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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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Skip Your Spin Class (SYSC) Ride

5 Mile Loop at Point Defiance Park July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

Join some awesome ladies for a loop (or 2) around beautiful Five mile Drive at Point Defiance Park. Meet at the kiosk by the entrance to the park at 10AM. This is a weekly, casual paced ride with a no drop policy.

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Tuesday Night Ride

O'Malley's Irish Pub July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Meet at O’Mally’s on 6th Ave. to ride 25 miles (or so). Return to O’Mally’s for delicious food from Parker’s at O’Malley’s. It’s Taco Tuesday, folks! Get on your bike!

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Tacoma 2025 Community Visioning Workshop

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center July 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Tacoma’s Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is intended to set the course and guide where the City of Tacoma (as both a local government organization and a community) is going over the next 10 years, and to help the City direct its efforts and resources toward a clearly defined vision for its

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Friday Morning Movies at Main!

Main Library August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hollywood comes to Tacoma Public Library every Friday morning at 10 a.m. This week join us for one of 2014’s blockbuster films about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. Call the Main library for more details,

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Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament

Gig Harbor Sportsman's Club August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This fundraising Trap Shooting Tournament benefits Emergency Food Network, providing emergency food for low-income children, adults and seniors. Teams of five shooters will make a difference in their community by putting much need food on the tables of those in need. Each shooter will have the

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Spaceworks Quadruple Grand Opening

10th and MLK August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to celebrate the grand opening of four new businesses at the corner of 10th and Martin Luther King Jr Way. We partnered with property owner Paul Okner to help activate this previously vacant building.

Spaceworks and the owners of Concrete Market, The Tshirt Men

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Tea Ceremony - China

August 2, 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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Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon

Tacoma Narrows Airport August 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

Run or walk one of the most unique race courses in the Puget Sound Region! This point to point course starts at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, crosses over the majestic Tacoma Narrows Bridge, runs on the warning track at Cheney Stadium (where you will see yourself on the jumbo tron), and finishes in

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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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