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Landscape Management for Schuster Slope

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks are in the process of developing a strategy for managing the steep, undeveloped slope above Schuster Parkway. At a public meeting this week interested members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges they're trying to address, and the solutions they've come up with...

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 28, 2015

Study Session

At this week's study session the city council will be updated on the current legislative session in Olympia, and they will hear 2014 year-end and 2015 first quarter financial reports.



The one ordinance scheduled for a first reading this week would amend the

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Tacoma-Based Rainier Connect Matches Wave Broadband Offer to Run the Click! Network

Last night Tacoma Public Utilities hosted the second of two town hall meetings on the future of its Click! network - specifically a proposal to sign a 40-year lease with Kirkland, Washington-based Wave Broadband. The crowd at this meeting sounds like it was calmer than the first meeting on the

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Hey Tech Companies: Move to Tacoma ...

The City of Tacoma's Economic Development Department gets some attention from Geekwire this week for an ad running in the San Jose Mercury News this week. The idea behind the ad is to attract Bay Area tech firms looking for a satellite location in the Pacific Northwest.

Will it work?

It’s not

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McMenamins Finishing Bothell Project, Tacoma’s Elks is Up Next…

Lately it seems that any news has been good news when it comes to the Tacoma McMenamins Elks Temple.

Well, this certainly falls into that category: If what we're reading in The News Tribune this morning is true, you could see ground-breaking on the project within a year - possibly as early as next

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 21, 2015



Nigel S. Malden representing the appellant Matthew Austin appealing the recommendation of the Hearing Examiner regarding the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 8648 for the placement of permanent pavement with curbs and necessary storm drainage on South 69th

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 21, 2015

Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station

Last we heard WSDOT had decided (after significant public process) to locate the new Tacoma Amtrak station in the middle section of Freighthouse Square, and was taking public comment on design options. During this week's study session they will brief Tacoma City

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Coming Soon: Food Truck Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays Too) in Tacoma

Food truck fans, put this on your calendar: Three days a week for at least three months this summer it looks like you'll have a fun new option for lunch (and breakfast and dinner two days a week). A new program from the City of Tacoma will give local food trucks a place to set up for breakfast,

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Blessing of the Bikes

Urban Grace Church April 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

Regardless of religious belief, or lack thereof, bring your wheels to be blessed by community religious leaders. All people who ride bicycles are welcome.Coffee at 7:30 AM, service at 8:00 AM.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Water Flume Line Trail

Water Flume Trail Line - Phase II April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate the phase two completion of the Water Flume Line Trail. The celebration will start with a trail dedication and a ribbon “cutting” event with elected officials and special guests followed by attendees riding or walking through a “ribbon” for a guided

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Fun Times With New Belgium

Parkway Tavern April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Join us at the Parkway for a fun night with New Belgium!

We got the fine folks from Colorado in the house for a Brewer’s Night with New Belgium!

This event is going to be a little different as we will be doing a month long raffle for a lovely new bike! Starting April 1st, with every

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Bike to a Business: Goodwill’s Coffee Buzz and Neighborhood Bistro

April 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

Goodwill is offering you two great ways to save when you Bike to a Business in April.

Bike to either of the two Goodwill Coffee Buzz locations during April and receive $1 off any handcrafted beverage! Goodwill’s Coffee Buzz now has two barista training centers which are also full service cafes,

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Schuster Slope Public Meeting

Landmark Convention Center April 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm

The public is invited to attend a presentation of the completed Schuster Slope Management Plan! This plan showcases a long-range vegetation management approach for the Schuster Slope landscape and is the product of collaboration between the public, the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks and a consultant

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NYC’s Small’s Jazz Club in Tacoma

B Sharp Coffee House April 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

April 30th at 6pm, Tacoma will host some of the finest jazz artists New York has to offer. This performance is part of an ongoing series produced by Tacoma’s own Kareem Kandi that strives to bring some of the top musicians in the world to perform in intimate accessible settings. Thursday’s

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2015 South Sound Dining Out for Life

South Sound Restaurants April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

Dine Out! Fight AIDS! Dining out for Life is a nationally recognized event that provides restaurants with a unique opportunity to help raise awareness and funds for those in our community affected by HIV/AIDS. Participating restaurants choose to donate a percentage of their sales to support PCAF

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Historic Tacoma Postcard Exchange

The 1929 "Castle" on South Tacoma Way May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Historic Tacoma, The Arts and Crafts Press and the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office invite you to a community event celebrating our cherished buildings.

