Exit133 is about Tacoma
At long last construction is about to begin on new restrooms at Old Town Dock. The City announced Tuesday that work would begin March 17, and wrap up sometime this summer.
Along with the brand spanking new public restrooms, the $260,000 project will also include a drinking fountain, sidewalk improvements in the vicinity, improved crosswalks across Ruston Way, ...Read more
One of the more colorful events you'll see returns to Tacoma this spring: For the third year in a row the University of Puget Sound will welcome the luchadors of Lucha Libre Volcánica to campus. What, you're not familiar with lucha libre?
Lucha libre is a highly acrobatic form of professional
Among proposed updates to Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code being considered for 2014 are a list of amendments related to sustainability issues.
The amendments in this section were developed by City staff with the intent of updating the Land Use Regulatory Code to encourageRead more
Last year residents frustrated with Tacoma's pedestrian infrastructure (or maybe with the lack-thereof) expressed themselves in a way that City Manager TC Broadnax and others found unacceptable. The guerrilla crosswalks provoked threats of legal action, and brought out City street grinders, whichRead more
Last year we wrote about a proposal to close the outer loop of Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance to vehicle traffic on weekday mornings to make it more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians.
A pilot project implementing the closure until 11 a.m. on weekday mornings began last November. That pilotRead more
On Wednesday, March 12, planning staff will host an informational 2014 annual amendment question and answer session at 5 p.m., in Room 335 of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St. The session is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the 2014 Annual Amendment prior to the March 19Read more
Join us at this public meeting to learn about locations under consideration for the Freighthouse Square station.
WSDOT will share:
- What we heard from the community at the February workshop
- Which concepts are moving forward
We appreciate your feedback at the Amtrak Station RelocationRead more
An International Analysis
Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Some commentators take the view that the growth of multi-national companies operating on a global basis is now so well developed that cities are best viewed as helpless victims in a global flowRead more
This session is appropriate for all frontline staff and their management, and is especially suited for hotels, restaurants, retail shops, event/meeting spaces, and attractions.Your staff will engage with hospitality industry expert, Ken Batali who will help prepare them to meet the expectations ofRead more
Come learn why tourism matters! This event is both informative and celebratory. The luncheon will feature an overview of what our tourism community has accomplished in 2013, and present strategies for future success. Your hosts for the event are Bennish Brown, CEO, and Dan O’Leary, Board Chair, ofRead more
A different film every Thursday starting February 6th through April 3rd at University of Puget Sound.Films held in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall which is located on the corner of North 13th and Lawrence streets (The only exception is on February 27th when the film will be held at the KilworthRead more
Join us this week as we return to Doyle’s in the Stadium District for our traditional St. Patrick’s Day run out from under the big event tent. You know the drill - 3 easy miles followed by Guinness, or other beverage of your choice, back at the bar. This week we will also bid adieu to two ofRead more
An evening of the latest and greatest full length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. From world class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors The Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual runRead more
Is it enough to offer people carrots like new bike lanes, nice bus stops, and commuter programs if you want to get them out of their cars? Do cities serious about change need to bring out the sticks as well, to do more to make driving less attractive while they make other options more so?
If cities like Tacoma want their investments in transit infrastructure to be money well-spent, do they need to implement disencentives too? And if they don't, is it because they're afraid?
Should the saying be "if you build it, they won't come... unless you give them a push...?"Read more at The Atlantic Cities
The latest edition of Tacoma Report is out. The City of Tacoma's City "news" program highlights quite a few topics related to City services and goings-on in Tacoma.
This month those include street sweeping, stormwater pipe maintenance, copper wire theft, Hilltop Diversitree program, community gardens, Tacoma's EnviroHouse, tax preparation assistance, City QA and 311 services, City of Destiny Awards, event permitting improvements, and more.
Watch Tacoma Report streaming on the TV Tacoma website.Read more at TV Tacoma
An American Public Transit Association report says that in 2013 more Americans used public transportation as an alternative to their cars for trips within metropolitan areas than in any year since 1956.
That seems like a significant number, but what's the story behind it? This latest report challenges the idea that commute choices are tied more or less directly to gas prices.
The APTA president calls it a "fundamental shift in how people are moving about their communities," and he draws a connection between investments in transit and positive impacts on unemployment rates.
Public transit is becoming more attractive and more popular across the US - is Tacoma a part of this trend?Read more at New York Times
The Project for Public Spaces has a guide to "Rightsizing Streets," which it hopes will help promote rightsizing as a means of improving streets for all users and creating a sense of place. The idea is to consider streets on a pedestrian scale, rather than just a motor vehicle scale, creating spaces that work for people as well as cars, while making the best use of public spaces.
What may be most interesting are the case studies of projects to "rightsize" streets and public spaces in cities around the country.
It has us wondering what spaces in Tacoma might be good candidates for "rightsizing..."Read more at Project for Public Spaces
There's a lot of anti-Walmart sentiment out there - in Tacoma, and beyond. In that context, an article posted from Eric McAfee of American Dirt, which takes a closer look at the thriving downtown and urban fabric of Walmart's own home town may be of interest.
McAfee offers some challenging questions, and an interesting perspective on the issue. We'll let you decide whether any of it is persuasive...Read more at Urbanophile
The Tacoma Art Museum's new wing reached a pair of milestones this week.
On Wednesday the final beam of the new Haub Family Galleries, signed by members of the community, was lifted into place.
TAM also announced that they have met and exceeded their $15.5 million fundraising goal for the new addition.
The first exhibit is set to open May 10.Read more at The News Tribune
Tacoma's Charter review process is in full swing, with meetings every Monday and Wednesday. It's a pretty involved process, with a lot of nuance, and a lot of discussion.
If you're inclined, you can find relevant documents, and link to agendas and audio recordings of Charter Review Committee meetings (Mac users might find them a little difficult to play, but it can be done), at cityoftacoma.org/charterreview.
If you don't have time to sit down and pore over all the hours of discussion, you can follow along with The News Tribune's Kate Martin on Twitter at @KateReports where she live tweets meetings. On Monday she also did a nice recap of some discussion around the future of Tacoma's public utilities.Read more at The News Tribune
Apparently Tacoma isn't the only place where the terribleness of the potholes is a meme.
Photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca have reimagined some pretty horrible potholes around the continent in a series of new and creative ways.
We're envisioning the Tacoma version of these artistic renderings... What could you do with your local pothole?Read more at Indulgd
Show brings popular Mexican masked wrestling to the Puget Sound Area
Tacoma, WA March 29, 2014: The University of Puget Sound will be hosting its 3rd annual lucha libre show on March 29th, 2014 inRead more
We often find ourselves in the presence of special animals, who require special attention.
Panda came to us on Valentine’s Day as his owners could no longer give him the proper care he needed. WhileRead more
Tacoma waterfront improvements continue. Construction on a new public restroom at Old Town Dock will begin March 17 and complete this summer. The work will include two new public restrooms, sidewalkRead more
14th annual South Sound Technology Conference at UW Tacoma
TACOMA, WASH. — In a numerological coincidence, the 14th installment of the South Sound Technology Conference will take place on March 14,Read more
The Grand Cinema is proud to present their first-ever Documentary Week, March 21-27. The series will showcase seven critically acclaimed, first-run documentaries that will all be screening for theRead more