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I agree with you the area is not pretty, but I don’t think that means we throw out the baby with the bathwater.  We have minimal design code standards for the area, why must the bar be pushed lower based off of how flexible it is?

April 23 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

Even if we knew who did this the punishment wouldn’t fit the crime.  Vandalism charges are what? A misdamenor? The City wouldn’t even be in a position for damages.  Plans to recoup the cost are a fantasy.  The best defense was for the City to address the problems to avoid liability and from this from happening again.

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

The “potholes” in Tacoma’s pavement are no laughing matter and as far as the Pot-hole-pig is concerned - that was cooked up to make this situation seem like something that should not be taken seriously.  In case you are not aware, the city’s entire burred utility infrastructure is at risk of serious damage due to the fact that Tacoma’s street’s are WAY BEYOND being potholed, they are now structurally failing at an alarming rate because water is infiltrating into the base courses and causing

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

Ut-oh, if we fix the potholes, where will the pot-hole-pig go to play?

I’m glad they’re using some (if only a tiny amount) for curb ramp upgrades. I sometimes think about the profane things I would yell as a handicapped person trying to maneuver the sidewalks around my home.

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

The City knows exactly who the individuals involved are.  They acknowledged as much at the Prop 1 meeting held last summer at Fern Hill School.  Fact of the matter is City staff confirmed that UWT students and faculty were responsible.

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

Good news that we are starting to address a long existing problem. Bad news that we are additionally assessed to do something that should be covered under basic street maintenance.

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

I thought we didn’t know who did the guerrilla sidewalks. JDHasty, you seem to know.  Did you have any particular names of UWT students and faculty?  Or evidence beyond veiled accusations? I mean besides you or anyone saying, “Well everyone knows,” or, “It’s obvious”... Because it’s not obvious. Sounds more like gossip.

April 23 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

One could make the claim, “Art is Timeless,” and therefore Warhol’s 1982 flower art is as relevant now as ever. But I’d like to put forth that the tools and materials used to produce art do change with time.

Closer to the point, we could never reproduce Warhol’s flower on the Tacoma Dome because in 1982 no final plans were developed for production technique according to Warhol’s studio direction. We have no authoritative reference guide.

We could reproduce Warhol’s 1982 flower art on the

April 22 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

Speaking of tantrums.

April 22 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

Thanks, Stu, arbiter of objectivity.  That said, I’m not worried about the tower—that part of town is crassly commercial, strip-malled (mauled?), and auto-centric, and it won’t be changing anytime soon.

April 22 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

Subjective comments and sign snobbery be damned. A mountain-top lookout cabin is appropriate for the northwest. It could even be kinda cool if the owners were to open it to the public as a functional lookout tower.

April 22 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

Here is a company coming in to Tacoma that is going to do more to attract people to come to Tacoma than the Convention Ctr & Glass Museum & State Historical Museum & Lemay Museum combined.  The proposed sign looks a lot better to me than the new baseball stadium or the Lemay museum, both of which are honest to God eyesores.

April 22 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

Perhaps that needs to be addressed as well.  The money they “give” is the same money they take out of a community.  I would submit that perhaps the residents of Tacoma are more in touch with what their community in in greatest need of.  Perhaps not, but at least the local politicians and senior staff would have one less excuse to bandy about.

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

I don’t dispute that funding for roads could have gone another direction.  I think your mission to seek out and expose corruption is a laudable goal but for your sake this project isn’t an example of discretionary or misappropriation of funds.

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

That outside entity is the entity that gives money for projects.  That money wasn’t going to repair a new street because we have those projects on the PSRC TIP as well.  PSRC is who decided this project was a priority to do when they decided to rank it so high and give money to fully fund the project.  You keep wanting to blame the City where there is no blame to be given on this subject.

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

It may be the number one ranked project by some outside entity, but it most definitely is not what residents told the City they wanted the City of Tacoma focusing on.  Go back to the survey done last spring and take a look at what residents identified as Tacoma’s number one priority and this project does not even appear on the list.

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail
Tacoma remains to have one of the lowest per capita revenues for streets of a city of its size.  You can’t compare it to other cities around it because they either have very high per capita rates or they have way less road miles to maintain.  Tacoma has the worst of both worlds.  Low per capita funding and high road miles.

