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The thing is, they must have only had 12 or so students - why they were not able to sustain the seminary college.  We did get invited to the Tea they held (under NW Baptist Seminary) about 6 years ago.  The building is just wonderful, the organ takes up a huge room.  One of the seminary students played the Harp during the tea - it is something that we still talk about to this day.  After the kidnapping of the youngest Weyerhaeuser, secret passages were built (hidden door in a book case).  The

July 21 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

How did the neighborhood handle a University there?

July 21 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Clown college. Problem solved.

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

McMenamins would be WONDERFUL!!!  They would 1) take care of the parking issues - like they did at Kennedy School in Portland.  2) deal with sound issues - like they do at all of their sites.  and 3) restore the buildings -  Anyone seen the greenhouse along Stevens?  What an eyesore!

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

So, everyone knows that this is a R2 zoned residential neighborhood, right?  That means lots and lots of houses.  This is a giant party house (150 - 250 guests) on a location with 11 parking spots.  Yep, 22 people per car is not a problem.  :)

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Wow!  Most of the comments people are leaving regarding not only the situation at the Weyerhaeuser Mansion but also its neighbors are just sad.  Yes, I am one of the “privileged” people that live by the mansion.  No, one day I don’t think that I will want my “spoiled brat daughter” to have her wedding there. Why should we “suck it up”?  How sad is it that people feel that fighting for a decent neighborhood is wrong.  I find myself wanting to comment out of anger but have decided it isn’t worth

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

So, as someone that is making money off the events at the Mansion, perhaps you may have a conflict of interest?  Let me guess, you were allowed to park on site, in one of the 11 parking spots allowed for event staff?

July 20 2014 A (Conditional) Green Light for Blue Ribbon Parties at the Old Weyerhaeuser Mansion

As a neighbor within 2 blocks of this venue, things have changes under blue ribbon.  250 people at a wedding is more than this neighborhood can handle on 100 year old wide roads.  Last summer, an ambulance was unable to get to a house due to parked cars on both sides of the street.  Blue Ribbon has no intent to add a parking lot to limit parking to on-site, due to the cost. 

Last week, the solution was to have guests park at a nearby elementary school via valet parking.  The neighbors around

July 20 2014 A (Conditional) Green Light for Blue Ribbon Parties at the Old Weyerhaeuser Mansion

Low income housing…... North Tacoma needs to suck it up and take it’s fair share of the Great Unwashed. Or just let Blue Ribbon Cooking have marriages/parties there. Honestly, the same sniveling North Enders who are block this today….. will rent the place for their spoiled brat daughter’s wedding next Summer.

July 20 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

I have little sympathy for these new tenants, coming in and riling up the neighborhood. They’re in the wrong spot for what they are doing. Go somewhere else.

July 19 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

I love both places and I really dig that Chris and all his talent will only be a mile away at Marrow. Of course, I will continue to both establishments as Hilltop Kitchen is at the top! If they both stay, two of my top three choices for drink and food reside in these two fun and active venues. Marrow could not be in better hands, thanks to all who brokered this deal!  Signed… A loyal guest of both places, john a

July 18 2014 Jaime Kay passes Marrow’s torch to Hilltop Kitchen’s Chris and Matt

Simpson-Kraft had a tendency to do excess after hours “stink generation” when WA Ecology inspectors were going home for the day or early in the morning.  Hope RockTenn has a better way of doing business.

July 18 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

RockTenn should have a goal of zero stink by 2018.  If they fail to meet it, the Council should pledge that there will be no more resolutions celebrating an industry that couldn’t adequately clean up its act and demonstrate compatibility with operating in proximity to a growing residential population. 

Anyone who believes the aroma is no longer an issue harming Tacoma’s reputation and economy doesn’t drive I-5 past the Tacoma Dome or disembark from the Sounder or ST Express at the

July 17 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

I’m sure they have fantasies of a future where such an estate is once again feasible as a single family residence. Keep out those undesirables and their tacky weddings. Bring back the landed gentry!

