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Jobs and Housing: Finding the Sweet Spot for Affordable Quality of Life

At the UWT Urban Studies forum on jobs and housing last month we got deeper insights from panels of smart people about finding the right mix of jobs and housing for strong economic development. While the discussion looked more broadly at questions of jobs and housing trends around the country, we

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Planning Continues for Point Defiance Master Plan

Metro Parks Tacoma is in the middle of a series of public meetings that are part of the final phase of a master planning process to guide the future of Point Defiance Park.

The final Master Plan will be the finished product evolving out of the "concept plan" for the park developed over the last

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State of the City: “More Than Potholes… Deep Repairs…”

On February 25 Mayor Strickland gave her State of the City Address for 2015. Following up on last year's "Tacoma 2.0" theme, the Mayor's theme this year was "Tacoma Rising;" a nod to the fact that while things are looking up, there's still work to be done. Strickland challenged all Tacomans to "do

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 3, 2015



Resolution No. 39129 A resolution setting Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the east 35 feet of East L Street between East 52nd and East 54th Streets for a 37 residential plat development

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A Monkeyshines Proposal

Every Monkeyshines discovery is special, but yesterday we witnessed one at Point Defiance Park that went to a whole new level.

A couple out for a trail run at the park stopped to walk near the freshly restored Pagoda. They continued down the path to the overlook perched above the ferry terminal to

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of March 3, 2015


The billboards debate is back with the final report from the Billboard Community Working Group assembled by the City of Tacoma last year. After half a year and a dozen meetings, the group made up of community stakeholders and representatives from the billboard company and advertisers

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E-9 to Open New Barrel House

On Friday the 43-year-old restaurant and bar announced some changes: work will begin soon on a new barrel house in the Stadium District. The new space will expand their brewing capacity. It will also house a new barrel room.

Expanded brewing space, along with new bottling equipment, will mean

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - February 24, 2015

There was a full-ish chamber this week, but nothing like what we saw last time Point Ruston annexation was up for conversation.



Resolution No. 39119 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma, for the design and future

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Free Saturday 5k for March 7, 2015

Point Defiance Park March 7, 2015 at 8:00 am
It’s March, and we’re looking at another beautiful, almost-spring weekend. Start it off right with the Tacoma Runners free Saturday 5k - a great run with great people in a beautiful park.

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma

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8th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo

Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center March 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

The 8th annual South Sound Sustainability Expo is a great place to explore resources for sustainable living in the South Sound region. Attend and interact with over 75 business, organizations, and individuals working towards environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This year we will have

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University of Puget Sound : Jacobsen Jr. A Children’s Concert: Made (Mostly) in the U.S.A.

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Children’s concert featuring selections from Porgy and Bess, saxophone quartet; Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter, typewriter soloist with student band; Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday, trumpet trio with student band; The Banjo, Duane Hulbert, piano; Gershwin’s An American in Paris,

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E-9 Bottle Release!

Engine House No. 9 March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

We did it! Finally bottled up some of our amazing beers! Join us in the release of our Raspberry Wild and the Barrel Aged Farmhouse Deux.

Since we only have a limited amount please be kind when purchasing them to go. We will also have these beers on tap during the release so you can try them

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VeloFemmes Spring Fun

2nd Cycle Community Cycling Center March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

It’s daylight savings! It’s international women’s day! What better reason for a VeloFemmes get together.We’re hosting a Fixing, Biking, Drinking Event and we invite you to join us for all three or just one!We’ll meet at 2nd Cycle at 3 p.m. for a Fix-A-Flat Training with our own Teri Stopoulos.Then

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical

Pantages Theater March 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $19, $29, $35, $49
Get ready for a finger-snappin’, toe-tappin’ evening as the music of Fats Waller takes you to jazz clubs of the Harlem Renaissance inAin’t Misbehavin’! Five great Northwest performers present a rowdy musical homage to songwriter Fats Waller. Encapsulating the

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

University of Puget Sound Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Jess K Smith ‘05, director,
Tickets: $11 general; $7 seniors, students, military, tickets available at Wheelock Information Center, 253.879.3100, or online at tickets.pugetsound.edu
Performances: Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.; and