That is because politicians have diverted revenues from infrastructure maintenance to fund all kinds of pie in the sky nonsense and outright graft.  I will agree that

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

$2.5 million awarded to UWT students and faculty who went out under cloak of darkness and vandalized City of Tacoma streets.

The lesson to be learned is that working within the system in Tacoma is not the way to have your voice heard.  The City knows who the people who were responsible are and instead of arresting them and recovering the cost to taxpayers of cleaning up the mess they made they are rewarded. 

Governance by temper tantrum, way to go Tacoma. 

April 22 2014 Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

Not to be confused with jazz trombonist Urban “Urbie” Green.

April 22 2014 Urban Green

Xeno makes a great point that funding these days is, unfortunately, complicated. It may be the case that the City had a choice of grants for the Trail (or some other similar type of improvement), or no grant at all.  And, as Dan points out, the PLT was the number one choice by the PSRC TAP.

While maintaining nice, new roads would be fine (expensive, but fine, I suppose) I do not think that the conditions of Tacoma’s roads necessarily constitute a “crisis.” An eyesore, or a “problem” (or, free

April 22 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

I don’t think the choice is a sign or no business.  Look at their other stores in cities with some semblance of planning and having a design code and they look like legitimate sensible stores .  We have such a code to prevent the area from looking like Disneyland.  I don’t know why a normal sign couldn’t suffice.  The City shouldn’t be granting variances to propagate a signage arms race to out do neighboring businesses.  It sets a bad precedent.

Why can’t they just make a sign like they have

April 21 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

Better a big sign than another empty building and wasteland parking lot. Without the sign the business is not very obvious from the freeway.

April 21 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

A downtown that competes with other downtowns in the region is a necessity for a functional Tacoma, and projects like the Prairie Line are part of making our city competitive.  This doesn’t make street maintenance any less important, but let’s not create false (and limiting) choices.  Functional cities can walk and chew gum at the same time.

April 21 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

What this comes down to is that the city (and the public) put more importance on exciting and trendy issues than the basic and important purposes of government, one of which is providing decent streets.

In fairness to the City of Tacoma, I have seen an uptick in street paving work in my area. It’s a good start, but there is much more to be done.

April 21 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

A few Tacoman’s know that I’ve worked to promote an image of earth on the dome for over 30 years. As the peril of our planet increases exponentially the image of earth - the ultimate pop icon - becomes more relevant with each passing day. I want Tacoma to lead the way in 21st Century awareness and strategies for clean energy, progressive humanistic values and a healthy biosphere. I believe my eARTh: HOME DOME concept would draw more consistent attention to our city than the tired Warhol. Amy

April 20 2014 New Hope Blooming for the Tacoma Dome?

How about a single dedicated lane between 512 and Martin that has no on or off option? Not HOT, not HOV, just a sign in Tacoma that says “Lacy/Olympia ONLY” and you get in it and then a separator keeps the incoming/outgoing base traffic out of the way.  Slowdowns happen when people change lanes at a speed lower than the traffic is moving in either lane. Keeping semis and commuter traffic separated from those that live/work in Dupont & JBLM should be the benefit of this system.

April 20 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

DOT could have added 3 or 4 lanes for what it wasted on the 520 floating bridge, the Columbia River replacement bridge studies, and the Big Bertha tunnel fiasco. These people can’t keep a project on time and on budget. Why don’t they show the public they can handle a major construction project and be good stewards of the public’s tax dollar at the same time?

April 20 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

Fortunately we have access to seawater.

http://www.industryweek.com/transportation/us-navy-game-changer-converting-seawater-fuel

April 19 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

This was the number one ranked project in the region in last year’s Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  I have some familiarity with the program.  I do not work for the City.  All of this information is publicly available.

Funding Recommendation List:  http://www.psrc.org/assets/10182/TAPFundingRecommendation.pdf

Eligible activities for TAP include:
 Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
 Environmental mitigation
 Community improvement

April 19 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

If there is a fund raising campaign to install the flower, I’d like the campaign to buy the naming rights at the same time.  This structure was originally financed by the citizens of Tacoma.  In honor of the citizens, it should bear the name of our community in perpetuity.  That would make it unique among public arenas, but it is, and should remain, uniquely Tacoman.  Didn’t the Cheney family do the same thing (buy up name rights) when Cheney Stadium was renovated?  The flower will most likely

April 19 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

The South Tacoma car dealerships are sales and service businesses that require mostly face to face interaction. They sell cars, car accessories, car maintenance services, car warranties, car insurance, car financing; and beyond selling they buy daily, thousands of dollars of cars and car related products and services.