July 16 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

That place would make for a really cool McMenamins or the like with a bar open until 2 a.m.  Or maybe me and a group of my hippie friends could move in there and make it a decadent commune.  In other words, the estate’s privileged neighbors probably should have thought about how a wedding/party venue with reasonable hours stacks up against other possible uses for the property if their NIMBY effort fails.

July 16 2014 Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

Absolutely it’s a good thing.  I agree.  But, I’ve seen things like this implemented in a way that makes a patient’s care tied to a mathematical equation - which is notoriously done in hospital systems to create formulary.  There’s so much more to a patient than that.  Mathematical equations ignore the reality of a patient’s lifestyle, psyche, ability to cope with disease, and on and on.  Things like this are a pitfall for people with engineer brains who make management decisions at hospitals -

July 16 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

The very idea of a machine learning based system is that it isn’t “one size fits all” as you describe it. Sure, it’s only a tool. But it is one that can track a lot more variables in real time than any individual can keep track of themselves.

I see this as a good thing.

July 15 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

I work in the healthcare field and talk to hundreds of providers every month.  I know the industry.  This tool, in theory, is good.  But, the most important thing about medicine is that it is practiced; one size does not fit all.  That means that every patient is different.  Their tolerance for pain, anguish, or whatever else ails them is different from patient to patient.  This allows or disallows medical providers to choose their line of therapy tailored to the patient.  This tool is a way

July 15 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

Mission accomplished.

July 15 2014 Vote for Tacoma Fire Department's Chicken en Croute

The City maintenance and preservation backlog is a liability. 

Deferring maintenance and preservation on transportation and surface water Utility assets and extending the service life of the City fleet are classic examples of a bureaucracy Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.   

Unfortunately over the last two plus decades Tacoma has taken this practice to the nth degree and as a result all of our infrastructure, save that which is under purview of TPU, is in such a dilapidated state that it is

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Technically the City is solvent.  It is paying all its debts.  It has however deferred maintenance of facilities.  Which just means it has expanded the life cycle of said facilities beyond their normal maintenance schedule.  I think the smoothing plan for the vehicle fleet is innovative and other measures can be taken to deal with deferred maintenance. 

I think ZBB is draconian and its use is not to be a budget solution but to be used in budget freefalls, which we are not in that situation. 

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

EXACTLY why “not now?”  Please be specific. 

The City’s finances are upside down.  Expenditures are forecast to exceed revenues with no end in sight. 

Zero Based Budgeting would impact current stakeholders in the status quo who cannot justify the dollars programmed and budgeted.  It would either free up funds for projects and programs that can be justified or would cut the cost of government overall. 

Zero Based Budgeting will come up against fierce resistance.  Tacoma politics is owned

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

The Biennium budget is off 2% it does not require something as draconian as zero based budgeting.  You could cut Police and Fire 5% and you’d have a 1% surplus.  ZBB is a good way to deal with a freefalling budget.  Perhaps it would have been a good measure in 2008 but not now.

If anything I’d like to see Public Work’s budget increased since their budget was wiped out in the previous biennium.  I’m sure that the offset could be found in the “other” but it is important to find out what the

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

The City has budget analysts and finance professionals on the payroll.  This lame tool has been part of every charlatan politician’s bag of tricks for decades.  It is hauled out in front of gullible audiences to give the impression to citizens that there is nothing that can be cut from a jurisdiction’s budget without severe impact on what residents consider indispensable to their quality of life.

This is not how financially sound Cities are managed at all.  What Tacoma probably needs is to

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Haters gonna hate.  You could give them every opportunity to provide input or completely not involve them and their reaction would be the same.  See above.

The exercise was fun but I wish the “other” category was explained more considering it is one of the largest categories.  Overall too simplistic to get honest indepth feedback from the public other than you know roads come from Public Works, so give them more budget.

Also, I swear I know that voice doing the overview of the budget stats,

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

What happened to “Back to Basics” TC?  You stood in front of the community and tied your credibility to implementing a strategy that moves the City into a mode that “focuses like a laser on delivering basic government services.” 

Tacoma government is incapable of even picking up trash on a weekly basis, but can “find” money to fund every discretionary project that comes along. 