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Jewelry Making: Hollow Beads Workshop

Tacoma Metal Arts Center March 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

Course description: Learn to make hollow forms from sheet metal in copper, brass or silver. You’ll be guided step by step through cutting discs, doming the circles, fitting solder seams and polishing. Simple texturing techniques will be covered as well. Materials: Copper provided, or bring 20 g

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Total Hvar

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Last week the City Council made Hvar, Croatia Tacoma's 13th Sister City. We wrote about it in our City Council meeting notes, and it looks like someone in Hvar is paying attention too. This week a website on the other side of the relationship posted about it on the blog Total Hvar. Fortunately it's in English, so we can read it too.

If you're interested in knowing more about Tacoma's newest sibling city (or as the Hvar post refers to us, their new "twin town"), this looks like a great place to start. And Hvar looks like it might be a great place for a trip.

The website shows sailing, cycling, rock climbing, dining, wine tasting, beaches, restaurants, and more, along with some blog-style commentary on local goings-on. We're already looking up ticket deals.

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Sound Physicians signs lease for Umpqua Bank Building

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New life will be coming to the corner of 15th and Pacific: Sound Physicians has signed an 11 year lease for space in the Umpqua Bank building across the street from Pacific Grill and the United Way Building.

Sound Physicians' CEO Rob Bessler, MD had some glowing things to say about Tacoma: “Downtown Tacoma is becoming a more vibrant city with a nice mix of local offerings for our colleagues with shorter commute times and lower costs than in Seattle— it has been a great place to grow our organization. We’re fortunate to work in such a beautiful spot surrounded by views of Commencement Bay, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.”

The organization will be moving its 150 employees just a few blocks from its current location at 11th and Pacific to the new space, Which will give it room to grow.

Read the full press release here.

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BBC Pop Up: Behind the scenes in Tacoma

The BBC is in town, and they want to know all of Tacoma's hidden secrets. The BBC Pop Up van is an experimental concept by the BBC. They've been travelling the US, finding cities that don't normally get a whole lot of international media attention, and spending a month there trying to really get to know them. And Tacoma is the last of six cities on the tour.

The BBC Pop Up crew looks for local stories to share with their global audience - preferably things that are unique and off the beaten track.

Their first stories are starting to appear now. What else should they share about Tacoma?

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Parts of the ferry Kalakala find new home in Seattle

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The Kalakala is now dismantled, never to be fully reassembled. But it's not completely gone. Seattle restauranteur Gerry Kingen will be preserving some significant pieces of the historic ferry.

Kingen plans to assemble the pieces - including the wheelhouse, the rudder, and the 30-foot long crank shaft - into a kind of walk-through public art installation near Salty's at Alki Beach, which he owns.

It's not exactly putting the Kalakala back on the water, but this seems like as close as it's going to get.

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YWCA Pierce County & Tacoma Urban League Host Selma Solidarity March

On Sunday March 8th, 2015 at 2 pm, the Tacoma community will come together in solidarity to support the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. Over 250 participants are

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Foss Waterway Development Authority seeks volunteers for its Urban Design Review Committee

Tacoma, WA – March 6, 2015 – The Foss Waterway Development Authority is seeking Volunteers to serve on its Urban Design Review Committee.  This committee reviews development projects on the Thea Foss

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University of Puget Sound to Open Athletics and Aquatics Center in Fall 2016

New construction to complement historic Memorial Fieldhouse

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound is moving forward with plans to enhance its athletics facilities, including the addition of a

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Pierce County Council chair supports the citizens’ right to referendum

Councilmember Dan Roach, who chairs the Pierce County Council, has announced he’ll be proposing a resolution that would direct the county prosecutor’s office to drop a recently-filed lawsuit against

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Pet of the Week: Gere

Our Featured Pet this week is a rabbit!

Bring home Gere, a black male, and find yourself bonded for life. Like most rabbits, Gere is highly intelligent, and requires ample “hop time” to burn off his

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