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Remember the Kalakala?

In a weird way similar to the Elks Building, I find the saga of the Kalakala curious and, often, torturous.  It’s now back in the news.  From the City of Tacoma’s newsroom:

Members of the City Council are scheduled to consider a resolution Jan. 24 that would recommend to the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation that the art deco ferry the Kalakala be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kalakala is currently moored on the Hylebos Waterway at 1801 Taylor Way. If approved, the Council resolution notes that the historic places designation will not obligate the City to any future action or funding. The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to support the nomination of the Kalakala for listing on the national register in December.

I love old boats.  This old boat represents a very special time and place in the history of design.  I wish her luck.

Update: The state has voted to put the Kalakala on the state register of historic places.  Link to the News Tribune.

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How about 38Th st. streetscape, or Thompson Ave. resurfacing.  This part of town could use some needed infrastructure repairs.

September 15, 2012 at 8:48 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tim Smith

The area around the new South Tacoma Sounder Station. Take $400,000 from the Pacific Streetscape project to not only upgrade parking, sidewalks (not <span class=“caps”>ADA</span> accessible), but also to expand the facility to become the new Amtrak Station. The station must move from its current location and Freighthouse Square does not have the space for the trainsets.

Take all of the Milwakee Way money and put towards the Prologis Site access road upgrades for connection to SR16..

Take another 100,000 from the Tacoma Top 4 bike project and put towards completeion of the Water Flume (Ditch) trail.

September 15, 2012 at 9:38 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tom Llewellyn

Wait a second. So out of $440 million for the Puget Sound region, we, the second largest population center, get five percent? <span class=“caps”>WTF</span>?

And we’re supposed to be happy about this?

September 17, 2012 at 10:58 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Combined population of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap 3,754,659. Tacoma 200,678 = 5.3%

Total allocation, 440million. Tacoma’s allocation, 23million = 5.2%  I don’t know if some cities are taking in more than their fair share, but Tacoma seems pretty spot on in this particular case.

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