Take your propaganda campaign back to Texas. 

 

July 15 2014 Learn About the City's Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

Amazing!  Not only do we have to deal with the out-of-place scale of this development, a beautiful old tree on N 28th has been cut down to accommodate it.  Really?  At a time when the City is trying to increase the tree canopy city-wide?  In my opinion, this is just another slap in the face of local residents who are asking for something, anything, to make this inevitable monster fit within our community.  Thanks Ehrling and Bill!  For nothing.

July 12 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I think that the Tacoma City Council will be safe for a while (again) from Gadfly Robert Hill as I just looked upon his name at WA Courts online and saw a Robert Jesse Hill booked in the Kitsap County Jail on a Felony Promoting Prostitution charge with a $150,000 bail.Not 100% sure but I think that it’s him.

http://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/incustody/jailwebsecond.asp?charges=700098065

However I do miss the local comedy viewing on TV Tacoma

July 12 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Hi Ken, If you click on the “Open house” link in the story, it should take you to the event details, or follow this link: http://www.exit133.com/events/details/schuster-slope-open-space-open-house

July 11 2014 City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

Is there a posted location for the open house on Wednesday, July 16 or a link to the original announcement from the City and Metro Parks?

July 10 2014 City & Metro Parks Partner on Schuster Slope Open Space

KOMO 4 just said that Tacoma won the votes and will be facing off with a few other Fire Departments in a trivia and physical challenge soon.  A new opportunity to vote, they said, is in the near future.  Good job Tacoma Fire… and thanks for keeping us safe and sound!

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Loved it….voted for you Tacoma. ..that for protecting us

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Voting buttons are up now.  Try Internet Explorer to get the poll buttons.  They did not appear in Chrome.

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

That never came to mind. With his hair I thought he looked like he was the victim of a cartoon-type explosion.

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Anyone else see the guy with blackface? That’s messed up. I know it’s supposed to look like smoke or ash or whatever, but to me I just saw blackface.

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

‘been a lot of trouble in my neighborhood, and I welcome someone to watch over me.  As long it is that driver, I mean.  ;-)

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Made by the Guys and GAL at Station 12… :)

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

Fixed. Thanks for catching that.

July 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Correction: In first paragraph, Out in the Park is erroneously located at Wright Park.  The actual location (correctly named in your related article) is Pierce Transit Park between 9th & 11th on Broadway.

July 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 8, 2014

Nice work!

July 09 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

If you don’t like multiple choice questions, do please go to

http://engagetacoma.mindmixer.com/

which is the city’s attempt to get input from people who weren’t surveyed and can’t turn up to meetings.  The input is much more flexible, and there is even opportunity to comment!  Since I designed surveys for a living for many years, I know how tricky they can be, and welcome unstructured discussions.  Enjoy!

July 07 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

“Furthermore, there should be some thought for making the sidewalks welcoming for pedestrians, with a dedicated bike lane, both screened from freeway sounds by concrete noise barriers.”—paolo

Historically, the Right To Silence groups have been underserved.

July 07 2014 Pacific Avenue to Close Over I-5

One hopes on either end of the new Pacific Avenue overpass that smaller boulevard trees will be placed in the median.  Furthermore, there should be some thought for making the sidewalks welcoming for pedestrians, with a dedicated bike lane, both screened from freeway sounds by concrete noise barriers.  This could be a means of opening a vital link between the downtown area and the S. 38th and Pacific business district.  The question arises with Pierce County’s proposed administration complex

July 07 2014 Pacific Avenue to Close Over I-5

If you or I attend a public meeting we will more likely than not not see these Senior Fellows in attendance, there is no need and they understand that public outreach in Tacoma/Pierce is for show.  Senior Fellows don’t take advantage of the “public comment” periods at council meetings where time available to comment is strictly controlled, and why would they, they have our elected officials and senior City and county staff on speed dial and you had better believe that when they tell senior

July 06 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

What I firmly believe is that The ALF functions in the same capacity as did Tamany Hall under Boss Tweed. 