The intersection of 56th & South Tacoma Way is one of the most dynamic points in Tacoma. I’ve watched the traffic flow there, and the stretch of South Tacoma Way on either side

April 19 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

Come on Tacoma, you can do it! Think big!

Also see:

Citizens to Install Andy Warhol’s Flower on Tacoma Dome

https://www.facebook.com/WarholonTacomaDome

April 18 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

I can’t speak to all funding sources of this project but I do know it is heavily grant funded.  It is also utilizing a lot of dynamic grants with high pedestrian improvement criteria.  It being a pedestrian project, the monies aren’t necessarily being deverted from another viable street repair project.  They are simply two different types of projects. So it is quite presumptive to assume that the Prarie Line Trial is a discretionary project.  I also read that it was one of the highest ranked

April 18 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

Notice how the photograph used is of the Dome prior to the parking lot being given away?  That wasn’t an oversight.  And, before anyone comes back and says that the photograph they had available was pre- and bla, bla, bla.  Better check Google Earth before typing.

April 18 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

“After lengthy negotiations with BNSF, the City of Tacoma has finally finalized the agreement to purchase sections of the trail between 21st and 25th”

If the City has money for this, then the City has money to restore the pavement that has been neglected for decades.  I am sick and tired of reading about million dollar per block streetscape and trails and every other type of discretionary spending in one little area of Tacoma, while the rest of the city goes without.  AND, make no mistake, I

April 18 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

Wouldn’t the flower draw attention to the dome?  Isn’t that good for the corporate sponsor - unless the sponsor wants to make the roof a giant ad for their company… Please tell me this isn’t the case.

April 18 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

Warhol flower, for good.

April 18 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

Or they could just have UWT students and faculty go out in the dead of night and under cloak of darkness paint Bass Pro logo on the sides of the overpass.  Six months later the City will give them exactly what they want and will raid the City maintenance budget to fund it.

April 18 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

I am not sure what scares me more sid, that our city council would be involved in national security issues or that your think they should be.

April 18 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

In my opinion, any place that is dominated by wide roads and large parking lots, especially auto dealerships, is an generally unattractive and unwelcoming sort of place. Is there a consensus that the auto dealership areas in Fife and Puyallup are “safer” or in a “nice environment”? What are the improvements they could implement that would make it more attractive to customers? Planting trees is always wonderful, but what else could they do? Coax other types of businesses to move in? Re-stripe

April 18 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

Motor Vehicle traffic will get worse but in the calculus due to petroleum world resource depletion issues and even alternative fuels fortunately congestion will diminish just in a couple of decades as fuels or even energy becomes much more prohibitive (costly) and scarce.It will become unsustainable as there will to quote a title of a famous study from the 1970’s called the Limits of Growth.By 2040 or 2050 the Interstate Highways system itself will become mostly a Velomobile,surrey,bicycle or

April 18 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

Paid parking at JBLM.  Institute Flyer Lanes at the gates for Pierce Transit.  Problem solved.

April 18 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

Ugh.  A structure in the guise of off-site signage.  What an abomination.  The problem with designs like this is that the commercial site becomes incredibly undesirable if Bass Pro Shops ever leaves the site/goes out of business (Form Based Code 101).  Then you get Hustler Hollywood next door moving in because the lease is cheap or buying the signage rights and hoisting up a giant sign (think the Lover’s signage in Tukwila that illuminates I-5 in a seductive purple glow).  Great that the

April 18 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

I’d like to see grade separation for the railroad at all of the interchanges for faster intercity high speed passenger rail in the future.  At a minimum they should be designed to allow for future grade separation projects to be constructed without having to demolish any of the new highway bridges.

April 17 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

Tell the military to pack their bags and go back home.

April 17 2014 I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

Give a complete support to this project.

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

So this project will be called the “South Tacoma Way Corridor Multimodal Improvements Project”. 

How impressive.

