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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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Theories of Flight, Kyle Moore, & Wells

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub January 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Theories of Flight is an Alternative Punk band out of Seattle, WA. Influences include Weezer, The Vines, A Day To Remember, Bayside, Less than Jake, Street Light Manifesto, Thomas Kalanoky, The Get Up Kids, Dave Matthews Band, and Blink-182. Also sharing the stage that night is Kyle Moore and

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Improvised Shakespeare

Theatre on the Square January 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Watch as a full Shakespearean masterpiece is improvised (based on audience suggestion) right before your very eyes. All of the dialogue is spoken for the first time, the characters are created in real time, and if every you’re wondering where the story is going…so are the actors! There are two

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Prom Date Mixtape 80’s Dance Party

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub January 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm

The first show in Tacoma for 2018! The Swiss has asked us to rewind the clock for you once again for The Ultimate 80s New Wave Dance Party! - Prom Date Mixtape! Join the party and dance with us to all your 80s synthpop and new wave favorites! $10 cover

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New Year New Opportunities: Finding New Ways to Be Happy

Meditate in Tacoma January 21, 2018 at 10:00 am

We all may have an idea of the changes we want to make in our life, but many times we lack the understanding to know what those changes really should be, and how to bring them about.What we need is a clear understanding of the best path for ourself, and confidence in that understanding while

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Civil Rights Legacy Tour: 11 Days in the Life of Dr. King

Theatre on the Square January 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Created by Lucas Smiraldo and co-written with Charhys Bailey and Antonio Edwards, 11 Days chronicles Dr. King’s life and legacy through 11 spoken word/poetry vignettes that feature dance, shadow play and historic images. This performance focuses on Dr. King’s relationship with communities, how

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Introduction to Buddhism

Meditate in Tacoma January 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm

“Although Buddism is an ancient religion that first appeared in the East, the practices taught by Buddha are timeless and universally applicable.These days, many people are discovering that Buddhism has answers to questions and solution to problems that can not be found anywhere

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Dido and Aeneas

Pacific Lutheran University: Eastvold Auditorium in Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Showtimes & dates: 25 (Thurs), 26 (Fri) & 27 (Sat) at 7:30 p.m.; 28 (Sun) at 3 p.m.Contact info: Kate Williams, Outreach Manager - williake@plu.edu

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Ocean Grooves Presents: DJ dAb, OMRVLS, Double Shot, Grunt, & Jonmarche

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub January 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Ocean Grooves Entertainment’s19th AnniversaryFeaturing Dj dAbOmarvelousDouble ShotGrunt Jonmarché Lasers provided by Slick Lasers$7 cover9pm-2am 21 and over

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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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