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Solid Waste Improvements

Garbage Pick-Up

Tacoma recently transitioned to every-other-week garbage pick-up for residential solid waste customers as a part of on-going City efforts to cut both costs and environmental impacts.

The program met and even exceeded goals in reducing waste volumes, fuel use, and other costs. This

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 26, 2014



Resolution No. 38991 A resolution setting Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the draft North Downtown Subarea Plan and proposed amendments to the Municipal Code Chapter 13.06A, Downtown Tacoma.

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Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma

The development company that bought the former Union Avenue Elks Lodge property where the Tacoma Walmart now stands is suing the City of Tacoma for delays in the permitting process.

According to the Business Examiner, Allenmore Medical Investors LLC is suing the City of Tacoma, as well as

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Is TPD Playing Big Brother?

There's some news out today that is a little disturbing to some people on a few levels. It appears that Tacoma Police Department has technology that allows it to collect cell phone information on the public. They've had it for several years, and have been keeping it up to date with the latest cell

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Safe Streets Turns 25, Looks to Next Quarter Century

Tacoma's Safe Streets program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Begun in 1989 as a response to violence and gang activity in Tacoma's neighborhoods, Safe Streets was a call for collective action. The response to that call came from 125 neighborhood groups over the last quarter century,

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Parkway IPA Fest

Parkway Tavern August 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Its that crazy time of year where we put 32 IPAs on tap for all of you lovely people! Join us for another fun time at The Parkway Tavern with music, beer garden, giant connect four, and BBQ goodness.

Here is your potential tap list:

Bale Breaker Top Cutter
Silver City Dry hop Whoop Pass

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Walk to Work & Win 2014

September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

Walk to work at least five days in the month of September and win a Walk Tacoma t-shirt, a $5 coffee card, and be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to South Sound Running. Just log your trips on the Commute Calendar at PierceTrips.com.

All participants must live or work in downtown

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Pierce County Master Gardener Information Session

WSU Pierce County Extension Office September 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Are you interested in becoming a Pierce County Master Gardener Volunteer? Come to our information session to learn about the program and 2015 trainings.

- Have the opportunity to talk to current MGs about their experiences.
- Learn about the requirements of the MG program
- Ask question

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City Club Outing - Downtown Tacoma Architecture Walk

Start at Fireman's Park September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

David Boe presents his unique view of the history of urban planning in the development of the City of Tacoma. He will present a quick overview of the original 1873 planning layouts for ‘New’ Tacoma and then lead a stroll around Downtown Tacoma to highlight some of the buildings and projects

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13 Miles of Bikeways and Pedestrian Improvements Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Goddess Statues at Wright Park North Entrance September 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

What do 13.1 miles of bike and pedestrian improvements look like? They look like 58 new pedestrian ramps, 2 miles of bike lanes, 296 sharrows, five pedestrian islands and 15 improved intersection crossings. Yet, the real impact of these improvements, which span from South 96th Street and Park

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Tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse

Emergency Food Network September 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Come learn about Pierce County’s emergency food system and tour Emergency Food Network’s Warehouse Distribution Center. For more information: (253) 584-1040 or info@efoodnet.org www.efoodnet.org.

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Tour Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm!

Mother Earth Farm September 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Come learn about Pierce County’s emergency food system and tour Emergency Food Network’s eight acre organic Mother Earth Farm.For more information: (253) 584-1040 or info@efoodnet.org

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Tea Ceremony - Korea

September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered tea consumption a mark of status and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor. Although Tea drinking started in China; Korea, Japan, India, and other Asia Pacific

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“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” - that is all

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Dan Rahe, our very good friend, as well as past writer and editor for Exit133, is departing Tacoma in the next month. Before writing for us, Dan was one of the founding Tacoma Runners. Dan has been an active part of the community since leaving this website. He sits on the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Historic Tacoma Board, and helped create Post Defiance

We dug up the first thing Dan ever officially wrote for Exit133 (not counting his illustrious career as commenter CaptiveYak). Fittingly it is about the absurdity and the value of historic preservation, the Murray Morgan Bridge, and Dan's arrival in Tacoma.

We like the turn of phrase Dan uses to describe the Murray Morgan Bridge:

It watches our tail-lights driving away, and it watches our headlights return. 

Dan, as we watch your tailights head south in all too immediate future, here's hoping it's not too long before we see your headlights pointed toward Tacoma again, at least for a visit.

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WATCH: Boaters wowed by dolphin’s backward backflips in Puget Sound

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We weren't fortunate enough to see the dolphins that visited the waters off Point Defiance over the weekend, but someone was, and they caught a video of it.

It's not often that these creatures make an appearance so close to Tacoma, and when they do, it's always special.

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One Poet’s Vision To Celebrate The Beauty — And The Warts — Of Tacoma

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Tacoma's Poet Laureate, Lucas Smiraldo, wants to hear your poetry, and to share it with others. Smiraldo is collecting poetry by Tacomans about Tacoma for his new Laureate Listening Project, funded by a Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Spark Grant.

He will record Tacomans reading their poetry, and share it on a new website that will locate each poem on a map. He's not looking for experienced poets, but he is looking for meaningful content.

“... I’m not looking for polish,” he said. “I am looking for substance, but I’m not looking for polish.”

We're used to poets laureate telling the story of a place with their own words. Sharing the voices of others is a more inclusive take on the task.

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The 10 most expensive U.S. earthquakes

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As we watch all the pictures and details of the damage coming out of the Napa earthquake over the weekend, it's clear that the cleanup is going to be pretty costly. CNN Money has an interesting list of the top 10 most expensive past earthquakes in the U.S., in terms of damage to homes and other infrastructure.

Most of them are in California, as you might expect, but the Nisqually Quake that shook Tacoma in February 2001 did some serious damage, coming at #3 on this list, with about $2 billion in damages.

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City of Tacoma Observes Labor Day on Sept. 1

Administrative offices in the Tacoma Municipal Building complex (747 Market St. and 733 Market St.) and in other City of Tacoma facilities will close Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.


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Labor Day Weekend Must-Do: Get Out of the Rut

Nature’s calling. And before backpacks are loaded with supplies, before lunches are made, before school bells ring, there’s a glorious end-of-summer celebration at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.


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Take Amtrak Cascades to Seahawks front door for NFL Kickoff Sept. 4

Trains will sell out and reservations are required

SEATTLE –The 2014 NFL Kickoff charges into Seattle on Sept. 4 with a day of events that will make you thankful you planned ahead. Avoid the closed

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Celebrate 13 Miles of Bikeway & Pedestrian Improvements

Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate completion of Tacoma’s 13 Miles of Bikeway and Pedestrian Improvements Project which spans from South 96th Street and Park Avenue South, through downtown along

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Expect delays and traffic congestion each night this week on I-5 in Pierce County

Nighttime drivers should plan for delays on southbound Interstate 5 around Lakewood, DuPont and Tacoma this week. 

Crews are busy building three separate construction projects along mainline I-5.

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