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

Whenever I think South Tacoma Way, Steve’s Gay 90’s Restaurant comes to mind. I believe South Tacoma Way was the original Auto Row, from the 50’s and 60’s.  But this is good news. A bit of sprucing up will be most appreciated.

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

Make sure the investors don’t try and build a fence next to a street or the wackos will come out of the woodwork with pitchforks.

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

If you want me to actually take you seriously I will.  Your comments are concerningly xenophobic suggesting this project is a plot or assault on JBLM & The Port of Tacoma.  This company has a track record in the area and is currently building the Artemis Hotel in Des Moines.  If you think they are a front company to steal national security secrets you’ve clearly not done your homework.

Second, the City of Tacoma essentially has no jurisdiction to enforce national security processes on

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

The city of Tacoma just released this a few days back on their website:

The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center had its best month ever in October 2013 with an occupancy rate of 77.57 percent. Major events through the year included the Mary Kay Career Conference, Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, Northwest Quiltfest, Jet City Comic Show and the annual Festival of Trees.

The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center’s sales partnership with the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

I read once that discounting contingencies without justification, invites strategic surprise.  I think it speaks volumes of how Tacoma operates at times and also your emotionally fueled statements.  Think of what you are saying Xeno, you are creating in yourself, the very same person you think I am.  I love that people want to spend money in Tacoma, but we should not let desperation for money, invite strategic surprise, of any kind.  All I am saying is doveryai, no proveryai.

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

So we’ll have a giant empty hotel next to a giant empty convention center, selling visas for the appearance of action. Check the GTCTC schedule for events with a planned attendance of over 1,000 people, they post it online.  There is no convention business that is going to magically appear, after a decade it’s hard to believe we’re still chasing the same ghost.

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

My first thought was similar to the Murano comment. A hotel of such size would be under-utilized. Doesn’t Yareton Investment & Management know that the Convention Center is a white elephant?

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

I would second your cheer for new “investors” if I were not concerned that the investment would cost tax paying Tacoma residents far more than they are worth.

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

Xeno, your comment was not necessary, as I am simply basing an opinion based on acumen, not emotion.  All I am saying is that this project needs to get looked at very carefully.  We need our city leaders to do their homework.  I bring you this example from a Bloomberg article and believe me, there are many more.  I just want our community to welcome the right project, if everything checks off then fine, but let’s not chase that tower in the interest of money, if it might present potential harm

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

How bout a giant needle?  We clearly need to find more ways to try to show up what Seattle has already done.  That’s why we made the fake totem in the first place right?

April 16 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

We should stamp their visas at the Chinese Reconciliation Park to clearly show that no one here harbors any sort of xenophobic behavior anymore!

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

I can’t tell if you’re crazy or joking. :(

April 16 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

Sure would be nice if it happens. 

The picture in this post shows just how empty downtown Tacoma is.  Half looks like a surface level parking lot.

Then there is this right nearby, nine adjacent surface level parking lots.

Please fill in some of them with buildings ASAP.

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

So we are going to allow a project funded by banks in a country that does not respect human rights, a democratic process, or the United States of America.  They are seeking roughly 150 resident visas to establish a project in a port city, in close proximity to a major military installation and two major cities.  This is “too good to be true.”  Our city government needs to take a hard look at this in conjunction with the appropriate agencies responsible for authorizing this.

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

In addition to Tacoma slowly growing in terms of the population and size of its economy, the condo-dwellers are going to come from: A) Puget Sound area baby boomers downsizing who want to live in an urban condo but can’t or don’t want to shell out at least twice as much $ for a condo downtown Seattle or Bellevue (and if they sell a place up there and buy one here they’ll have lots of extra spending $); and B) commuters to downtown Seattle.  If you’ve ever tried to take the bus from West Seattle

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

I’ll let the government worry about who we let in and don’t.  We don’t have control over that anyways.  New investors in downtown Tacoma? Way to go Tacoma!

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

Condo’s are alright—another hotel would be interesting.  But where are the jobs for the individuals purchasing these condo’s?  Where is the long-term economic growth associated with this project?  I’m all for continued downtown construction but the city needs to have organic entrepreneurial job growth or step up efforts to get more businesses in the downtown core.  30-45k jobs at statefarm won’t fill these condo’s at 400k+ and $17/hr at Davita isn’t getting it done either.

