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The City of Tacoma has a couple of initiatives going right now to make Tacoma a more attractive place to live and do business.
City of Tacoma Code Compliance staff are out and about in neighborhoods all over the City, conducting a visual survey of properties along Tacoma's main arterials. Inspectors are looking for opportunities to improve the appearance of the city's main thoroughfares through better code compliance.
The hope is that by notifying property owners of potential "opportunities" for better compliance, those property owners can proactively take steps to improve the attractiveness of their properties and neighborhoods, and thereby of the City as a whole.
When inspectors find an opportunity to improve compliance, a postcard will be mailed to the property owner, informing them of the problem, and resources available to address it. (Read more in the full press release.)
Last year the City conducted a similar survey, with a focus on Tacoma's business districts, sending postcards to business owners with compliance issues.
Inspectors will be out through March 14, looking for opportunities to make Tacoma more safe, clean, and attractive. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Tacoma Murals Project
Tacoma's Murals Project, which has been around since 2010, is another effort by the City to support efforts to make Tacoma's neighborhoods more attractive places to live and do business. The murals program combats blight and vandalism by covering otherwise blank and less attractive walls with neighborhood-specific works of art.
The program matches experienced artists with community groups interested in having a mural in their neighborhood. The project is currently looking for both artists to lead the mural projects, and community groups interested in collaborating on the design of a mural to reflect positive themes from their neighborhood.
Community groups should have a specific site in mind for the mural, and be ready to organize community conversations about a locally appropriate subject for the mural, as well as preparing the site for the artwork, and maintaining the art once it is complete. The murals must be located on public or commercial walls visible to the public. The City will fund the artist and art supplies for the mural.
21 murals have been completed so far, and the City expects another five this year. The timeline for this year's projects would have artists working on the murals this summer.
Interested artists and community groups can learn more, and find a link to apply to the program in the full Tacoma Murals Project press release.
Is anyone else suddenly feeling inspired to do a little neighborhood spring cleaning?
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