Life in Tacoma - Singles Edition?

A friend and co-worker is looking to buy a condo and he likes what’s happening in Tacoma.  He likes the neighborhoods.  He likes the condo options.  He likes the day to day pace of things here.  He likes the access to Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, Portland, and the ocean.  He likes the transformation occurring downtown.  However, he currently lives in one of those overly hip double caffeinated Seattle neighborhoods and he has a few concerns about heading south.  Mostly, he’s concerned about what life is like in Tacoma for a 30-something single guy.  Will he feel isolated down here – forcing him to drive to Seattle for music or other nightlife?  Will he see the same people over and over again?  Are there enough interesting ways for him to keep busy?  I’ve been doing my sales job on the area, but I can’t answer the current day single guy questions.  What do you think?  Is Tacoma an okay place to be single?  Thoughts?  Concerns?

 


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Doug

I live downtown and walk past there frequently. I have no complaint with how they are handling themselves. Let them stay. Work on the real problems in Tacoma…not Occupy Tacoma!

February 2, 2012 at 9:15 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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RR Anderson

if you strike them down they will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

February 2, 2012 at 9:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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kg

I live downtown and that park used to serve as the place where my toddler and I would kick the soccer ball around and ride his little bike.  I am all for freedom of speech, but this has gone too long and is starting to turn me against the movement.  Why not “occupy” a piece of land that folks don’t use instead of one our few public spaces downtown?  In the future when there is a cause that really warrants a protest of some form, this movement will have lessened the impact that event.

February 2, 2012 at 10:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Karen L. Jensen

I hope your toddler some day learns that one of his parents didn’t have enough imagination to find another place to play.  There are bigger issues that need to be addressed than your convenience and your son could be proud of you some day.  Maybe.

February 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RRS

How about “occupy a job” or atleast do charity work.  Sleeping in a park is a joke and sad….get off your lazy asses and do something besides drinking coffee and smoking weed.

February 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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KjKapp

Not impressed with the group down there.  Are they protesting jobs? (in the amount of time that they’ve been down there… they could have produced something tangible with their own hands, rather than waiting for it to be handed to them) Are they protesting “The Man” (news flash… Tacoma doesn’t have nearly as many commercial headquarters as it once had.) Are they protesting the wars? (they’re winding down… )In the end, this sad group of malcontents will only leave a completely trashed public space and the memory of essentially a homeless encampment “occupied” with folks whose value-set will likely leave them in the same place even once the economy is back on it’s fee.Good riddance.

February 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Janemckane

Why is it that a mother and her toddler are the ones who need to use their imagination? Yes, there are bigger issues, but every time I walk by this park, which is daily, i am either treated to somebody being very rude, somebody obviously high, or nobody doing anything at all. It’s not a protest, it’s little more than a homeless camp. It makes me angry because there are legitimate issues behind this movement, and I support those.

February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RR Anderson

taking your toddler to this park is a form of child abuse.  Seriously there are a million better parks for kids.  This park is in an armpit of busy traffic… noisy and foul smelling.  Take your child to wright part… jefferson park.  Tollefson!

February 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oh, I See

No. 6 has a good question: what are they protesting by camping? It seems the only thing they can achieve is raising awareness but if after how many months and it’s still not clear, change your marketing technique. Borrow from the Tea Party model and do something.

In other words, kudos to <span class=“caps”>WSDOT</span> for finally making moves to reclaim a public space and end their charade.

February 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jesse

They’ve had a long time to come up with a uniform message about what they stand for, what they’re going to DO about it, and a leader to take charge.  After months, they have nothing.  Time to move on.

February 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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geargirl

I totally agree with the previous posters: If they’re not doing anything to forward their cause or educate the public about why they’re there, leave. Get busy or get out.

Don’t sour those who support the original tenants that inspired the “Occupy” cause to those who are genuinely taking a stand for an issue the believe in. Because, right now, nobody down there is taking a stand. They’re just sitting around.

February 7, 2012 at 11:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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RR Anderson

earth to commenters have you ever heard of a sit in?  Jezus!

February 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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john

Spring is around the corner and I can tell the occupy folks one thing with certainty…YOU <span class=“caps”>NEED</span> TO BE <span class=“caps”>GONE</span> <span class=“caps”>BEFORE</span> <span class=“caps”>THE</span> <span class=“caps”>SUN</span> <span class=“caps”>STARTS</span> TO <span class=“caps”>SHINE</span>!!!

This is not “freedom of speech” – It is a bunch of people with nothing better to do. They think they are entitled to something without demonstrating the effort or talent needed to acquire it.

Success is not promised to anyone, but in most cases it is directly proportional to effort and personal habits. It is the culmination of talent, education, drive and competitive instincts. Then there is the matter of luck – thats always nice too.

Allow me to give you a formula that will fit into your agenda. This works for even the least talented and most underprivilaged:
1. Sleep in a tent( Not in the park I want to have lunch in )
2. Get a minimum wage job
3. Shower at the <span class=“caps”>YMCA</span>
4. Save all of your money for 5 years
5. Only buy food and clothes and necessities
6. You will have saved roughly $50,000 dollars.
7. During this time use government resources to get educated with a trade or degree with a promising future based on due diligence of employment trends.
8. Buy a small car for 5,000 – 10,000 cash. Never get a credit card.
9. Get a <span class=“caps”>JOB</span> or start your own business.
10. Stop complaining!
11. Take a look around you and realize how fortunate you are to live here and not in any of the countries where desparation is <span class=“caps”>REAL</span>!!

I drive past your group and you are too lazy even to demonstrate – as poor as your performance has been in life – you are just as bad as a group of protestors – pitiful!

IF <span class=“caps”>YOU</span> <span class=“caps”>CHANGE</span> <span class=“caps”>YOUR</span> <span class=“caps”>HABITS</span> – <span class=“caps”>YOU</span> <span class=“caps”>WILL</span> <span class=“caps”>CHANGE</span> <span class=“caps”>THE</span> <span class=“caps”>CONDITION</span> <span class=“caps”>THAT</span> <span class=“caps”>EXISTS</span> <span class=“caps”>FOR</span> <span class=“caps”>YOU</span> <span class=“caps”>AND</span> <span class=“caps”>THOSE</span> <span class=“caps”>AROUND</span> <span class=“caps”>YOU</span>!!

Right now you are just wasting your time and, like a guest who has stayed too long, you have worn out your welcome!

February 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jenny Jenkins

I’ve never been bothered by them being down there, but it would be nice to see them elsewhere as well.  I agree with a lot of their principles, so it would be good to see them at city council and involved in elections and things.

February 10, 2012 at 1:52 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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