Exit133 is about Tacoma
With the unsettling revelations around high lead levels in the water in Flint Michigan still very much in the news, citizens around the country are asking questions about what comes out of their own taps.
Tacoma Public Utilities is taking some initial steps to address these fears. In an updateRead more
An ordinance adopted by the City Council this week would allow the City of Tacoma to access a pot of up to $12.5 million in funds for public infrastructure improvements associated with private development.
The money comes with some strings attached, but give Tacoma a way to keep a bit more of itsRead more
FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES
Ordinance No. 28354 An ordinance vacating the south 125 feet of the alley between Union Avenue and Puget Sound Avenue, north of South 40th Street, to consolidate the properties and facilitate future development.
The consent agenda was adopted withoutRead more
TACOMA - Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is terminating its lease for a site on the tide flats with the Port of Tacoma. After careful review and evaluation during the pause of the environmental review process, the company met with Port staff to deliver the news this morning.
“While we do not see a way forward with the Port of Tacoma to realize this vision at this location, we remain committed to building facilities that offer a cleaner way to make products necessary for daily life, and to investing billions in local communities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Vee Godley, NWIW President. “We thank the Port of Tacoma Commissioners and staff for their consideration and interest, as well as the many business and community members who demonstrated their support for our project. We also want to thank the people of Tacoma for their consideration of our project.”Read more
Conversations about the proposed methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma continue to be ... lively. The environmental review was paused in February. The lease extension between the Port of Tacoma and NWIW is under consideration at this very moment. Then, today, NWIW published an economic analysis ofRead more
We're not sure how we missed this, but here's some interesting news: the Ram Brewing Company is working with the City of Tacoma on plans to rehabilitate a historic building in the Brewery District.
We noticed this brief note about Ram Brewing's interest in adaptive reuse of the Nisqually PowerRead more
Here's a fascinating bit of news to drop on a Friday - The Seattle Sounders announced today that they're in discussions with the Rainiers and Metro Parks to move S2, the team's USL affiliate, to a new stadium in Tacoma. The team has been playing at Starfire Sports in Tukwila since 2015. The move,Read more
Three clouded leopard cubs were born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium eight days ago. They're still under a pound each, and they're being tended to by zookeepers. It's too early to tell their genders at this point, but be looking for an announcement of that, as well as a date for their officialRead more
Ever wondered what bike projects are in the works? Join City staff for an informal conversation about upcoming bike and trail projects in the City!
**Chance to win prizes**
Metro Parks Tacoma’s Fifty and Better (FAB) program invites high school seniors in transition to adulthood to get tips from experienced seniors on topics such as banking, setting financial goals and paying for college and cars. A series of free workshops will be held at the Portland AvenueRead more
Join us on this family-friendly bike ride to explore the history and environment of Tacoma’s waterfront. Learn about the environmental history of the Bay, industry and transport on the waterfront, and waterway cleanup. Maritime-themed costumes encouraged! Social gathering to follow at The SocialRead more
The Rusty Cleavers are a hard-driving, hard-working, rowdy 4-piece rock-n-roll bluegrass band from Tacoma, WA. They blend the elements of classic bluegrass musicianship and flawless vocal harmonies with the attitude and edge of punk rock, sending audiences everywhere into a frenzy of compassionateRead more
Talking With… is the winner of the 1982 American Theatre Critics Association Award for best regional play. These eleven monologues for women have something for everyone: humor, drama, suspense, all told through women’s voices. This production will showcase actresses from the entire area at aRead more
Please join the Department of Art and Design as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating artists in the culmination of their degree program. The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm, or by appointment.Read more
80s Invasion takes the music of the ‘80s very seriously. This is the music we listened to on our original Sony Walkmen, the bands whose names we stenciled on our pee-chees, jeans, Nikes, and in some cases, all over town. When MTV first came around, these were the bands whose videos we watched allRead more
“Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that.“ The Weekly Volcano ARead more
We like Tacoma, and we like stories about its history - the quirkier, the better - so a newly revamped Tacoma History website is a great place for us to spend some time when current events get to be just a bit too much.
Posted by local historian Michael Sullivan, each story features some episode of Tacoma's past - big and small - told in word and picture.
Sullivan recounts public episodes like the story behind the 40-foot red neon pegasus (complete with animated gold lightning bolts) that once graced the top of Tacoma's tallest building. He also tells more personal stories, like the one of an Oregon woman who followed her Army boyfriend to Tacoma, where she robbed a theater for the money to follow him on to Alaska. and of course, we get the history of that long-gone theater, too.
It's fun to dip into a story or two, and get a snapshot of moments in Tacoma's history -Read more at Tacoma History
Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker took his place representing the people of Tacoma's Ditrict 3 in January.
To communicate with members of his district and others, Council Member Blocker will be publishing a regular e-newsletter focusing on issues relevant to his constituents. This month's edition includes a look at the Safe Routes to School program, as well as a feature on a "youth of the month," and tidbits on a short list of "District 3's Top 3" individuals and organizations. And there's a good list of ways for Tacoma residents to get involved with their city.
If you're a resident of District 3, or if you just like to keep an eye on what's going on, it's worth a read. If you want to keep up with the newsletter, you can sign up to receive it in your inbox, or just read it online.Read more at City of Tacoma
Today we find ourselves thinking about the legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who should have turned 65 this week, and enjoying re-reading a 2015 TNT article about Tacoma's (multiple) Prefontaine connections.
You may know that the 1997 movie about his life was filmed, in part, here in Tacoma, on the track and around the campus at UPS. Fewer people know that Pre visited Tacoma back in 1974, just months before the car crash that cut his life short at age 24. While here, he ran with the locals, visited a few (pretty divey sounding) bars, and said of Point Defiance, "This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever run. You don’t know what you have here.”
Tacoma today has a pretty special running community. We'd like to think that if Pre was around, he would still enjoy running here.Read more at The News Tribune
We're down to the wire, and it's time to cast those votes! If you haven't done so already, grab your ballot, your pen, and your voters' pamphlet, and get to work.
What's that you say? Your dog ate your voters' guide? Or maybe it disappeared into the pile of political mailers and other
junk mail? That's not going to get you off the hook - the Pierce County Auditor has you covered with an online version.
So make your choices, and get that ballot in the mail on November 2, or to a ballot dropbox no later than November 3. Find locations for those on the Auditor's website as well.
Happy voting!Read more at Pierce County Auditor
TACOMA, WA – Shoot The T is a photo contest created to showcase the beauty of Tacoma as well as promote art and creativity in the City of Destiny. The winning contestant is destined for a grandRead more
Museum of Glass to Join Association of Art Museum Directors’ Seventh Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission
Tacoma, Wash. — Museum of Glass (MOG) will offerRead more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grantRead more
Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.
Staff membersRead more