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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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Insider Talk - Bakery Truck

LeMay Americas Car Museum March 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Sandy Olson will speak about his 1931 Twin Coach Helms Bakery Truck, which has been loaned for the Tools of the Trade – Powering the Working Class exhibit. He will also discuss the Fageol brothers and their contribution to the development of early trucks and buses. Included with Museum admission

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13 Scars & Daniel the Dreamer

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

13 Scars and Daniel the Dreamer are live at the Swiss Pubon the 30th, from 9 to 11.13 Scars is a legendary local Tacoma punk band with members tracing their roots in the Northwest Punk scene all the way back to 1984. Daniel the Dreamer is a psychedelic concoction of punk, blues and hip-hop.

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Learn about plans to curb algae blooms at Tacoma’s Wapato Lake

Wapato Park Pavilion March 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Metro Parks Tacoma plans to treat Wapato Lake later this spring to reduce public exposure to toxic algae. The blue-green algae blooms can be harmful to people and pets; this has prompted frequent health warnings when weather is warmer. The public is invited to learn and ask questions about the alum

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40 Grit Ceiling Sanders

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Come check out the 40-Grit Ceiling Sanders for some bluegrass/folk-n-roll. FREE show!! Rainier & Pabst Cans $2.50 all day & night

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Kryboys

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub March 31, 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!

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Pink Tie Affair—Breast Cancer Fundraiser

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

You are cordially invited to attend an amazing event dedicated to showing our support for the fight against breast cancer! Join us at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub in Downtown Tacoma, WA to raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Put on your best pink attire and bring a friend!Enjoy a

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A Personal Story of Immigration: Lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas

University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Memorial Chapel April 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Tacoma Community House and the University of Puget Sound’s Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE) welcome you to “A Personal Story of Immigration,” a lecture by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and activist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday, April 6 (7:30–9:00 p.m.)

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Dorado & Bes

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Dorado is coming up from Portland to funk it up, so get here early! The always awesome Bes will be blowing your minds to close the night so be sure to stay til the end! Rad bands at a rad venue with great food and drinks! Put on your dancing shoes and let’s party!Bes - Tacoma Progressive Rock Jazz

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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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