Exit133 is about Tacoma
Every once in a while something slips past us in the in-box that we really wish we'd caught. This is one of those times.
The good news is you still have time to share your thoughts on the latest design options for the new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square. Not a long time - the online surveyRead more
International Economic Development
Last week the City Council passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a Commission on International Relations to be composed of representatives of Tacoma businesses, organizations, and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the Commission will be toRead more
The News Tribune has the latest on plans for Chambers Bay Resort, and the 370,000 square-foot resort sounds kind of swanky...
- 5-story, 258-room hotel
- Conference center with 17 meeting rooms and full food and beverage service (in what is now the Pierce County Environmental Services building,
This week the City Council voted to express support for Initiative 594, requiring background checks for all gun sales. The Council also heard public concerns related to two ordinances it will decide on next week, related to regulation of marijuana and for-hire transportation companies.
Sound Transit has some updated information on potential station locations to share with you.
The transit agency has been moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the possible future expansion of Tacoma's Link up to the Stadium District, then on to the Hilltop. HavingRead more
There have been whispers and emails about changes afoot at Tacoma's Simpson Lumber Company for a while now - word of the sale of one or more Simpson Lumber properties. It appears that there's more than a little truth in the rumors: Simpson Lumber Company is up for sale.
This comes just sixRead more
Sound Transit is considering a change to its fare system that could implement a low-income rider fare, while raising other rates.
The low-income fare program would bring Sound Transit into alignment with a King County Metro low-income fare scheduled to go into effect next March.
The MetroRead more
Affordable housing will be the main topic of conversation at this week's City Council study session. Community and Economic Development Department and Planning and Development Services staff will update the Council on housing affordability in Tacoma and current City programs toRead more
Drop in and enjoy thematic and musical programs perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups.
Program participation includes 30 minutes of exclusive play in the Museum.
9:30 AM - 11 AM $15 per family of 4, $5 each additional childRead more
Mayor Strickland proclaims October to be Tacoma Arts Month in Tacoma.
Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club will be enlisting the support of volunteers to benchmark the numbers of people bicycling and walking on trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other facilities across the state on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2014. ShiftsRead more
Do you want to become a Pierce County Master Gardener? Attend one of our two information sessions to learn about our program and:
- Have the opportunity to talk to current MGs about their experiences.
- Learn about the requirements of the MG program
- Ask question about the 2015 trainings
Join the Zoo Horticulturist on an in-depth tour of the plants in the Zoo collection.
Garden Tours take place at 10 am on the first Wednesday of every month.
Meet at the Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside the front gate.
10 AM - 11 AM
Free with admissionRead more
Enjoy lunch while learning about the exciting work of artist Marta Dingus! Dingus will discuss her African American heritage and how it inspires her artwork. She’ll talk about the use of found materials in her art.
View her work in the exhibition Northwest in the West: Exploring our Roots. ARead more
Learn about progress on the potential Tacoma Link Expansion
Sound Transit is moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the potential expansion of Tacoma Link. After gathering feedback from the public and City Council in May, Sound Transit updated potential stationRead more
A new comic book shop is opening right next to King’s Books in Tacoma. For more information visit http://www.destinycitycomics.comRead more
A recent report shows that Tacoma's Port traffic is growing, to the point that it has surpassed Seattle in terms of volume handled and significance of economic impact, but it's not all good news.
The moves of several major shipping lines to Tacoma have contributed to growth here, pushing Tacoma past our neighbors to the north, but larger trends in shipping are worrisome for both ports. Increasingly shippers are skipping West Coast ports and heading straight for the other half of the country via the Suez Canal or soon-to-be-even-larger Panama Canal. Increasing warehouse costs and decreasing developable land also mean that much of the freight that does come in to the Port of Tacoma is finding its way out of the Port to warehouses in places like Sumner and Kent.
The ports of Tacoma and Seattle are both described as "peaking markets," losing market share over recent years, but they're not going without a fight. We'd love to know what's being said in those private meetings between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma...Read more at Business Examiner Blog
If you've been to London, and if, while there, you happened to stroll along the south bank of the Thames near the Southbank Centre, you may have noticed a gritty little pocket decorated with graffiti and filled with skateboarders.
That vibrant, gritty pocket in the undercroft of the Southbank Centre has been a place for British skaters to practice since the 70s. In the decades since, it has also attracted other urban arts and activities - graffiti artists, street performers, and BMX bike riders - so much so that it now appears in some London tourist brochures.
In 2013 a plan was announced to develop the undercroft into shops and cafes, but the skateboard community and others banded together to save their space. Last week they announced that the space would be preserved as-is, and allowed to continue as a venue for skaters, performance artists, and others. It probably didn't hurt that they had Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on their side.Read more at GOOD
Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes
This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein from Multicare, and the Rising Star Award goes to Rosie Martinson of the TacomaWorkingMom.com blog and Sound Physicians.
See the full list of Women of Influence, and watch for their stories from the Business Examiner in coming weeks.Read more at Business Examiner
For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions.
They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the largest in the Northwest, and one of the top two sake tasting programs in the US, according to at least one magazine.
A sake tasting at Twokoi can take you through the different kinds of sake - hot, cold, and butty - with more than 40 different sakes to choose from. And if you're looking for something special, they offer sake dinners called omakase, which pair multiple courses with the perfect sake.Read more at FSR Magazine
“Coffee selfies” will help celebrate wildlife-friendly palm oil and companies that use it
Caffeine and conservation reign supreme in the Pacific Northwest. On National Coffee Day, people canRead more
The Tacoma City Council is looking to fill four voluntary positions on the 10-member Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board. Two positions require experience as an attorney; one positionRead more
Rose Lincoln Hamilton, who has served as President & CEO of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) since 2004, has announced that she will retire in June 2015, after more than 11 yearsRead more
The City of Tacoma’s parking system is piloting new on-street parking meter machines in the University of Washington Tacoma area.
The new machines are in direct response to user requests forRead more
Tacoma 2025 Community Events on Sept. 24 and 29
There are two additional opportunitieson Sept. 24 and 29 for the community to get a first-hand look at the results ofthe input gathered over theRead more