Public policy is conceived of therein, it is debated among Senior Fellows (including a quorum of Council members) both face to face and in online chat rooms, votes are traded and whipped up and the outcome is decided - all before the public even has an inkling that the subject is on the table for discussion. 

Potential candidates for public office are also identified and vetted from

July 06 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

@JDHasty DO you think that there is enough connectivity between ALF, City of Tacoma and Pierce County governments and the local media for a RICO case?

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

I loved ALF that was such a great show in the early 90’s.

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

We could use this model from Somerville , MA.  We would gain revenue and address pedestrian safety/crosswalks at the same time.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=de5_1404543319

July 05 2014 Tacoma's Budget Outlook

I see they forgot The Chief Brame Award for the company, organization or individual that has done the most to trash Tacoma’s image in state, national, and international media.

I would nominate The American Leadership Forum [ALF] for that award.  Nine times out of ten when Tacoma has made the national news it has been coverage of some scandal and I cannot recall a single time over the last fiften or so years that a single one of these scandals has not involved at least one ALF Senior Fellow. 

July 05 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

I see they forgot The Chief Brame Award for the company, organization or individual that has done the most to trash Tacoma’s image in state, national, and international media. This year’s winner (for the 8th year running) is The GEO Group, Inc owner and operator of the Northwest Detention Center and the starting point of a wave of protests and hunger strikes that went global over the failed immigration policies of the USA.

From Time:

July 04 2014 Chamber New Tacoma Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Downtown Tacoma

Spot on Doug,

This Eleventh Street nonsense should be funded through an LID that the interested property owners vote to attach to their own real estate.  It would be one thing if Tacoma were not faced with a very real threat of bankruptcy if all available revenues are not programmed and budgeted toward preservation of our infrastructure and restoration of our failed infrastructure until we are once again in control.  At this point pavement (as well as utilities that are buried under that

July 03 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

BONUS ESSAY QUESTION: How do you rate the usefulness of multiple choice questions as a diagnostic tool for formulating public policy?

1) Highly Useful 2) Useful 3) Kinda Useful 4) Don’t Know

1) Muy Bueno 2) Bueno 3) Okay 4) No Se

July 03 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

The closure of this bridge is more attempts by the City of Tacoma to further close the 11th street corridor. It started with the Hylebos bridge being closed for months if not years, then being rebuilt at a incredible fee to tax payers, and it continues to be a bridge to no where. Same story with Murray Morgan bridge and now this one. How many millions have been spent on this corridor? We must be up to $70 million by now and still climbing..what do we have to show for it? Two bridges now that go

July 02 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

There were constraints on how State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax revenues old be used, but certain jurisdictions went to the legislature to have the constraints considerably loosened.  Would anybody like to guess which south sound city whose name starts with a T and ennds with an a was the ring leader of this effort?  I’ll give you a hint: it is the same City whose mayor used those funds to rebuild the alley brained his personal residence.  Used those funds to fund Stadium Banners, Business District

July 02 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

I found the questions to be vague at times and barely scratching the surface of the issues. I suppose that it is a start at least but I would have liked follow-up questions on a few items.

July 02 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

There was a street utility law on the books that allowed cities to do this, but the Supreme Court overturned the law finding that it essentially was a property tax and that it didn’t conform with what that usually entails.

The State Legislature needs to loosen the reigns on cities in Washington.  Cities only have the authority that is explicitly granted to them by the State.

July 02 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

The City’s questions with their emphasis on safety don’t resonate with me.  It isn’t 1990 anymore.  The issues have changed.  Tacoma needs economic development on a massive scale and we need to be better linked with jobs in the Central Puget Sound.

Just to stay where we are we need to make tremendous investments in streets and bridges to offset all of the deferred maintenance that’s happened for decades.  For a city of our size we also should have a much more robust public transit network.

July 02 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

And sad to see what happens when the State shifts ship building projects from Tacoma to Seattle.
Sad to see how little our legislators fought to get the State Ferry contract and keep it here rather than “ship” the work to Seattle so local land developers have a new piece of land to play with and pad their coffers.

