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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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Overheard

At an estate sale in the heart of Proctor:

Man 1: A realtor told us we can get $215,000 for this dump. I hear it’s a good neighborhood now.

Man 2: That’s pretty surprising. Although I do hear that the gangs haven’t been as bad lately and there aren’t as many drive-bys as there used to be…

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Tacoma Public Market?

The Tribune has a story today about the feasibility of, and the four finalist sites for, a full time public market in Tacoma. I hope the folks that brought us this study aren’t the same folks that brought us the convention center.

The News Tribune (Link)

Update: Just to clarify – I have

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Overheard

From a co-worker attending a party at my house:



Tacoma is a great investment. My parents have been making great investments here. But you definitely wouldn’t want to live here.

We live here and like it!

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Photos

If you’ve come to Exit133.com from my previous photoblog type site, you’ll probably be seeing photographs you’ve seen before.  I’ve been lazy and a little slow.  The film scanner is in the closet and my digital camera is full of pictures.  While I work out the kinks on this site I will be

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Changes at the Museum of Glass?

We came across this listing last week and thought we had the beginnings of a story. The Executive Director of the Museum of Glass, Josi Callan, has her house up for sale. How curious. Then, the word got to us tonight that Ms. Callan is officially leaving the Museum. The rumor on the street is that

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Bonney Lake to Annex Tacoma’s North Slope?

Given that we live in Tacoma’s North Slope, the letter I just received was a bit of a surprise.

As you should now be aware, the property you own in the City of Bonney Lake’s urban growth area will soon be annexed into Bonney Lake’s corporate limits. The Bonney Lake City Council adopted Ordinance

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Historic Home of Dr. Mattson Appears Nearly Sold

We once looked at a house for sale on North Fife street. The price was right and the yard was gorgeous, but something didn’t feel right about it. When we looked up the history on the house we discovered that the owner was killed in its kitchen in the 1960s. Yeah. No thank you.

The question is do

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The Swiss 25 Year Anniversary

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

Join your friends at The Swiss in celebrating our 25th year! Giveaways on the 25th minute of every hour, rollback prices on food and beverage specials, four musical numbers beginning at 6pm. Special appearance from Bob Hill & the Twang Junkies! Limited edition 25th Anniversary Swiss hoodies will be

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Dining Out For Life

Numerous Regional Restaurants in the South Puget Sound Region: Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Gig Harbor April 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

Dining Out For Life 2018 | South Sound on Thursday, April 26, 2018!SAVOR A MEAL. SAVE A LIFE. Dine out at one of the South Sound’s most generous restaurants and a portion of your bill will be donated to support people affected by HIV in our community. It’s the tastiest good deed you’ll do all

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Used Bike Purchase 101

2nd Cycle April 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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Used Bike Purchase 101

2nd Cycle April 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Interested in buying a bike at the Bike Swap (April 28th), but don’t know what questions to ask? Come on over to 2nd Cycle to learn what to look for when purchasing a used bike.

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PLU Opera Scenes

Pacific Lutheran University: Eastvold Auditorium in Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Opera Scenes

April 27th & 28th 7:30 – 9:30pm
Opera Scenes directed by Barry Johnson. Tickets: $10 general admission / $5 senior citizens (60+), military and alumni / free to PLU community, students, 18 and under.Location: KHP Eastvold Auditorium
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80’s Rock Night with Iron Dragon

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub April 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Get your spandex, Aquanet, and crimping irons out for this party.Iron Dragon is hitting The Swiss. Come experience all the hits of the 80s rock movement (Ratt, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Metallica & more) 21 & over $8 cover

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10th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap

University of Puget Sound April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

The Tacoma Bike Swap is the largest bicycle-related event in the South Sound region. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or simply looking to find other riders, join us for this exciting community event!WHAT TO EXPECT *Vendors selling new and used bikes, gear and accessories. *A participatory

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Tacoma Concert Band Presents “Celebration, A Special Concert Honoring The Retirement Of Robert Musse

Pantages Theater April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

On April 28, 2018, Tacoma Concert Band proudly present Celebration, A Special Concert Honoring TheRetirement Of Robert Musser. This concert will feature some of Bob’s
favorite works, and the soloists will include long-time Tacoma Concert Band
principals Lawrence Bradley, clarinet, and Morris

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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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