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This Weekend: 5 Fun Things

It's Friday, and we know we're not alone in keeping an eye on the clock, waiting for the work day to tick away. As we wait, we've got one eye on the clock, and the other on our events calendar - and we're seeing the return of a few annual favorites, along with a couple new ones... 

Tacoma Arts Month Kick-Off - During the month of October Tacoma celebrates its arts community, with special events, studio tours, performances, participatory workshops and more. It all gets going this Friday, October 2, with a big kick-off event at the ...

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EB-5 Investor Visa Program Up for Review, Facing Challenges

The EB-5 program, which funds developments like Tacoma's pending Convention Center Hotel project in the works from Yareton Investments, was created to attract foreign investment dollars to projects that will create jobs in high unemployment areas.

The program has been really popular with foreign,

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 29, 2015



Resolution No. 39272 A resolution setting Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on the request to vacate the alley between East D Street and East E Street, north of Puyallup Avenue and south of the BNSF Railway

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Making Nice With Clear Channel On the Billboard Issue

In an ongoing effort to make nice with Clear Channel over the media company's refusal to remove its billboards that don't conform with Tacoma code, the City is considering further modifications to that code. A public hearing on the proposed modifications is scheduled for next week.

The proposed

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 29, 2015

Live/Work and Work/Live

Changes being proposed to how the City of Tacoma handles spaces that serve as both business and residence will get some attention this week. Proposed amendments to the Land Use code related to Live/Work and newly proposed Work/Live categories of use will be the topic of

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This Weekend: Are You Ready for the Weekend?!

Tacoma! I want you to know that I missed you all terribly last week as I was away from my computer, entertaining guests from out of town. I hope you found some ways to entertain yourselves - and that you got to practice your pirate speak for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on Saturday. 

This week I'm

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 22, 2015

Mayor Strickland was absent from this week’s meeting, so Deputy Mayor Boe took over the running of the show.


October 1, 2015 was proclaimed as Denny Faker Day in the City of Tacoma in recognition of Faker’s contributions to the quality of

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An EB-5 Funded Mixed-Use Development in Tacoma’s Brewery District?

Here's something we somehow missed this summer. It showed up in a City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development publication back in June. 

Wuhan Boshengshiji Real Estate, a Wuhan-based developer, is in the process of negotiating a development agreement with the City of Tacoma to acquire a

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Suggest A Story Upcoming Events

Hunger Walk 2015

Fort Steilacoom Park October 4, 2015 at 2:30 am

What: 5K & 10K Fundraising Walk/Run, for hunger relief in our community and abroad

When: October 4, 2015
Registration opens 12noon, Run starts 1PM, Walk begins 2PM. Entertainment, food, and family fun Noon to 4PM.
Where: Fort Steilacoom Park, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood, WA (Across from

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Farm Fest

Britt and Reinke Meints Acres October 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Farm Fest is an open and inclusive gathering of people interested in Agriculture, Sustainability, and Holistic Living. Creating Change through Community! Come out and meet the others!
- $5 if you bring a meal for 4-6 people to share (ticket is good for a family)
- $10 early bird ~ buying

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54th Tacoma Greek Festival

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church October 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

Join Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for the 54th Tacoma Greek Festival!

Traditional Greek food, cultural performances, dancing, music, and tours of the church.

Admission is free for the whole family.

Friday & Sat: 11am-9PM. Sunday: 11am-6pm

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Peeled Bananas Comedy Night Presents: Open Mic

B Sharp Coffee House October 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Peeled Bananas Comedy Night presents a brand new comedy open mic to the downtown scene. Every Tuesday starting at 7:30 come on out and enjoy hilarious performances from some of the PNW most promising comedians. B Sharp also has an assortment of delicious foods, coffee, and beer; the perfect venue

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Public Hearing: Proposed Land Use Regulations Concerning Billboards

October 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

A public hearing by the Planning Commission is scheduled on proposed changes to the way the City of Tacoma regulates billboards.


The Planning Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed land use regulations concerning Billboards. The proposal would amend

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Creative Colloquy Crawl

Various Downtown Locales October 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education

Pantages Theater October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $89, $109, $149, $169

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts presents Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education.

One of North America’s most popular entertainers, the legendary Johnny Mathis performs your favorites in his trademark velvety voice. Known for his

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Basic Mediation Training

Center for Dialog & Resolution October 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

Would you like formal training in facilitating parties to work to resolve conflicts? The Center for Dialog & Resolution (also known as Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution) is offering a Washington Mediation Association approved 40-hour course teaching the process of mediation, communication

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Tacoma Soul and The Right Drink: Uncle Thurm’s and Booze Affinity

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Back in March we read a review of the craft beer scene in Tacoma from a Seattle PI columnist going by the handle of "The Pour Fool." The Fool's review of Tacoma did not exactly endear him to Tacomans. To be fair, his review of beers brewed at Tacoma's E-9 was enthusiastically favorable. His description of Tacoma, on the other hand, was distinctly less so.

