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Dreaming Big for Hilltop’s Vacant Spaces…

In his latest columnThe News Tribune's Matt Driscoll takes a look at development in the Hilltop - and specifically at the lack of development on one particular block of the neighborhood - the block where the vacant (did someone say haunted?) Rite Aid sits.

He begins with a little optimism about

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New Developments Related to the County General Services Building

If you haven't been following the latest on the general services building Pierce County wants to build on the site of the old Puget Sound Hospital, here are a few updates.

In late Feburary, after the County Council approved the building's construction in a 4 to 3 vote, a citizen group based in Gig

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Beer + Hot Dogs + Baseball = Sounds Like Summer

Here's a little something that caught our eye on the social medias this weekend: The Red Hot has announced that they will be open for business at a second location this summer - Cheney Stadium.

This Saturday Cheney Stadium hosted its preseason opener under sometimes blue skies, and The Red Hot

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Are King County Ex-Pats Turning Pierce County Into a Permanent Bedroom Community for Seattle?

A Seattle Times article last week looked at new census numbers that show King County's "net domestic migration" slowing. That's the number of people moving into the county, minus the number moving out, so a decrease means that while King County is still drawing more people than it's losing, that

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of March 31, 2015

HUD Funding

This week the Tacoma City Council will hold a joint study session with the Tacoma Public Utility Board to discuss an update on the Click! Network. The Council will also hold a separate study session to discuss the HUD Annual Action Plan and Draft 2016-2019 Consolidated Plan.


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Strategic Direction 2015

Every year the Tacoma City Council identifies a strategic direction for the coming year. The council is scheduled to consider a resolution adopting this year's strategic priorities at its regular meeting next Tuesday.

By identifying a strategic direction, and laying out specific priorities and

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The Start of Spring Means the Start of Farmers’ Market Season

The return of the farmers' markets is one of the signs that winter really is over. So along with the blooming buds and chirping birds, this weekend we get to celebrate spring with opening day of the Proctor Farmers' Market.

The tents go up Saturday morning, and local farmers officially open their

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - March 24, 2015



Ordinance No. 28288 An ordinance providing for the formation of Local Improvement District No. 8662, for pervious asphalt concrete paving, concrete banding, and modification of the existing storm drain lines and storm water

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Walk Tacoma Series Kick-Off: Tacoma’s Famous People and Places

Wright Park at the Lion Sculptures April 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Celebrate National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1 at noon, with Downtown On the Go and the American Heart Association, in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma. This event will kick-off the 2015 Walk Tacoma series sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health.

Participants will walk 1.5 miles through

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Navigating Cancer Survivorship

Tacoma General Hospital - Mutlicare Regional Cancer Center April 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Gilda’s on the Go is hosting a free community lecture for anyone affected by cancer. Have you experienced the “roller-coaster” of emotions that come along with a cancer diagnosis? Our speaker, Bruce Gimplin, LICSW, will talk about the shared experiences of anxiety, depression, fear, and grief, and

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Violin recital by Stephen Miahky, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin, Vanderbilt University, 1st vio

University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall April 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Recital will include works by Brahms, Berio, Davidovsky, and Piazzolla. Duane Hulbert, piano

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The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

​Free funk rock show!

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Organ at Noon

University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel April 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Organist Joseph Adam will play works by Grigny, Bach, Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, and Froberger. Free

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The Hipsters

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm

​Come see one of Seattle’s favorite cover bands at The Swiss!

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Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Wright Park April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

New Community ChurchEaster Egg Hunt @ Wright ParkSaturday April 4th, 2015Registration Begins @ 9:30AMEvent Time: 10AM-11:30AM FREE ADMISSION!! Event date and time: Saturday, April 4th, from 10am to 11:30am; Registration begins at 9:30am. We are inviting the city of Tacoma to join us for a

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Draft Horse Plow at Mother Earth Farm

Mother Earth Farm April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

Please join us in kicking off the growing season at Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm! Four to six draft horse teams will plow and ready the fields for spring planting.
This FREE event is fun for the whole family! The perfect Easter weekend outing… don’t forget your camera!

