close portions of waterfront

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New University of Puget Sound Financial Aid Program for Tacoma High School Graduates

Commitment to Tacoma Public Schools will cover the full financial need of eligible students, effective fall 2015

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound is offering a new financial aid program

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Restoring the American Dream: A Community Conversation on Big Money, Inequality & the Average Voter

TACOMA, WASH. — The University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for the Study of Community and Society will host a one-day workshop entitled “Restoring the American Dream: A Community Conversation on

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