Now The Pour Fool has posted a new review of a Tacoma establishment, and it's one that may redeem him a bit. While he doesn't say much about Tacoma as a city, he does write glowingly about a long-time Tacoma establishment, Uncle Thurm's. 

In the context of answering the question of what beverage goes with Southern Food, the Fool (a transplanted southerner) is absolutely effusive about Thurm's: "Thurm’s is simply a near-perfect snapshot of what’s really great about Southern food. EVERY single item on our two plates was the best of its type I’ve found in 23 years." And his answer to the question of what to pair with that perfect plate of Southern food fits in well with what we know many a Tacoma beer drinker would instinctively reach for: a big, herbal IPA. 

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The Cities with the Highest (and Lowest) Real Minimum Wage

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A recent piece on the Huffington Post Business Blog takes a look at some research that tries to get at how the real value of a minimum wage varies from city to city.

The report adjusts the minimum wage in each city according to the cost of living in each location, generating a number they call the "real minimum wage" in relation to the national average. They give the example of Seattle, where the current minimum wage for large employers is $11 an hour, and the cost of living is 20% above the national average. The "real" minimum wage they find for Seattle comes out at $8.38 per hour, making it the 37th highest of the 241 largest US cities studied.

Tacoma is another one of the cities analyzed. The current state minimum wage of $9.47 an hour, in the context of Tacoma's cost of living at 3% higher than national average, comes out of their equation as $9.17 an hour in terms of what the wage will buy you here. That puts Tacoma's current "real" minimum wage at 10th highest on their list. That's before any proposed increase kicks in. If the proposed increase to $15 an hour goes through, the Post piece predicts "Tacoma would likely have the highest cost-of-living-adjusted minimum wage in the U.S."

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Fed up with Seattle? Here are 9 other cities you’ll love

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A piece on Crosscut today pitches Tacoma as one possible next big thing for Seattlites fed up with Seattle. 

Writer Mark Hinshaw describes a "wonderfully gritty Tacoma" coming to life after a long spell in the doldrums. Museums and galleries downtown, pleasant neighborhoods and shopping districts, "26th and Proctor is like a diminutive Capitol Hill..." Hey, this sounds like a place a Seattleite might actually enjoy... or at least enjoy making their own...

"Yes, the Seattle that existed when you first arrived here ... is indeed dead. And it’s not coming back. But hey, if you can’t deal with it, there is something you can do. You can reinvent your own place elsewhere."

Elsewhere - like Tacoma. Hinshaw has a message for Seattleites that could just as easily apply to Tacoma: "Listen up, now. Cities. Change. Constantly." If Tacoma continues to see an influx of King County refugees, it could change us too. Like the varied responses from different EU countries to those fleeing Syrians, how we deal with it will define us.

So, do we welcome downtrodden Seattle migrants with open arms, or encourage them to continue their search for new homes in other places like Puyallup, Bremerton, or Anacortes?

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Apartments serving homeless veterans proposed for East Side Tacoma transit center

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A new project proposed by a regional nonprofit would bring together services and housing for veterans in a transit-oriented development on Tacoma's Eastside.

Last week Pierce Transit announced that it had received the unsolicited proposal for its transit center at 72nd and M from Multi-Service Center, a nonprofit that provides services to address poverty and homelessness. This week the Daily Index has more detail on the proposed project, which would provide 52 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units of affordable rental housing to homeless veterans and their families, alongside other support services, and would include a kiosk serving coffee and light food. 

According to the Index, if the proposal is accepted by the transit agency, construction on the L-shaped development could begin next fall, and be ready for occupancy by the end of 2017. 

Sounds like an interesting proposal. Now, how about something for that property next to the Tacoma Dome transit hub?

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Arts Month Kicks Off Tonight at the Historic Tacoma Armory

--New Episode of 'artTown' Now Airing-- 

Tacoma, Wash. -- Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and

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Monthlong Schuster Parkway Bridge Closure to Begin Oct. 6

The City of Tacoma will close the Schuster Parkway Bridge (located near North 30th and McCarver streets) starting Tuesday, Oct. 6.

This closure is necessary to perform rehabilitation to the bridge

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Project PEACE Community Conversations

Project PEACE has three more community meetings before the Culminating Event on Nov. 9 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Engage in dialogue with the Tacoma Police Department, City

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New dive program takes non-certified divers Beyond the Cage at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Registration now open for new program that will allow visitors to get closer than ever to 16 sharks at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Beyond the Cage Dives begin Oct. 8 for visitors as young as 10

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Applicants Sought for the Human Services Commission

The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill three positions on the Human Services Commission.

The Human Services Commission consists of fifteen members who are interviewed and recommended by the

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