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Does a lack of neighborhood specificity in the media suppress Tacoma’s image revitalization?

A few years ago we had a party at my apartment on Yakima Avenue. When I invited a co-worker that lives in Seattle about the event he asked, “Is it safe?” When I questioned the question he commented

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Researching Homes in Tacoma

Glenn Fleishman at the Seattle Times ran an interesting piece yesterday on using the internet to search out the dirty little secrets of a house in King County.



Why is this gorgeous, restored Craftsman so cheap?

Similar to Fleishman, I have my repertoire of sites I hit any time a property seems

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UWT or Private Development?

From the News Tribune comes a story about Shauna Walker’s offer to buy a 6 acre parcel of land in downtown for a mixed use development. Her offered was refused, however, as the city plans to hold the land for UWT. Hmmm… All I have to say is that Tacoma really needs basic services and reasonable

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Pierce County Taxes Ride the Bubble

The Pierce County Tax Assessor’s office has issued its 2006 values for homes on its website. My goodness. Did somebody tell Mr. Madsen that Tacoma’s real estate is hot. Shhh… that’s supposed to be our little secret. Over the last five years our home’s value, according to the tax assessor,

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Hype! Hype! It’s life in Tacoma

The New Tribune ran an opinion piece by Jen Graves yesterday that further established the extremely predictable fact that she doesn’t like the Museum of Glass. If you’ve read anything by Ms. Graves regarding the Glass Museum in the last few years you’ve heard repeatedly that the place

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Using Art to Build Pride - NYTimes

The Museum of Contemporary Art in works with women in juvenile justice and drug rehabilitation programs in Miami. As I read the New York Times article I was reminded of Tacoma’s own, and rather impressive, Remann Hall Women’s Project.



The Remann Hall Women’s Project has been working for the

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Point Defiance Flower & Garden Show

10 acres of garden show start today. Parking looks like it’ll be nasty, but we’ll figure something out. I’ll take pictures.

The Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show

I feel awfully domestic all of a sudden.

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Visualize Tacoma - Let’s Go Green

High tech. Low tech. All I want is grass.

Let’s bring back that old fashioned notion of grass in public spaces. Instead of simply having a new looking downtown with an empty convention center and wall to wall urban townhouses, we could bring back the grand boulevard. We built a very high tech

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Kryboys

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub July 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Kry is the #1 cover band in the Seattle/Tacoma area! We have the energy, the talent and ability to deliver all of your favorite songs the way music should be ... LIVE! It’s like going to a big time rock show where you know every song. Everyone leaves having had a great time! $8 cover

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Dog-A-Thon 2017

Fort Steilacoom Park July 22, 2017 at 12:30 am

Bring your dog (or cat) for a walk in the park to raise money for
pets in need. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is hosting its
27th annual Dog-A-Thon event on Saturday, July 22 in Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom
Park.
The Dog-A-Thon is a South Sound tradition and is the largest dog

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Sailing Classes at Foss Waterway Seaport

Foss Waterway Seaport July 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

If you have ever wanted to try out sailing, how about 2 hours on the Foss Waterway - boat, instruction, life jacket and chase boat INCLUDED. During July we have two more sailing opportunities that leave from the Seaport docks - an exciting experience you won’t want to miss! The Youth Marine

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Sailing Classes at Foss Waterway Seaport

Foss Waterway Seaport July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

If you have ever wanted to try out sailing, how about 2 hours on the Foss Waterway - boat, instruction, life jacket and chase boat INCLUDED. During July we have two more sailing opportunities that leave from the Seaport docks - an exciting experience you won’t want to miss! The Youth Marine

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Drive-In Movies at ACM

LeMay - America's Car Museum July 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Now Showing: Ghostbusters (1984)
Join us for Drive-In Movies on ACM’s Haub Family Field where the cars are the stars! Grab dinner at our picnic concessions and watch in your car or from a blanket or chair, either option will give you a great view of the 40-foot outdoor screen!

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The Hipsters

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub July 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Nothing but solid ground pounding, hip grinding, ass shaking rock and roll provide the base for this band. Years of history between the foursome has given them perspective on all types of music….but a fresh attack on music, as well as a true enjoyment of working the crowd keeps the atmosphere alive

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Kareem Kandi Band w/ Dmitri Matheny

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub July 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The Kareem Kandi Band will be performing at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub on Sunday July 23rd. We’ll be featuring trumpeter Dmitri Matheny as well as students from the TacomaJazzAssociation’s jazz workshop. 5pm, all ages welcome, no cover charge. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by

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4 Day Learn to Skate Camp

Alchemy Skateboarding July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

Camp runs from July 25-28. Lessons Include: Pushing, Pumping, Kick Turns, Drop Ins, Ollies, Flat Land Basics (Shuv-its, Kickflips), Ledge Tricks, and Rail Tricks.
Supplemental lessons also include: Anatomy of the Skateboard, Ramp Names and Functions, Trick Names and Origins, How to Fall, and some

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Tacoma History

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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 - 

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Council Member Blocker’s March 2016 Newsletter

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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.

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Steve Prefontaine left mark on Tacoma running scene before his death

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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.

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Pierce County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet

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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!

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Shoot the T: A Photo Competition to Highlight Tacoma

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 grand

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Museum of Glass Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016, with 2-for-1 Admission

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 offer

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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

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) grant

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day!

Tacoma, Wash. – Half of the U.S. population live within 5 miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On

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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

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 members

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