The sad result told here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023970771_tokitaeferryxml.html

July 02 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?

I have studied the City of Tacoma Six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (6-year TIP) foe each of the last half dozen iterations and have discussed it on a line item by line item basis.  Something I would guess that you have not even attempted to do.  So I will consider your little rant in that context and would suggest that others o likewise.

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

Your statement isn’t even worthy of a response.  What I will say though is that our City’s behavior on fiscal matters is infantile at best and if that is how you handle your personal finances then I can understand your mother’s concern.

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

You sound like my Mother.  She visits me every so often and basically tries to guilt me into giving her money to live on.  She talks as if she knows my income and budget.  She tells me that I can afford different things that aren’t on my radar for spending.  She really doesn’t know anything about my finances but she certainly seems ok with dictating what and where my money should go.  She ends up looking like a foolish know-it-all. 

What I’m saying is; don’t be a Mother.

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

“They’re passing it without a public vote, which is probably what will need to happen in Tacoma”

Obviously you think the City of Tacoma has a revenue problem, but I would contend that what the City of Tacoma suffers from is irresponsible spending.
Here in Tacoma the “they” you are talking about have frittered away the copious revenues that the City takes in on discretionary projects of every imaginable description and have done so without a vote of the public.  Take a look at any recent

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

I’m perplexed how the City Council could vote on many of the proposed charter changes considering some of the changes they threw out had to do with their own interests.  Doesn’t self interest in a proposition mean the Council members need to recuse themselves?

July 01 2014 Charter Changes: Apply to Write For & Against Statements

Portland is working on a street fee to fund maintenance work on roads and bridges.  They’re passing it without a public vote, which is probably what will need to happen in Tacoma considering a street levy hasn’t been passes since the 1960’s here.
Basically, they’re charging businesses and residents a fee for how much road they’re using.  That is, if you live in a condo in downtown, you share a portion of street with several other people and therefore pay very little fees.  If you’re way out in

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

Charming.

July 01 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

It would not surprise me the rendering were been taken down subsequent to my pointing this out a few months ago. 

“This table shows the Altitude angle (in degrees) of the sun in Tacoma on March 20, the solar equinox, or the most average day of the year”

And in the winter, when the sun is low in the sky, when most people would benefit from direct sunlight exposure the average isn’t at all representative.  Is it? 

FYI, I had to pass geometry to advance to trigonometry and I had to pass

July 01 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

You may have to actually use this link and input the values to get the table.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php

Anyway, undoubtedly you can find some times at which the shadow of the building will hit some portion of some home owner’s property, but the point I am making is that the impact will be quite small when it comes to shade.

June 30 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I couldn’t find the rendering you were writing about, but saying you took math classes is not the same as using math. I also took college calculus, but as I said, only geometry is necessary. This table shows the Altitude angle (in degrees) of the sun in Tacoma on March 20, the solar equinox, or the most average day of the year http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_altazw.pl. At 11:00 am the altitude is 34.1 degrees. I assume the height of the building is 65 feet, the max allowed by zoning as far

June 30 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

the time to gentrify Proctor neighborhood is NOW.  High time we push out all the riff-Raff

June 30 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Gee, I have a plan
- Let’s kick in $1.5M to fund luxury condos that cost north of a quarter million bucks per unit and are ostensibly transitional affordable housing for distressed families.
- Let’s pour north of a million dollars/block into lower Pacific
- Let’s fund a $30M community center
- Let’s pay for City Council members and senior staff to fly to God knows where to learn from God knows who about God knows what while staying in luxury hotels and resorts.
... and ditch trails, and

June 30 2014 Tacoma's Budget Outlook

I think the initial presentation of the west end drawings went wrong because the proposed retrofit follows the same roofline as the existing warehouse. A unique stand-alone rail station with an airy courtyard adjacent to a period appropriate refaced Freighthouse Square warehouse might serve as an acceptable compromise between WSDOT and the Dome District stakeholders.

The juxtaposition of different building styles and building materials is already a self-evident characteristic of the district.

