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Imagine Tacoma – Square Me Up
As we enter the long dark wet days of winter, reflect on the warmth of the sunshine, the smell of the flowers, and the taste of the food that is the Tacoma Farmer’s Market. So imagine what a squared-up Pierce Transit Square could offer for our 09’s enjoyment:
End of the Shrub Era:
The original design for the Square employed the previously IT referenced ‘clutter concept’ (jamming a space with lots of stuff makes it look active and alive so you won’t feel that you are all alone when you are all alone). It is now time to remove the shrub planters and increase the expanse of grass – thus allowing more vendors and a better defined central circulation space to hold proper events (and give more room for bocce!).
Relocate the Performance End:
Why hide the noon-time performers in the shade and make the spectators have to squint into the sun? How about locating the performance focus at the North end (towards the Theatre on the Square) and free-up some more vendor space along the shady side of ye olde Woolworths? Maybe even incorporate the use of the Theatre’s balcony for various programs? The existing fountain is now ideally located as a sitting venue and as a foreground feature to the stage (rather than looking into the backside of the food court).
And with a clutter-free space, maybe a seasonal structure can be designed and fabricated to foster more events as well as providing additional ‘cover’ during the occasional summer inclement weather.
So if the rain, and the rain, and the rain gets you blue, look forward to the hope and promise of summer and the return of the Tacoma Farmer’s Market in a clutter-free and improved functional space (besides we already have one dysfunctional public ‘square’ in Downtown Tacoma – do we really need two?).
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