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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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A Quick McMenamins Update

We wrote last December that McMenamins would be indefinitely delaying its Tacoma Elks Lodge project to focus on a Bothell project. Due to the way development agreements were set up differently in the two cities, McMenamins would be focusing on the Anderson School project in Bothell before turning

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Reimagine Public Space on Park(ing) Day 2014

Park(ing) Day is an annual event that asks you to reimagine the possibilities that lie in the boundaries of an ordinary parking spot. Downtown On the Go has been hosting our local Park(ing) Day in downtown Tacoma for several years, but it's only one of many across the country and around the world. Read more


Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of August 26, 2014

Every Other Week Garbage Collection

At this week's study session Council will hear the final report on the implementation of the every-other-week garbage pick up program, which rolled out last year. The report will include data on customer "right-sizing" (adjusting can size to fit household

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Stadium Fare

Stadium District August 30, 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.

Get ready for another amazing fare. We’ll have a 50′s theme so that means

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Keith Musig returns to the Art House Cafe

Art House Cafe August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Keith Musig returns to the Art House Cafe to play solo Jazz and Blues guitar on Saturday, August 30th, from 8:00-11:00pm in the Stadium area of Tacoma. Come listen to an evening of vocal jazz and blues, sit on the patio and have dinner at the Art House Cafe!

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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.

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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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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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What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

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Conversations about so-called "smart cities" focus on the potential for technology to revolutionize life in our urban centers, but often ignore questions of equity and access.

A recent piece from a British author asks another question, though; what if we reframe the idea of "smart" cities to think about how we can ask smarter questions about our cities, rather than just looking for the next smart technology? 

... the smart question about leadership is how to make it more inclusive and participatory, more open and responsive. Social media is one way of opening up such conversations. But if the conversation doesn’t shift the boundaries of who has access to land, property, influence and money, the benefit of the technology is marginal.

As Tacoma develops more apps and more online access, are we opening up government to more people, or are we simply putting more layers between the City and some of its citizens?

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Pet of the Week: Costello

Today’s Featured Dog will be a wonderful addition for the entire family! Costello is a 4 year old American Bulldog/Pitbull mix and is sure to be the life of the party!

This black pup is guaranteed

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Paid On-Street Parking Comes to Tacoma Avenue Sept. 22

Nearly four years to the date, the Tacoma on-street paid parking system is expanding for the first time – to Tacoma Avenue. On Monday, Sept. 22, metered on-street parking will go into effect along

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Know before you go: Spend summer’s last holiday weekend having fun, not stuck in traffic

OLYMPIA – With Washingtonians gearing up to celebrate the last, long holiday weekend of the summer, travelers are advised to plan ahead for heavy traffic on the state’s major highways. 

One way to

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Iittala Birds Return to Museum of Glass with Limited Edition Anna’s Hummingbird on Sept 24, 2014

Tacoma, Wash. — Iittala birds by Oiva Toikka return to Museum of Glass for the eleventh consecutive year on September 24, 2014. In partnership with Finland’s Iittala, Inc., this year’s display will

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Three men charged for murder at Tacoma motel

TACOMA, WA – Marcus Boykin, 30, and Aron Skaro, 32, will be arraigned today for the shooting death of Kevin Young, 41, in his Tacoma motel room last week. Yesterday Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged

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