June 30 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

Personally, I think building a new Amtrak station in Lakewood for the Cascades and Coast Starlight makes the most sense. There’s room to build a proper station building, with ticketing, waiting room, and baggage handling space, the Sound Transit garage can be expanded, or a new facility built to handle Amtrak’s Short and Long term parking needs along with adding more ST parking. I would then also add a stop for Amtrak Cascades at Freight House Square, with modest facility’s, including

June 30 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

A great project.  If you don’t like density, don’t live in the city.

June 29 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I just moved here from that big city to the north.  Please avoid repeating the mistakes of Seattle.  Complicated crosswalks and over-signage result in a more difficult and less navigable traffic system for ALL.  The bicycle green boxs are terrible, terrible, terrible and rediculously overpriced that only serves an extreme minority at the cost of the majority.  Every-time I witnessed an interesection “improved” for safety it just caused more and more dangerous situations.  Lights, ADA ramps,

June 29 2014 Next Steps for Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

If a person goes to their own website they will find renderings of the project.  In one of them the view is looking west from an angle of about where the sun would be in the sun would be in the sky at 11:00AM.  The windows of the homes are just visible over the roofline of the project. 

As far as a rudimentary understanding of geometry, I have two years of college calculus under my belt, with nearly a 4.0 GPA in all my college level math classes.  But, light travels pretty much in a straight

June 28 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I love all the positive growth taking place within Proctor. Progress brings more progress… This project is going to bring more people, businesses, shops and cafés into our neighborhood.
I am so ready to have a real vibrant community. Metro market is being remodeled, Washington school is being fixed up and now a real mixed use project is being developed that will bring in housing and new businesses.
It is a very exciting time in Proctor.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Erik..all your points make even more sense to add to this neighborhood. I am sure those that saw the Starbucks go in on the corner, thought the neighborhood was being sold to corporate interests, yet this one addition has also added some vitality to the community. Lets hope they are able to complete this project.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

The only good news about how this came to be is that it’s extremely unlikely that another developer is going to be able to hit all the height “bonus palette” requirements necessary to achieve the same scale unless they somehow acquire another square half a block of real estate in the neighborhood.  I’m not sure how that’s ever going to happen.

The result is that this is going to stick out like a sore thumb; like the other prefab condo/apartment structures popping up around town it will always

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

It is physically impossible for it to cast a shadow on a homeowner. To the west is a church and phone company. To the east are commercial properties. To the north is a school.  All of these neighbors are across street and are set back from the road. It probably won’t even cast a shadow long enough to reach them for more than a few minutes in the early mornings and evenings. The shadow argument is refuted by simply looking at a map and having a rudimentary understanding of geometry.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Incredible.  Hopefully they can pull it off.  In the top 3 percent of projects built in the last 60 years in Tacoma.  Usually, all Tacoma gets is a bunch of car centric strip malls.  Here are the components of it:

1) Adding housing in one of Tacoma’s mixed use centers.

2) Adding retail on the “main street” of Proctor repairing come of the urban fabric.

3) Built right next to the street for pedestrian walkability and friendliness helping complete a living room feeling.

4) Filling in a

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

This is the culmination of Evans maneuvering for well over a decade.  Fact of the matter is he is responsible for the angle parking in front to the school, he conspired with City staff to increase available on street parking in preparation for an application for reducing his on site parking requirements.  This project has been granted waivers, deferrals and exemptions from every requirement imaginable and of those requirements he could not get around he got the Council to change or amend. 

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Sad, stupid, and short-sighted.  This building is replacing businesses that have been in the Proctor area for years and that were well loved.  I shouldn’t be surprised, I guess, that anyone or anything can be replaced at the drop of a dollar, which now has more value than anything else.  Wasn’t there a restriction on how high buildings could be in this area?  In the drawing of the building, the whole atmosphere of Proctor is changed from intimate to imitation ‘urban’.  This will not entice me

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

The architectural style is Early American Housing Projects. Cabrini Green replicated right here in the Tacoma’s north end. 

