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Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

With work well underway on the UWT Station section of the Prairie Line Trail, City design plans are moving forward as well - and finding a few unexpected issues.

The City is now working on finalizing plans for the northern third of the one (ish) mile pedestrian and bike corridor that will connect

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Envisioning Tacoma

What's your vision for Tacoma? That's what the City of Tacoma wants to know.

The City is reaching out to citizens on a number of fronts to engage citizens in the discussion of what Tacoma's future looks like in a strategic visioning process meant to identify and prioritize goals for Tacoma's

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Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

The City of Tacoma reports that the switch to every-other-week garbage pick-up is meeting goals for cost-savings and greenhouse gas reduction.

The every-other-week program, rolled out last year is cutting City fuel costs by 44%, for about $163,000 saved over the course of the year, according to a

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014



Resolution No. 38960 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma; accepting $601,949 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for the replacement of one switcher locomotive. [Alan Matheson, Chief

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

Construction Projects

At this week's study session, Tacoma City Council will hear an update on the various construction projects currently underway around Tacoma, as well as recently completed projects. ...

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Free Saturday 5k for July 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park July 26, 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/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Kidical Mass Tacoma: East Side Ride

Stewart Heights Park July 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Let’s go berry picking! On Saturday July 26, we’ll meetup at 10:30am at Stewart Heights Park near the playground. At 11am we’ll roll-out for a flat ride to Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. We’ll pick blueberries for a little while (bring a container!) then head back to Stewart Heights. We’ll

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Dog-A-Thon 2014

Fort Steilacoom Park July 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Dog-A-Thon provides vital support for adoption programs at the shelter. Last year, participants raised a record $240,000 for homeless animals, which helped find loving, forever homes for more than 6,000 pets.

Pick up your pledge form at the Humane Society, 2608 Center Street in Tacoma, or at

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Stadium Fare

Stadium District July 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tacoma’s specialty food and fine arts market. The Fare offers great local food, vintage and artistic wares, and entertainment.

The Fare will be held the last two Saturday’s of July, August, and September in 2014.

2nd time around, get excited and ready for another great fare.


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Ethnic Fest 2014

Wright Park July 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live.

Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world!

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12th Annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival

South Tacoma Way July 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

The Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off Saturday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m. providing jazz and blues music lovers with one-of-a-kind performances from a variety of artists and ensembles throughout the day. This year’s headliners include Vicci Martinez, Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Orchestra,

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Aroma of Tacoma Awards Ceremony + Progressive Party!

Harmon Tap Room July 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Join us on July 26th for a full day of fun!

ALL day we will be doing tours of our newly integrated spaces as well as samples and tasters of all our new delectable offerings! Including: samples of our event space menu, desserts from our new in-house baker, specialty seasonal beers, tasters of our

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Summer Drive-In Movie: Smokey & the Bandit

LeMay America's Car Museum July 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Join us for drive-in movies on the Haub Family Showfield where the cars are the stars! Watch in your car or from a blanket or chair on the ACM lawn. Either option will give you a great view of the 40-foot outdoor screen! Select Saturdays this summer, join us for car-themed movies on the Haub Family

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Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

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Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic engines, the Port and JBLM, and sees dark clouds on the horizon, and no one knows where the umbrellas are.

As he puts it, "as we approach an economic moment of truth, I don’t understand our plan for winning ... please, will someone, anyone, articulate our economic development strategy in terms of measurable results?"

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Shaw House: A Tacoma architect’s home and idea lab could soon be a local historic landmark

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The 113-year-old home of Tacoma architect Stanley T. Shaw is being considered for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic places.

It's not a big piece of history, but sometimes it's the little stories, not the big ones that really give you a sense of place. Todd Matthews over at the Tacoma Daily Index wrote a nice piece on the home and the architect who built it, as well as some other buildings still standing around town.

Whether or not the home is included in the list, it's an enjoyable tour of a little corner of Tacoma's history.

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Tacoma rebounds

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Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County, and the rest of the state.

The conclusion? "Tacoma faces some big challenges," but "Tacoma and Pierce County are essential elements of the Puget Sound economy. And the significant improvements there are good for the entire region."

Does the Tacoma described in the Seattle Times piece sound like the Tacoma you know?

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How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

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The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals significantly lower the rates of readmission for heart failure - improving patient health outcomes, and saving hospitals money. The Risk-o-meter analyzes more than 100 factors, producing risk scores that help doctors make decisions on patient care throughout the treatment process, and even after the patient has left the hospital.

You don't have to be much of a techie to know that big data is a big buzz word these days, and with an Affordable Care Act emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions, this technology hits a couple of hot topics right now.

It's exciting to see UWT getting attention for this innovative project.

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Pierce Transit CEO Lynne Griffith Announces Plans to Retire

Today, Pierce Transit CEO Lynne Griffith announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2014. Griffith has led the Agency since April 17, 2006.

In a letter to the Pierce Transit Board and

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Five days remain: Shape the future of regional mass transit

Only five days remain! Have you joined the conversation?

Now is the time to comment on Sound Transit’s Long-Range Plan Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) released last

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Every Other Week Garbage Collection is Meeting Projected Goals

The City of Tacoma’s rollout of every other week garbage collection is reducing fuel costs and pollution as projected.

In the first quarter, fuel costs were reduced by 44 percent, which if sustained

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Aerospace Summit highlights local successes, challenges in global market

With Boeing forecasting huge demand for new airplanes over the next two decades, Pierce County aerospace industry stakeholders spent Wednesday, July 23, discussing how to make sure this region

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Tacoma Poet Laureate Launches ‘Laureate Listening Project’

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo has partnered with the City of Tacoma and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to launch the Laureate Listening Project, an interactive audio anthology website

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