Come anytime

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Weyerhaeuser mansion neighbor loses most arguments in bid for event venue reconsideration

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If you've been following the ongoing fight over the use of the Weyerhaeuser Mansion, here's the latest chapter:

Tacoma Hearing Examiner Phyllis MacLeod has more or less reaffirmed her previous ruling, with only minor modification. This, despite the protests of neighbors to the historic property. Those neighbors had made several requests for reconsideration of the earlier ruling by the Hearing Examiner.

The latest decision does modify the ruling to require that the off-duty police officers required to act as security for the event space would also be required to walk the property boundary. The examiner turned down requests from the neighbors to have their approval for design and placement of a noise-buffering wall between the two properties.

Will this ruling finally settle the matter and allow the sale of the property and the booking of events to move forward? 

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Engine House 9 Tacoma: The Changing Face of Washington Brewing, Part One

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Steve Body, writing as "The Pour Fool" at the SeattlePI.com has some very nice things to say about the beers Shane Johns is producing over at E-9.  Then there's what he says about Tacoma ... 

He calls Tacoma "one of the most unlikely places in the United States" for interesting beers, and goes on to describe Tacoma ("For those who have never been there"). 

"Tacoma, Washington, is a step into a time machine; a slice of 1958 Seattle that broke off, rolled south, and got snagged on a tree root on the shores of Commencement Bay.

... its people are a wild mix of Northwest Gen-Xers, old hippies, the desperately poor, a thin stratum of Old Money, and the largest concentration of rednecks west of Alabama. It is a city that could be (and probably is) accurately pegged as a hotbed of wallet-on-a-chain monster-truck fans whose beer preference stops at whatever is the current outer parameters of Anheuser Busch’s watery lager continuum..."

It goes on. This doesn't sound familiar to us, and the only thing we can figure is that Body has never gone to the trouble of getting off the freeway and spending any time in Tacoma. We've heard a lot of aggressively ignorant stereotypes about Tacoma ...

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Glassblowers versus skaters

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As you may have heard, the BBC is touring Tacoma this month, recording stories via their new BBC Pop Up project

They've talked to and recorded local storytellers, artists, and others for inclusion in a series that will air for viewers back on the other side of the pond and elsewhere around the world. 

Two of the special Tacoma stories they captured during their time here involve the ongoing renaissance of the Hilltop, and a couple programs that work with youth from that neighborhood and elsewhere. We won't see the full videos on air here in the states, but the BBC Pop Up Behind the Scenes blog has some clips for us. 

Hilltop Artists and Alchemy Skateboarding are ideas that have roots firmly planted in gritty Tacoma soil. And now the rest of the world will have a chance to learn about them.

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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.

Read more at Total Hvar

Floodwall in Place at Tacoma’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

Tacoma’s Central Wastewater Treatment Plant is protected against a potential flooding event now that a floodwall is fully in place around the facility and in working order.

Construction, which

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Apply by April 9th to Join the Human Rights Commission

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four positions on the Human Rights Commission. 

The Human Rights Commission consists of fifteen members serving three year terms and is composed of

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New Episode of ‘artTown’ Now Airing

-- Show Features Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Music Director Sarah Ioannides, Musician Kim Davenport, Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, Samuel Dashiell Hammett's Flitcraft Parable --

Tacoma, Wash.

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ADA Parking Improvements Scheduled for March - May 2015

The City of Tacoma’s Public Works Department is starting ADA parking and sidewalk improvements at four City-owned facilities. The work will start in March and extend through May as part of the City’s

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Councilmember Roach wants to give the people a say in proposed building

Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach is proposing an ordinance that aims to accomplish what a private citizen has come under fire for trying to do: give the taxpayers a voice in the multi-million

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