The residents of the Proctor District, some of them second and third generation, do not deserve this.  The proposed building is out of scale with it’s neighbors and will result in nearby homeowners living in it’s shadow.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

Having grown up in the Procter area many years ago, (enough to remember the day President Kennedy was assassinated and the reaction from the local business owners), I can say that this development is long overdue. I do not buy the philosophy that the neighborhood is being lost to development. I have witnessed what happens when developments like this go into neighborhoods and the vitality of the community certainly rises. Now the local merchants from the Blue Mouse Theater, to the restaurants to

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

We need about twice as many people living within the city limits to get the density it really requires to be a “city.” Until then, we’ll always be a dumpy, back water port in the shadows of Seattle. People are moving here—they’ve got to go somewhere. Personally, I’d like most of the new construction to go downtown, but neighborhoods have to absorb some as well.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I’m excited. I’m looking forward to the vibrancy and activity that will come with more feet on the street and a new building with new retail spaces.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

There goes the neighborhood.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

I live close to this project and I dread the scale of it. You can’t stop development though, especially when one of the major backers used to sit on the Tacoma City Council.

June 27 2014 Work Begins Soon on The Proctor

The bigger shame is that we only have one location to consider - Freighthouse Square - and other much more accessible, safer, and regionally responsive locations in Tacoma have not been considered. Available property, connectivity to Sounder, and room for growth all exist in South Tacoma. This will be at least the third major rebuild around Freighthouse Square in less than a decade. Of course reviewing the City of Tacoma transportation plan….oh that’s right we don’t have one. We just keep

June 27 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

WSDOT pleads poverty in the quest to design at Freighthouse Square a new Amtrak station for Tacoma, thereby making the preferred east-end alternative there an apparent impossibility because its higher development and claimed operations costs.  One wonders if the eventual sale of the current Amtrak station site along Puyallup Avenue might yield funds that the federal passenger railroad agency, with the encouragement of local members of Congress, might be able to be use to build a better-qualty

June 26 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

Why can’t they put it on the West side but not make it so ugly? A quality architect who gives a crap about this little city could design a good fit.

June 26 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

Thanks for providing more information. I agree that it would be great to see the whole East side of the Foss, north beyond 11th, be zoned to encourage more diverse uses. The proximity of the detention center to this area really doesn’t help to encourage development. Nor does a refinery at the northern tip of the peninsula.

The evolution of Granville Island to its current mixed uses was borne out of a shortage of available land. Unfortunately, downtown Tacoma has a surplus of undeveloped land

June 26 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?

Wow, just watched the video on the site for Pybus Market. This looks exactly like what we need down at Freighthouse.

June 26 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

Yay! It is indeed wonderful to see this business thriving. I’m so happy they’ve got a space with such great big windows. Now, to turn the parking spot next to the bike corral into a patio with seating! Wouldn’t that be great? I think it would be the first of its kind in Tacoma, right?

June 26 2014 The Red Hot is Open!

This seems like it might be a way to preserve the look of each end of the building while giving the interior the makeover (for more than just the train station section) it sorely needs.  People should visit Wenatchee’s new Pybus Public Market if they want an example of the kind of amenity Freighthouse could be for Tacoma but currently is not.

June 26 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

Thanks for clarifying the zoning rules—I had momentarily forgotten the details of the comp plan update.  I would hope that in the long run the city will make the same change north of 11th as they have south of it—why put the Center for Urban Waters up there and strand it among the tank farms?  It can’t be smart to tempt fate by indefinitely maintaining the tanks on soil that’s highly vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamies, and sea level rise.

June 26 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?

I worked for Matinac in the 70’s, along with the fella that became my best man (37+ years ago) and the fella that became my 1st born’s Godfather ( two different guys both well remembered).
Sad to hear they are gowing under. the son Joe was about my age maybe a little older.

June 26 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?

I would love to see this restored to its former purpose as a synagogue.

June 25 2014 North Slope Historic District Church for Sale

I like the word “gritification.” I’m going to have to find an excuse to use that.

June 25 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?

If it’s private money, all for it.  Public money, no way, fix what we already have first.

June 25 2014 "Gentrification" or Grittiness for the East Side of the Foss Waterway?
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