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

Who will we be giving visas to in exchange for money?  One million dollars is all that needs to be invested to offer a person a visa, this project will cost way more than that.  What will they do with that visa after the project is completed?  These are things we need to look at in a holistic manner before approving projects of this type.  To grant a person an American visa based on monetary contribution is a huge national security risk.  Don’t let the temptation of money and a real estate

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

@Jesse, what do you have in mind and how would one do it?

This is awesome news.  200 more residential units smack downtown, hotel, retail, parking. And no money out of pocket from the city.  What more could you want?

April 15 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

Trust me, there is no shortage of ice cream or amplified ice cream truck sounds at any of the more popular parks with easy street access. Jefferson Park has a visit from an ice cream truck about every 8-10 minutes all summer long. (They just don’t park inside the actual park.) It would be very nice to have access to caffeinated beverages and some type of actual food type food.

April 14 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

How can this giant investment be leveraged to create even more investment?

April 14 2014 Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

But will they sell plates of just cheeses?  Meats?  Yes please.

April 14 2014 Aviateur Opens in Old Zara, Sea Grill Space on Pacific Ave

Just a steel pole?  Hmm… Maybe we can create something specific to Tacoma with it… something unique?  Wait!  That’s been done!  Tacoma could be the first city to formally recognize festivus!  Is there a tree?  No, instead there’s a pole; requires no decoration.  I find tinsel distracting.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChmhQz5wsOI

April 14 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

A commemorative marker, say just a smooth 50ft steel pole, a representation of an absolute and unchanging geometric form, a super-cylinder, would signify the higher plane of abstract thinking and progressive action that Tacoman’s are famous for globally. Call it “Tacoma Totem Pole.”

April 14 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

Xeno makes some good points.  I’m definitely for the idea of historical preservation, but that doesn’t mean everything old needs to be preserved. As my dad used to say, we need to put on our thinking caps and come up with some more ideas.

April 13 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

The historical totem pole is already set to be saved.  At this point, it is a matter of the City of Tacoma being able to show that they can competently save and reserve a historical artifact.  They have already show great skill and enthusiasm at razing historical buildings.  Hopefully, they will be able to pull this off to save some of Tacoma’s history.

April 12 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

I think the best outcome is something along the lines of what Xeno describes—work with Haida, Tlingit, or Kwakiutl artists (maybe the latter because they’re the totem pole makers closest to us) to get a really cool new totem pole for the outdoor spot, and move the old one to the Washington State History Museum or something.  Another option could be a Puyallup-carved figure similar to the welcome figure.  How about $50K from the city with a public/major donor match—it might work.

April 11 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

This thing should be cut down and put in a museum to show a facet of the City’s attitudes in appropriating NW tribal culture if it truely must be preserved.  Why we keep this thing on a pedistal I don’t know.  It is akin to putting depictions of WWII anti-Japanese propaganda in your local park as if those were our ongoing views of Japanese people. 

It is unauthentic and the price to fix it far exceeds making a replica of it.  It is like we are falling for the joke twice to buy something that

April 11 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

My wife and I are Pierce County, Thurston County and King County business owners who frequently do business with Far East investors and we do not just like - we love - the new microsite! It is easy to understand and presents the information in a really clear way. That’s what I need for all levels of government to do. Speak to citizens in plain English and not bureaucratic speak. What a great marketing tool for Tacoma! I wish the cities of Seattle and Olympia did something like this. What I’d

April 11 2014 Tacoma 2013 Year In Review

I don’t think it’s worth spending $50K on. Even with the support structure this thing is going to be transformed into sawdust by the insects and the elements. Totem poles were meant to be temporary. Let’s not interfere with their destiny.

April 11 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

Tacoma has razed an endless number of historical buildings and monuments in it’s “urban renewal” efforts.  Many more have been lost through fire or arson.

The cost to save the 110 year old totem pole is tiny compared to what the city spends even repairing a sidewalk.

Let’s not lose yet another part of Tacoma’s history as we lost the Luzon.

April 11 2014 Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once... Going Twice...

I like the moon in the north,  just over Brown’s Point.

April 10 2014 Calling All History Enthusiasts

Congratulations to Walk Tacoma on their Stadium District tour. Got a day without rain! It was well organized, and informative.

