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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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80’s Invasion

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub May 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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 all

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The Kareem Kandi Band

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub May 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

“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 A

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Bike Everywhere Challenge - Ride and Win!

Tacoma and Pierce County May 1, 2017 at 12:00 am
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Bike Everywhere Challenge!

May 1, 2017 at 12:00 am
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Igor & The Red Elvises

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub June 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Igor Yuzov was born in Germany, raised in Ukraine and studied in Russia. He grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock’n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden music. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for

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Introducing the Downtown to Defiance Trolley (Pierce Transit route 15)

Tollefson Plaza June 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

Pierce Transit, in partnership with the City of Tacoma,Point Ruston, Metro Parks Tacoma, South Sound Together, Port of Tacoma and Travel Tacoma, is pleased to announce Pierce Transit’s Downtown to Defiance trolley service available from June 2 through Sept. 3, 2017. The Official launch takes

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Movie Screening: Empower: One Woman’s Journey to Inspire EveryBODY

Lean Body Lifestyles Personal Training Studio June 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

We’ll be screening an amazing documentary, Embrace: One Woman’s Journey to Embrace EveryBODY, on Friday, June 2nd. This is a free event and for women only. No children please, but young women 13+ years of age are welcome and encouraged to attend. We’ll watch the movie and then anyone who wishes

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Tony Bologna Ponies & The High Rollers

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub June 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Tony and the Bologna Ponies opening for The High Rollers, with their tight vocals, sizzling brass, rhythm section and dance hits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s!$7 cover

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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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