On Friday, May 1, Historic Tacoma will host the Postcard Exchange Event as a kick-off to Historic Preservation Month. The event

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Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

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When we talk about design of public places in Tacoma, examples from Europe are often cited for how it could be done better here. 

Italian architect A. Ghigo Ditommaso argues that although there is general agreement among urban planners and architects in America that the Italian piazza is a great template for public space design, there is surprisingly little comprehension of the fundamental spatial characteristics that make them work.

  • Keep Centers at the Center
  • Connect the Urban Paths
  • Activate the Edges
  • Set the Stage (and the Arena)

This seems stunningly simple, and yet so few American cities seem to be able to get it right. For Tacoma, at least, location could be part of the challenge - using Ditommaso's criteria, where in Tacoma could we locate such a functional public space?

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Everything You Need to Know About Octopus Wrestling

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How much do you need to know about octopus wrestling?

Well, that's probably subjective, but let's start with the fact that apparently in the 1950s and 60s it was definitely a thing in the Puget Sound region. And in 1963 Tacoma was home to the World Octopus Wrestling Championships, held just off Titlow Beach.

Despite its apparent popularity 50 years ago, we're not expecting to see a resurgence of the sport any time soon - the treatment of the octopuses wasn't exactly humane, and the sport is now illegal. Although, a re-enactment would make an interesting addition to May's Historic Preservation Month calendar...

Read more about the 1963 championships in Tacoma, and about the sport in general in this article. Hat tip to Zack for sharing the story.

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21 Cities That Were Made For Running

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We like running, and we like Tacoma, and apparently we're not alone. Tacoma shows up on a list of the top cities for running in the world.

And it's from reputable media outlet BuzzFeed, so you know it's scientific.

They did miss one thing though, Tacoma is home to Tacoma Runners - one of the larger running clubs in the country. That's got to count for something.

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Matt Driscoll: It’s time to come to terms with Tacoma’s shrinking grit

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Just how gritty are we anymore?

That's what Matt Driscoll asks in his latest column for the TNT. His answer? Tacoma's grittiness is "increasingly overstated." The blue collar jobs that have so long formed a major pillar of Tacoma's identity are shrinking in numbers, replaced by low-wage service jobs.

What can we do to replace those vanishing blue collar careers? How about an education that prepares those young men and women who are dropping out of the labor market for the next generation of jobs? And don't forget the need for businesses to offer them those jobs - even if they don't fit the gritty image. Maybe the next generation of middle class jobs comes with a cap and gown, rather than a blue collar, but maybe they can serve the same purpose.

Is it time to let the grit take on a bit of a polish? Can we hold onto the grit, and make room for what's next?

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Puget Sound Partners with The Posse Foundation to Provide Full-Tuition Scholarships

University of Puget Sound is partnering with The Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to expanding the pool from which colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young

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Another sold out house for Tacoma Symphony

Music Director Sarah Ioannides will round out her inaugural season just the way she started it - with a sold out house, a powerhouse program, and world-renowned guest artist. On Saturday, May 9th at

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Free Walk Event Celebrates Tacoma’s Waterfront on May 6

Enjoy a free, guided walk along Tacoma’s Waterfront on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from noon – 1 p.m. 

The Walk Tacoma Waterfront Walk, sponsored by Commencement Bank, is a 1.7-mile lunchtime walk, led

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Historic Tacoma Kicks Off Preservation Month with Postcard Exchange Event on May 1

On Friday, May 1, Historic Tacoma will host the Postcard Exchange Event as a kick-off to Historic Preservation Month.The event will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Arts and Crafts Press (2515B S. Tacoma

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Council Member Marty Campbell to Help Spruce Up McKinley Park During April 25 Parks Appreciation Day

City Council Member Marty Campbell will join U.S. Representative Denny Heck of the 10th Congressional District and Park Board Commissioner Larry Dahl at a Parks Appreciation Day event in McKinley

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