One suggestion.  A more leisurely pace would be appreciated. It was a bit brisk for some of us. I saw one lady trip and fall.

I’m looking forward to attending future tours.

April 10 2014 Sponsor Your Own Walking Wednesday

Since when were taco trucks considered A) exotic and B) healthy?  Did I wake up today in North Dakota in the 1950s or something?

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Why did this come into my head when I read your comment?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EAk5CA53Bc

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Wow, the park wants healthy alternatives. I can hardly wait. Just imagine the joy of going to the park and enjoying some savory asparagus and rutabagas. Makes my mouth water. Those liberal bureaucrats sure know how to make for a pleasant experience.

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Best Thing About Goats: Goat Cheese Pizza!

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

Tacoma Goats Twitter application?  See where the city goats are today!  Which vacant lot?  Along I-705?  West of UWT?  Along I-5?  Tacoma Avenue?  Ruston Way hillside?  Come to Tacoma and see them! 

All the foot traffic of the Convention Center, at 1/3000 of the price!

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

They also do this annually during the summer term at PLU.  It is definitely an effective way to clear a lot.  Excited to see what develops with this project.

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

And who has a land line (POTS - plain old telephone system)? Even my mother in her 90s has VOIP, no more land line.

The city has already gotten into trouble (under former manager Anderson) over trying to raid money from Tacoma Public Utilities (which serve more than Tacoma). That direction opens up large liabilities.

April 08 2014 Ring, Ring... It's the City Calling...

Place the lien and annex the building!
Now
How many years is it going to take ?

April 08 2014 Old City Hall Owners Agree to Fix Roof

I would buy a taco on the waterfront. From a good taco truck.

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Sorry about that. It should work now. Also : http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/file_viewer.php?id=13613

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

NO SOMBRERO, NO KIMONO, NO SERVICE

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Sooner or later we were going to go there so let’s just go there and get it over with.  I predict the entire experiment will be an abysmal failure unless healthy options are one component of a concession.  Take away the popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream,  and such I predict that people will stay away in droves!  I’m all for giving people healthier options when they want them, but we are not the Food Police and a popular treat once in a while is not unhealthy.

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

the vendor application link doesn’t work?

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Once upon a time, a kid could look forward to travelling to Pt. Defiance Park. The concession stands sold peanuts, popcorn, soda pop—and maybe it a just a faint yet twisted memory, the menu also included hot dogs and cotton candy.

Whatever, that was then, and this is now. Cosmopolitan Tacoma get ready for tacos and teriyaki skewers and sticky rice.

Metro Parks, I raise my cup of bubble tea to you, along with a one finger salute.

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

They just need to support the food cart initiatives the City is supporting.  Which so far is TACOS!

It also makes no sense to limit their menus to healthy options or competiting items.  I mean come on, the food at Owen Beach isn’t exactly healthy; nachos, ice cream, hotdogs, and all.  Why would you force a private vendor do operate differently?

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Hey, don’t blame me for not understanding the issue.

April 08 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Maybe they can use the land behind Lincoln High School next to Lincoln Park where the drug addicts hang out.  Great views, easy access, big space less drug addicts.

April 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 8, 2014

This is the modern day version of all those pictures in Tacoma archives where people are standing around, cutting ribbons, for the wrecking ball to start work on decimating half of Pacific Avenue so it can be replaced by Park Place North & South.  Just look at how the crowd cheered as they lost another gigantic opportunity!

April 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 8, 2014

I reiterate everything I said about the Pierce County Consolidation site in the comments section here:  http://exit133.com/articles/view/proposal-would-relocate-pierce-county-offices-to-old-puget-sound-hospital-s#.U0QtPNx7HTQ

County Consolidation at the old hospital site is a fantastic spreadsheet solution… but it isn’t a leadership one.  What about all the lost impact that could have been downtown if it were built there?  What about the easy transit from Hilltop that’s going into effect? 

April 08 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 8, 2014

“I can’t say I have ridden on every bus route in the city to make a determination to know the reality of whether it is hard or not to get groceries.  But it shouldn’t be controversial to identify those locations, make sure we provide service where it is needed, and make the world suck a little less.”

If there is a correlation between bus riding and scarcity of food, I’d like to hear about it.

