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Prairie Line Trail Billboard Comes Down

As the Prairie Line Trail moves closer to reality, there's been a certain nagging problem with the northern section owned by the City of Tacoma... a nagging problem in the shape of a billboard...

Well, today, it looks like that roadblock may have been overcome. Workers operating a crane were

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Posting a Sign on a Utility Pole or Street Light Could Cost You $250

An improperly posted sign for a lost pet or garage sale could cost its owner $250.

In an effort aimed at "cutting the visual clutter" along our streets and public rights of way, the City of Tacoma is making an enforcement push aimed at signs taped, stapled, or otherwise attached to utility poles,

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Minimum Building Code Changes

The City of Tacoma is in the process of updating its minimum building and structures code, and they're accepting feedback from community members, and property and business owners in Tacoma.

The City’s Code Compliance Group needs your help to make sure our codes continue to affectively (sic) hold

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 29, 2014



Resolution No. 38972 A resolution setting Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner to confirm the Assessment Roll for SCF-11 for the reconstruction of unfit or unsafe sidewalks at 91 locations throughout the City.

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 29, 2014

Equity & Empowerment Budget Planning

At this week's City Council study session a representative from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity will provide an overview on what equity is, and how to use the information in the budgeting process for the 2015-2016 biennial budget.

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Free Saturday 5k for August 2, 2014

Point Defiance Park August 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com/runners/register to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come

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Tea Ceremony - China

August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

​The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered tea consumption a mark of status and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor. Although Tea drinking started in China; Korea, Japan, India, and other Asia Pacific

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Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon

Tacoma Narrows Airport August 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

Run or walk one of the most unique race courses in the Puget Sound Region! This point to point course starts at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, crosses over the majestic Tacoma Narrows Bridge, runs on the warning track at Cheney Stadium (where you will see yourself on the jumbo tron), and finishes in

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Woofstock 2014

University of Puget Sound August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

Come find your new best friend at Woofstock! The Humane Society will be present with lots of adorable shelter pets who can go home with you today! Not only will there be tons of shelter pets to get excited over, there will be great music too. We’ll see you there!

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Food Truck Weekend and LIVE music!- Auto Pompa and The Pop Cycle

South Sound Motorcycles August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

​Ducati Grand Opening! Don’t ride motorcycles? No worry! Head down for a great food truck: Auto Pompa and Seattle band The Pop Cycle!
See you soon!

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Proctor Arts Fest

Proctor District August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Proctor District will be “rockin” on the first Saturday of August. You can join thousands of people who will enjoy four stages of entertainment - A Juried Art Show (at Mason UMC) - A Free Movie (at the Blue Mouse)- A Special Kid’s Area with Family Stage - A Farmers’ Market - 140 Arts &

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Tacoma Bon Odori Japanese Folk Dance Street Festival

Tacoma Buddhist Temple August 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Japanese folk dancing, drumming and food in the evening twilight! This popular community festival features dancers, wearing colorful cotton yukata and other traditional garb, performing under hanging lanterns. Everyone is welcome to join. Drum groups Fuji Taiko of Tacoma and Matsuri Taiko of

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Japanese Dance, Drumming & Food!

Tacoma Buddhist Temple August 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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Photographic Evidence of Brewing: Day One

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Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. has officially started brewing. The brewery has taken longer to get off the ground than originally anticipated, due to a number of factors, and they have yet to set an official opening date.

Also worth a read is the prohibition-era flyer from a PB&M blog post earlier in July, titled "To the Women of Tacoma." It begins "In Tacoma there is a voice heard - mourning and lamentation and weeping - mothers weeping for their children, for whom the gates of death are opened and there is no hand to save. Saloons abound and multiply - gambling goes on unchecked. Infamous houses increase and are difiant. Law and decency are trampled under foot..." and goes on from there. It's a fascinating little piece of Tacoma history from the movement that shut down the original Pacific Brewing nearly 100 years ago.

But with the first official batch of PB&M beer in nearly a century brewing, opening day is getting closer... almost close enough to taste it.

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Do rain gardens work at industrial sites?

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In 2011 Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) built an industrial rain garden at their location in the Port of Tacoma. In 2012 that rain garden project got them recognized as an environmental champion. Two years after that, the rain garden is still succeeding at filtering stormwater run-off before it hits Puget Sound waters.

TOTE had been having difficulty meeting stormwater management standards for heavy metal contaminants in their run-off, and the rain garden turned that around. It was so successful that the company was able to close one of its existing traditional stormwater outfalls. And it turns out that the rain gardens are significantly cheaper than installation of a traditional industrial-scale filtering facility.

Cheaper. More efficient. More attractive. Sounds like we could start seeing more industrial rain gardens.

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When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

A recent piece from NPR explores a Rochester, New York project that brings the work of urban artists to the walls of its public spaces. It doesn't sound all that different from Tacoma's Mural Project.

With the movement to make city planning quantifiable and predictive, with measurable outcomes, and a focus on sustainability and efficiency, where does art fit in? Can an objective and quantified model of urban development find room for something as subjective and qualitative as public art?

Imagination and whimsy can seem at odds with a world governed by scientific models and big data. As we seek successful models of economic development, it's easy for efforts to foster creative expression in a city to be forced into the background. Is there, though, an argument to be made that our public spaces can only be at their best when they make room for art, as well as science?

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After a century, Tacoma-based Lucks Food Decorating Co. has become a respected, international brand

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There are some Tacoma businesses that we hear about all the time, and there are some we seldom, if ever hear about. That doesn't mean that we're not interested, it just means that they're quietly going about their business.

Lucks Food Decorating Company is one of them. Apparently they've been quietly going about the business of developing, producing, and innovating edible, decorative foods for a century. And they're growing, and looking to international markets to expand.

If you hadn't heard of them before, maybe it was because they were trying to be the best-kept secret in town. But now you know.

You can also see some of their products at Lucks.com or on the Lucks Facebook page.

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Canada Lynx Brothers Go On Exhibit Soon at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Sherman and Omak were named by Northwest Trek staff for locales where lynx are found in Washington.

Sherman is for Sherman pass, mountain peak and three lynx management zones, Omak for the Okanogan

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It’s Still Baby Season at Northwest Trek

Want to marvel at a bison calf? Watch an elk calf run across the meadow as it tries to keep up with mom? See a bighorn sheep lambs hanging out in the grass with the family?

There’s still time left

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Routine Tacoma Narrows Bridge inspection narrows multi-use path, closes lane and shoulder

TACOMA – Equipment required for a routine bridge inspection could create some impacts for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling on the eastbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge next

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Native Garden’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dedication

Help celebrate the Northwest Native Plant Garden’s 50th anniversary and dedicate Mary's Meadow after its recent restoration, from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday, August 9.

The Native Garden at Point

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Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Issues Ratings for Judicial Candidates

TACOMA (July 31, 2014) - The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) has announced its ratings for judicial candidates seeking election to the position of Pierce County District Court, Position

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