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Cleaning Up Schuster Slope

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks have begun to discuss what to do about the Schuster Slope, and how to best manage it for both positive environmental impacts and pubic access. The Schuster Slope is 16-acres of open space above Schuster Parkway, running from the I-705 off-ramp to the south, north

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 16, 2014

Undergrounding Power Lines

If you're interested in getting rid of overhead power lines in Tacoma, you might want to tune in to this Tuesday's joint study session between Tacoma City Council and the Tacoma Public Utility Board. The main topic of discussion will be undergrounding of power utilities.

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Help Fix Tacoma’s Residential Parking Permit Program

The City's Parking Technical Advisory Group is a group of citizens that reviews City parking policy and recommendation improvements to the City Manager. The group has been working on improving Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit program, which a press release this week calls "broken." Now they're

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Downtown to Defiance Returns With a Duathlon

A pair of events coming up on September 28 will give you a number of ways to enjoy Tacoma's waterfront between Point Defiance and downtown Tacoma free from cars.

Downtown to Defiance Sunday Parkways

This is the second year of this free event. On September 28 the seven miles of roads and paths

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Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

The black bear spotted in north Tacoma and Point Defiance over the last few days has been captured. Word on the street is that Fish and Wildlife caught up with the bear down near Puyallup Avenue and Dock Street.

The adult male female black bear will be relocated to a new home, probably somewhere

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The Winter Harvest with John Valentine

W.W. Seymour Conservatory September 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Join us at the Conservatory lectures series as John Valentine tells us the best ways to grow and harvest veggies at unexpected times of the year.
The maritime Pacific Northwest is a small and unique sub-climate for growing. Learn about what makes it so, how to manage humidity, which varieties of

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Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

Visitors who live at a Tacoma address will be admitted free on the Tacoma Resident Free Days listed below. Please bring proof of residency.*

The free day is offered as a thank you to Tacoma voters, who in 1999 approved a $35 million bond issue to pay for Zoo improvements. The money has funded

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Residential Parking Permit Revamp

UPS Campus’ Wheelock Student Center September 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Public invited to work session on Thursday, Sept. 18

Do you have a residential parking permit? If so, plan to attend a residential parking permit work session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the UPS Campus’ Wheelock Student Center near North Alder and North 16th streets.

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Tacoma Historical Society’s Man Behind the Totem

Tacoma History Museum September 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Join us at Tacoma History Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue, for free events connected with our newest exhibit – “Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935.”

(Third) Thursday, September 18, 6:15 pm: Tacoma Historical Society’s “Man Behind the Totem” Ever wonder how downtown Tacoma ended up with a

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Conversations Re:Tacoma - Destiny Realized - Models From the Outside

The Grand Cinema September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join us for the 6th season of community forums focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma’s urban neighborhoods and downtown core – a healthy dialogue can lead to thoughtful action. Each forum is followed by an informal after-party to continue the conversation with our speakers.


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A Swiss Run Not to Miss

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join Tacoma Runners this week as we return to The Swiss in Downtown Tacoma for 3 easy miles followed by fun back at the bar. You can bet we will run some stairs, and we will get a sneak peek at the nearly-finished Prairie Line Trail through the UWT campus along our route. What better way to get a

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September ART BUS Tour

Tour begins curbside in front of Hotel Marriott September 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

​Tacoma Art Bus is a tour held on the third Thursday of every month exploring Tacoma’s creative culture by visiting local art exhibits throughout town. Each tour is different and includes art, pizza courtesy Puget Sound Pizza, games, prizes, swag bags and raffle opportunities. Please visit our

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Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014

Downtown Tacoma September 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

Save the date on the 3rd Friday in September for Park(ing) Day 2014!Providing temporary public open space…one parking spot at a time! Park(ing) Day is an international event meant to promote thoughtfulness about how we use physical space in a way that is fun and engaging to the community. In

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Coast to Coast Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

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Watch out Tacoma, a group of pretty hardcore bikers are headed your way. The annual Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run stretches nearly 4,000 miles from the start in Daytona Beach, Florida to the finish right here in Tacoma.

The motorcyclists participating make the run in 17 days. They left Daytona Beach on September 5. They'll see some of America's most beautiful scenery on their trip, before finding their way to the finish at the LeMay America's Car Museum, where you can welcome them to Tacoma. Expect them to roll into town sometime mid-afternoon next Sunday, September 21.

We won't claim to be endurance motorcycle riders, but we're guessing they'll be ready for a cold drink and a hot meal when they get here.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

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As multimodal transportation options become a regular part of planning conversations, the animosity between (some) drivers and (some) cyclists and pedestrians means many debates come down to dogma, rather than actual facts - drivers don't want to be slowed down by sharing the road with cyclists, while cyclists feel unsafe by having to share lanes with motor vehicles.

But maybe there's a way to design multimodal streets that are safer for bikes and keep cars moving as fast or even faster than before. 

A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation looks at protected bike lanes installed in the city and discovers examples of those new lanes leading to an increase in both car speeds and bike safety.

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Onetime Italian grocery store to get a new touch of Italian

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As the UWT section of the Prairie Line Trail nears completion this fall, work is also moving forward on Elemental Pizza, which will replace Grassi's in the wedge-shaped Pagni and Lenti building at the north corner of the UWT campus at 17th and Pacific.

The University chose the Pagni and Lenti name, like other buildings on campus, for its former occupants. In the early 1900s the building was home to an Italian grocery store that served as a hub for Tacoma's Italian-American community.

Elemental Pizza hopes to incorporate some of that history in its new restaurant, as they work toward a January opening.

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Culture is identity

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Spokane, like Tacoma, is working to earn a seat as a prosperous second city. 

our business dudes and ladies are trying to crack that problem, working tirelessly to incubate sectors here that, once they reach a certain mass, will begin drawing talent to them like neutron stars, becoming hubs of self-reinforcing industry.

It's not about Tacoma, but it could be. Except for one difference - the author, Luke Baumgarten, sees Tacoma's investment in the arts and culture as a key differentiating factor between attracting and retaining talent, and losing it.

... Tacoma has financed, with public and private money, a ton of art and cultural initiatives in the past decade that have transformed Seattle's scary little brother into an attractive and affordable alternative. 

As we look ahead to address gaps in Tacoma's City budget for the next biennium, no area of spending will go unexamined, but areas like the arts are often easy targets for spending cuts. Baumgarten's article makes an economic argument for their value.

Your $10,000 of corporate giving helps my arts organization(s) do the cool shit that make our town a more attractive place to recruit to.

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Many I-5 lane and ramp closures occur in Tacoma

Drivers traveling on Interstate 5 through Tacoma will encounter lane and ramp closures for I-5 construction. 

The closures are scheduled as follows: 

9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15-16 

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Pierce County to host purchasing forum for local businesses

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and Purchasing Division and their partners are hosting a free purchasing forum for local businesses. Attendees can learn about new and existing

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Apply to Serve on the Audit Advisory Board by Oct. 10

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the citizen position on the Audit Advisory Board.

The Audit Advisory Board consists of each member of the Government Performance and Finance

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City of Tacoma Hosting Senate Bill 6312 Impact Discussion

The City of Tacoma will welcome Sen. Jeannie Darneille and Optum CEO Cheri Dolezal on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for a discussion with Tacoma’s mental health and chemical dependency providers about Senate

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Man pleads guilty to 1986 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Christopher Leon Smith, 51, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for the 1986 killing of Tacoma-resident Carol Davidson. She was 46-years-old at the time of her death.

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