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City Still Working on Getting For Hire Transportation Regulation Right

The City of Tacoma is working to develop regulations to cover both traditional taxi companies and new rideshare businesses like Uber and Lyft.

At its meeting this Wednesday the City Council's Government Performance and Accountability Committee heard from City staff on progress so far to craft

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Drone Technology Makes For an Awfully Pretty Video of Tacoma

Tacoma, the drones are coming for you... and for now at least it seems like they're here to make you look pretty good.

A new video on the internets shows off a very picturesque Tacoma (and other parts of Washington) from above. It was filmed by Just 2 Guys Creative, the team that put together a

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Fall Garden Festival to Celebrate Local, Sustainable Gardening

A new garden event is coming to Tacoma this fall from Metro Parks. In the tradition of the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show, the new Fall Garden Festival will celebrate and inspire local farmers, gardeners, and anyone who's thinking about getting in to gardening.

The Fall Garden Festival at

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Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

Peoples Pool in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is getting a makeover. Makeover might actually not be a strong enough word for the improvements coming to the Metro Parks facility at 9th and MLK.

The Peoples Community Center was known as Malcolm X Center until it got a name change in 1978 ...

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Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts

Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Thoms, and other public figures are asking the public to help lobby to keep reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a minimum in upcoming military cuts. Last week the Mayor issued a request for public involvement, which Thoms echoed at last night's City Council

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Free Saturday 5k for August 23, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join us for a beautiful August run in Tacoma’s spectacular Point Defiance Park.

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at TacomaRunners.com/register, complete your

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Family Workshop - Summer Solar Explorations

LeMay - America's Car Museum August 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

Build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of cars. Every fourth Saturday, you and your child, grandchild, or family will spend quality time together designing, creating, or exploring cool car concepts.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00am -12:00pm

Ages: Geared to

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Ride to Proctor Farmers’ Market

Meet at First Presbyterian Church, ride together to Proctor August 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

See for yourself how easy it is to ride from the Stadium Neighborhood to the Proctor Farmer’s Market!

Join Stadium In Motion Staff at 10:00 AM to get your bike tuned by Defiance Bicycles. The leisure-paced ride will leave at 11:00 AM from the First Presbyterian Church Parking lot and follow the

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Tacoma Rail Open House 2014

August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Celebrate With Us

Tacoma Rail will host its annual Open House on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a special year because we’re also celebrating our 100-year anniversary. Come help us celebrate!

This is a great way to see Tacoma’s railroad up close, and it’s great fun for

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Stadium Fare

Stadium District August 23, 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 Saturdays of July, August, and September in 2014.

Find some fun with our scavenger hunt on August 23rd.

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Family Golf Day

Meadow Park Golf Course August 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Bring the whole family and a friend or two on selected Saturdays from April to August to enjoy nine holes of golf on the Williams Nine.

Kids 18 and under play for FREE with a full-paying adult. Kids also receive a free sno-cone from 12-4 p.m. for all kids 18 and under.

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Hilltop Street Fair

Hilltop August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ten hours of fun, food, performance and spectacle!

*People’s Park Stage (Program forthcoming)*

*Eleven Eleven Stage (Program forthcoming)*

  • Broken Spoke Ramp Demo
  • 2nd Cycle Social Bike Ride
  • Hilltop’s Vintage Car Show
  • Tacoma Celebrity Dunk Tank
  • Giant Puppet Theater:
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Cruiser Ride with VeloFemmes

The Spar August 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

Meet at the Spar for a coffee at 11:30 and a ride at 12 on the waterfront. This will be a casual ride so you will have a great chance to get to know the ladies next to you. We will ride on the path which is about 6 flat miles round trip.1 out of 3 bikes (slow and social!)

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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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Tickets about gone for U.S. Open

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A little less than a year out, and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay is already starting to sell out.

Individual tickets for Saturday and Sunday - the final competition days of the big event - are sold out. Apparently that's an earlier date than usual for the US Open. 

There are still a few ways to find tickets for days of the week-long event, but it sounds like they're going fast.

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Tasting Tacoma: Seattle’s charming older sister to the south

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Hey Tacoma, if your ears were burning, it's because someone was talking about you. But don't worry, it was all nice things.

A first time visit to Tacoma led to a glowing review that covers a lot of Tacoma favorites from 6th Ave to Boathouse 19, and over to the Eastside, too. The author concludes that Tacoma has a lot going for it, and maybe that self-deprecating jokes aren't necessary...

I suppose that Tacoma remains something of a working-class version of Seattle, but that is, finally, its great charm. 

So, Tacoma, do you feel like someone finally gets you?

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Chick-Fil-A Coming to Puget Sound—Do They Know How Gay It Is Here?

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So it's not exactly news that Chick-Fil-A is coming to Tacoma, but the title of this Seattle Weekly article made us chuckle a little.

Also, how have we missed the "Chow Down at Chick Fil A (even if you're gay)" drag queen video?

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Race Participants Run for Their Lives

Zombie Run and Tag pits humans against zombies for family-friendly fun

What are you running from? Decades ago, when the concept of running for exercise was a foreign idea, runners were often

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Expect night lane closures on SR 16

TACOMA – Necessary repairs to bridge railing on the State Route 16 pedestrian bridge just east of North Jackson Avenue in Tacoma will require three westbound lanes to close. 

Crews will begin

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Puyallup Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing 100,000 Child Porn Images

TACOMA, WA – Today John Graff, 56, pleaded guilty to possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree. Graff possessed more than 100,000 images of child

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Aggravated Murder Charges in Double Homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Richard Atkisson, 40, with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for beating Joseph Mosia, 66, and Michael Henderson,

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Teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex

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