As far as Walk Score’s link and contribution to the real estate industry, a sophisticated

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?
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Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Tonga November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Transportation Forum: Transportation Is a Life Determinant October 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - India October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Try Transit Month 2014 October 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
The Race and Pedagogy 2014 National Conference September 25, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Bike to Work Week 2014 September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014 September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Transportation Forum: Public Space & Parklet Pecha Kucha September 12, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Korea September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk to Work & Win 2014 September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Scavenger Hunt August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - China August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Family Walk July 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Vietnam July 5, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
What’s Cooking June 21, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
9th Annual Wheels to Meals June 21, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
VeloFemmes Anniversary Block Party June 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma Day - Public Art Walk June 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm Edit
WSDOT open house about I-5 – JBLM Area Corridor – Planning Study June 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Thailand June 7, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
2nd Annual WSHS Poker Run Benefiting the Field Trip Transportation Fund June 7, 2014 at 9:30 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Tacoma’s First Neighborhood June 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
2014 Pacific Northwest-China Trade & Investment Summit June 4, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Play to Learn June 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Peninsula Metric 2014 or Gran Fondo June 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Island Excursion Finale: Family Ride to Anderson Island May 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm Edit
DOTG Bike Commuter Meet-Up and Pub Crawl May 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Free booktalk and signing Clair Gebben, author of The Last of the Blacksmiths: A Novel May 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
TRH Pint Pedaler: A Bike Map to Tacoma’s Craft Breweries May 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Biking Basics - WTF Night May 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Claude Bourbon, Medieval and Spanish blues guitarist May 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
South Sound Chapter of CHADD (Children & Adults with Hyperactivity Disorder) May 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Talk Tacoma - UWT, Brewery District, Prairie Line Trail May 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm Edit
Bike to a Better Tacoma May 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Queen Victoria’s Birthday May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Kidical Mass Family Ride for Parents and Kids May 17, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
Rain Garden How-To & City Incentives Program May 17, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Bike to Work Day: Brake Breaks May 16, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Free booktalk and signing Jason Padgett, author of Struck by Genius How a Brain Injury Made Me a M May 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Tacoma CycloFemme 2014 May 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Puget Sound Starts Here Family Fun Day May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tweed Ride May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
2014 Maritime Security Summit May 8, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Pops on the Lawn! May 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma - Architecture Walk May 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Bike to School Day May 7, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
20th Annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour May 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
James Manuele, classical guitarist May 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
20th Annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Samoa May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Bike Swap May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Pray for Sun Party May 3, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Charles Wright Academy Spring Visit Days May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Blessing of the Bikes May 2, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Right Plant for the Right Place Workshop May 2, 2014 at 6:30 am Edit
Voluntary Focus Group: Human Services Strategic Plan Update May 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Bike to Market Day May 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
253 Collective celebrates Bicycle Month May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Brake Breaks May 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Bike Month Commuter Challenge May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Voluntary Focus Group: Human Services Strategic Plan Update April 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Walk to Work with Downtown On the Go! April 30, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Voluntary Focus Group: Human Services Strategic Plan Update April 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Hilltop Subarea Plan Public Hearing April 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike to a Business - Savor Tacoma Creperie April 29, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Landscape Design Made Easy Workshop April 28, 2014 at 6:30 am Edit
How to Find a Bike You Love April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Parkway Barleywine Brunch April 27, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Wayzgoose! Letterpress & Book Arts Extravaganza April 27, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Mopars Unlimited Vetereans Poker Run April 27, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Understanding Credit Reports April 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Parkway Barleywine Fest 2014 April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Free Saturday 5k - April 26, 2014 April 26, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
A Place at the Table Film Screening presented by the Junior League of Tacoma April 26, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Congressional Roundtable with Derek Kilmer April 25, 2014 at 11:30 am Edit
Dining Out for Life Special Beer Pairing Dinner April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
Reforming Tacoma’s City Charter: A Panel Discussion April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Thursday Beer Run - Running On Tap April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
WTF Night Potluck April 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Friends of the Prairie Line Trail Organizational Meeting April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Lincoln High School Plant Sale April 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Dining Out for Life 2014 April 24, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
30 Days of Biking April 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Defending America’s Freedom: It’s Everybody’s Job! Propaganda Posters of World War I March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit