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Maybe the minimum wage should be higher than $15/hour. Just think of the types of businesses it would dissuade from locating in Tacoma, and the types where such a minimum wage isn’t an issue because they only need skilled labor that is paid much higher. I, for one, can do with fewer nail salons. With an even higher minimum wage you get rid of those low skill jobs and, eventually, you get rid of the low-skill workers. Get the surrounding communities to impose a higher minimum wage, too, and

July 06 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Remember folks, pizza oven accidents. Happen.

July 06 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Picture a convicted felon working at your favorite Tacoma business. The Department of Corrections has finished processing him, so now he’s ready to serve our community. An extreme resource? Tacoma, you decide later. But right now employers can hire a processed felon and get a 40% tax break.

 

July 06 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

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July 05 2015 Puyallup man charged for 100,000 child porn images

Is this a joke?   I do agree that $15 is probably too high for a city like Tacoma,  but please stop making your point so ineffectively.

It’s a political cartoon pointing out how insane and ridiculous the arguments against 15 now are. 15 now is a good thing and every argument we’ve heard presented against it is a hot fucking garbage appeal to emotion or some other ridiculous stereotype of an argument. The owner of the Cloverleaf is a complete moron who is threatening to leave tacoma like

July 04 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Jokes!  We love jokes.

Infographic that opposes raising the minimum wage, made by people who support raising the minimum wage to make people who oppose raising the minimum wage look bad, but made subtly enough that it’s not exactly clear at first which side of the issue they’re really on.

I support sarcasm in my politics.  I also support clarity in my infographics.  Turns out this post only has one of those things.

July 02 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

I’ve pass by there maybe once a week, hoping it will soon open…I’m so excited to have good Thai right in the neighborhood.  And what an interesting flair…Thai Street Food.  Can’t wait for this Friday July 3rd, for the grand opening!!

July 02 2015 Opening in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood later this year: Indo Asian Street Eatery

Graphs and charts are good.
T-Town versus Seattle
Good picture RR

A haiku poem expressing my feelings for this picture.

July 01 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

“Let’s find a logo that makes sexual inuendo for Tacoma”

It’s hard… If that’s what you want to do.

July 01 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

Is this a joke?  I do agree that $15 is probably too high for a city like Tacoma,  but please stop making your point so ineffectively.

July 01 2015 Guest Article: Know15.com Direct to $15 is too EXTREME!

(I didn’t know those people)

My suspicions are that if your claims to have funded what you claim are not bullshit too, that the source of funds were not legitimate. 

“I was mowing the lawns of well to do people and they payed very well”  -  The “well to do” do not remain “well to do” by paying four times the national average wage for a fifteen-year old to mow their lawn.  Period.  End of story.  They also do not become “well to do” by being stupid. 

You are full of crap. 

National

June 30 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

National Average Wage Index - Social Security

Year Index
1979   $11,479.46

June 30 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Liar

June 30 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

You have this all wrong.  For me, I really don’t see this issue as an issue of equity or superiority or entitlement.  I see this as an issue of the greater good. 

If $15hr happens overnight, what happens next? Do you see any businesses with storefronts in the downtown core that could handle an almost 60% wage increase?  Take a walk around town.  Who can sustain this and who can’t?  I would imagine that you can kiss many many many small locally owned businesses goodbye.  An immediate 60% jump

June 30 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

At the time I never worked for the middle class (I didn’t know those people).
This is why I was able to have numerous vintage 1960’s electric guitars,HP programmable calculators (like the HP-65,67 and 41c) and microcomputers like the MITS Altair along with numerous electronic projects and other hobbies back then in the 1970’s.
Yes I realized was making more than many adults (just working part time on my own as a teenager) and was very fortunate.

June 29 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

I am all for raising the minimum wage. My reasons are simple. One, minimum wage hasn’t risen appropriate to inflation. Period. There hasn’t been a raise in min. wage for years and years that would be considered appropriate to live on. Yet we have people whining and complaining that “it’s too much.. whaaaa”  - WHO ARE YOU people? Chances are you have Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees and are making in the mid $50s-60s…. So WHY are you concerned that someone wants doesn’t have a B.S. degree and can

June 29 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Wow.. and that was the 70s?!! 
My dad, with his Masters degree was making $11,400/yr as a High School teacher… and being in the greens’ industry for 18 yrs, I NEVER made more than $18/hr EVER. (and that was with an A.S. in Horticulture/Cert in Management/WA Pesticide Operator AND Certified Landscape Professional)  - Where did you get $20/hr when a typical retail establishment was paying $3.35/hr mimimum wage in 1982? Hmmmm Sounds like a little wishful thinking.. lol

June 29 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Supurb work again !

June 28 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

When I was at the age of 15 back in the early 1970’s I was making around $20 per hour mowing lawns.
Of course I was lucky in that I was mowing the lawns of well to do people and they payed very well plus the lawn mower was theirs and they payed for the gasoline too.That was over 40 years ago though.

June 28 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

here you go! http://comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/tacomic-know15com-tacoma-pierce-county-chamber-commerce-campaign/

June 24 2015 Let's Try Something A Little Different

does this help? http://comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/tacomic-know15com-tacoma-pierce-county-chamber-commerce-campaign/

June 24 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Is Click! a publicly-subsidized entitlement best left to the private market that (outsiders must recall) earlier big-tech investors ignored, compelling TPU to build the system or is Click! a vital public resource controlled by a public authority with options to pursue worthwhile social goals to uplift the city and possibly ultimately its economy without constant concern for meeting quarterly profits for shareholders who might have no ties to the community?  Sure, the financial losses at Click!

June 18 2015 Municipal Broadband Lessons

It would seem the simple answer to all of this is for folks in the Click service area to ditch Comcast & other multi-nationals & move over to LOWER-priced, LOCALLY-owned & LOCALLY-staffed Click & its LOCALLY-owned ISPs.  I did & wonder why I didn’t a LONG LONG time ago.  My bill is about a third of the price & the same amount EVERY month.  It never doubles or even triples unannounced as it did under Comcast. 

So, in review, Click-In, Comcast-Out!  Problem solved!

June 18 2015 Municipal Broadband Lessons

I wish that I could have said some things at the hearing that would have had an impact. The review mentions a fair bit of back and forth between the council, theer was. However it was one side and the questions asked by the city were skewed not in my favor. I think that is just the nature of the position the council is in while acting in their capacity as a board of equalization. I have no animosity towards anyone, the council, Mr Rodriguez, or the hearings examiner. I also knew the likelyhood

June 18 2015 Tacoma City Council Meeting - June 16, 2015

I did, unfortunately the Hearings Examiner relied heavily on an appraisal that many appraisers have told me is illegal.  Right now I’m so underwater on my property that one real consideration is to let it go back to the bank.  The total amount of my assessment is $37k, which is substantially more than I make in a year. I was able to get part of the LID thrown out as the city could not show that I benefited from the Lighting that was installed and 80 feet from my property, and the light that

June 17 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 16, 2015

Looking at aerial photos it appears to me as though improvement wthat was done would disproportionaally benefit the owners of one single property that is has recently been developed.  You need to speak to an attorney.  There are specific laws covering which properties can be compelled to join an LID.

June 17 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 16, 2015

Thanks Dean! Can you clarify what is unique about the Narrowmoor neighborhood that merits preserving it in it’s current state? I’m curious what makes it substantially different from other Tacoma Neighborhoods or special in nature that wood deserve city protections? How will this benefit the city of Tacoma residents? What is the special character you are seeking to preserve?

June 16 2015 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

Well we lost, I feel nothing but regret.

June 16 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 16, 2015

As an ex-Portlander, I am used to Gustav’s Pub.  They’re famous for their fondue.  Didn’t think about it not being German…  Huh… Next time you’re in Portland, give it a try!

http://gustavs.net/food-drink

June 16 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

CenturyLink will buy Click!  How do I know?  Marty Campbell is already answering questions about service:

http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7eYD/centurylink-eat-a-cookie

June 16 2015 Municipal Broadband Lessons

That’s my appeal at the end, I hope that we will win because the alternative is the possibility of us losing our home.

June 16 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 16, 2015

This is not true. He not only did not allow some commentary, he actually made up commentary.

He is the epitome of an addict. Take away the substance and all you have left is nothing. He was a nobody, just a trouble maker. Apparently not that many people knew him. I had the misfortune of being in a room alone with him once. He was pathetic. He never had his own apartment. He just surfed from one woman’s couch to the next.

June 15 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

What you drew is disgusting, RR.

June 15 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

Hathaway was a horrible man. He hit and killed a little girl while driving drunk when he was 18. His daughter had not talked to him in years. He was very abusive. He befriended a woman with late-stage cancer and pilfered her every last dime. He met this woman at Stanley and Seaforts where he was later banned from entering. You can look up the case by his name. He managed to get her to sign over her estate to him. Her sister tried to protect her, but he just kept pilfering.

Perhaps it is Paul

June 15 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

Because fondue isn’t German.

June 15 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

The library at Grinnell College has several floors; the higher you go, the quieter you are supposed to be, which allows for various types of learning to take place.  The lower floors have tables and spaces that allow for groups to work together on projects, various nooks and crannies for people to study and read, and every seating area has swivel lamps so people can adjust the lighting to their tastes.
Quiet areas are needed, yes; but so are areas whee noise is allowed.

June 15 2015 Asking For More From a New McCarver Elementary School Library

Funny you should mention The ALF.  Once again, in Lindquist, an ALF Senior Fellow is a principal when scandal raises its head in Tacoma/Pierce. 

Hey, if you want to defend The ALF you can start by pointing out which of the many scandals do not have direct connections to ALF Senior Fellows.  I have pointed that out to you and other FLF defenders frequently, but so far you have not been able to come up with a single example.

June 14 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

How about name that German Bavarian Beer Hall the Hofbrauhauskeller and hold Nationalist Geman Political debates there.
Just kidding.

June 12 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

John allowed free and open debate on his blog, something that cannot be said of many other forums.  And it was not just the Brame scandal he broke, there were many, many more.

June 12 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

No fondue and bread on the menu?  Nothin gets me off my butt like a bowl of cheese.  Why no fondue??

June 12 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

Hope the Rhein Haus can channel some of the charm of the classic Bavarian Restaurant once located at the corner of Division and No.  K. but now demolished and replaced by medical offices.  Countless high school students in past decades who studied German likely dined there.  Let there at least be some good German-style wieners and red cabbage on the menu at the new Rhein Haus—and maybe a few strong drinks, too to go with the beer.  The Rhein Haus will be new to Tacoma but recalling aspects of

June 12 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

I am going to miss the laugh-out-loud conspiracy theories, the contrarians, and crack-pots on his website.  All we have now is The News Tribune comments section for that… and they say nothing about ALF…

Thanks for the show, John.

June 12 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

my tribute to JH aka New Takhoman http://comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/tacomic-new-takhoman-lives/

June 11 2015 John Hathaway, Self-Appointed Gadfly of Tacoma, Dead at 69

Dear Task Force,

    I would recommend that you support the 15 Now Initiative. The workers in this city deserve a real wage that will afford them goods and services. Their extra spending power will help the overall economy. Trickle down economics is a disaster and too many people have lived on too little for too long. Please support a $15 an hour minimum wage so we can have a fair and stronger economy that works for all of us.

Robert Osborn

June 11 2015 Dedicated Email Address Established for Public Comment to Minimum Wage Task Force

The menu looks amazing, although I consider Bock to be “The King Of Beers” over a Pils any day.

I’ll be there for spaetzle and pretzels for sure.

June 11 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

You might do yourself a favor and actually READ THE ARTICLE before you start whining about “more beer and burgers.”
Your comment is the ONLY mention of burgers I can find. The article is about a German Restaurant that makes their own sausages and beers. I’ll be there with bells on!

June 11 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

pull up their menu.  It’s not burgers…it’s authentic great looking interesting German food. (i think they do have 1 burger on their menu)  RE: pilner/lager - all Pilsners are lagers but all lagers are not pilsners.  There are a host of delicious lagers that are not pilsners.  I’m looking forward to this place opening.

June 10 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

I didn’t see anything in the article about burgers, so I don’t know where issue that is coming from. The foods mentioned are German, not American; we’ll see how they do. I am *seriously* hoping for some actual German food, but we’ll have to see. Maybe they’ll have some quality German beers on tap, too.

June 10 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

Right. more beer and burgers. Some two cents: It would be great if we (Tacoma, Tacomans) could start to recruit some talented Seattle chefs to bring more innovative culinary offerings to town.  Then perhaps some restaurants could be owned by local entrepreneurs (instead of Seattle restaurant groups), while filling the gap in the market for consistently fresh and awesome food.

June 10 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

I appreciate the hard work to transform an ugly area to something of beauty.  Even if it’s for the golfers, we will continue to appreciate it after the U.S. Open is over.

We often see neglected areas throughout Tacoma that need attention—I’m glad that this spot is no longer one of them! I just hope that this recent makeover will continue to receive attention and not fall into disarray.

June 10 2015 Luzon Park?

A pilsner *is* a lager.

June 09 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

Armory on Tacoma Ave.

June 09 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

Are there any requirements in the law for employee skills to earn the $15 per hour?

June 09 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Well, let’s just say that more competition will be a good for the restaurant-goer.

June 09 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

Oops, good catch. Fixed.

June 09 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

So 41% of the signatures supporting were found to be invalid? I sincerely hope that a greater level of care and precision went into the feasibility study and economic analysis the $15Now people undertook to come up with their proposal than they put into the initiative process.

{/sarcasm}

 

 

June 09 2015 $15 Minimum Wage Will Appear on November Ballots in Tacoma

Now it’ll just be hard to decide which of the two great restaurants I’ll eat at on that block… Rosewood has the best french dip I’ve ever had ever… and now a Chow Foods restaurant too?  Nice to have tough decisions!

June 09 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

Got a typo in there—it’s the “5 Spot” on Queen Anne, not “Sot”  ;)

June 09 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

Hopefully better than the Rosewood, which is overpriced and the food sucks.

June 09 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

I think it’s great that private money is being spent in Tacoma, but do we really need more beer and burgers.  I wish them luck and thank them for coming to Tacoma, but it would be great to have more variety.

June 09 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

the dome?

June 09 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

A Tacoma Special Olympics no-profit corporation needs a large, high ceiling space for practice and athletic games for around 160 participants. Shared space is OK, and low cost is essential. Any ideas?

June 09 2015 German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District

Can’t wait!!  The owners other restaurants are great so I’m sure it will be a good one!!!
Proctor developments encouraging new business?  Tacoma seems to be getting better and better year after year!!

June 08 2015 Restaurant Coming to 26th & Alder

But how do you feel about pavement restoration?

June 08 2015 Comment on ST-3 Transit Investment Priorities

“Improvements to Sound Transit in Tacoma will do absolutely no good until the voters of Pierce County decide to start support LOCAL transit routes to get people to the regional system.”

Yea, Tacoma does not manage the public transportation providers who operate services that Tacoma taxpayers pay for and are operated in the City.  The City also does not manage it’s arterial and collector network either.  In a word transportation planning, programming and engineering in Tacoma is one big sick

June 08 2015 Comment on ST-3 Transit Investment Priorities

Improvements to Sound Transit in Tacoma will do absolutely no good until the voters of Pierce County decide to start support LOCAL transit routes to get people to the regional system.  Pierce Transit has become, in my opinion, completely useless.  Most of the routes in TACOMA are every HOUR, even during morning and evening peak commute times.  Try coordinating a transfer between one of the reverse-direction Sounder trains and a local bus route to get to an office located outside of downtown

June 08 2015 Comment on ST-3 Transit Investment Priorities

Pierce County definitely needs to represent in the this survey.  Sounder, light rail to Tacoma, light rail/streetcar in Tacoma, and express buses all deserve more support.

In terms of other projects that should be under consideration, how about tightening HOV rules on I-5 to ensure that ST express buses don’t get stuck in traffic so frequently?  This problem is making the 594 less pleasant than it used to be, along with overcrowding.

June 05 2015 Comment on ST-3 Transit Investment Priorities

I saw some really deep potholes on S Alder near 54th that if filled with sand or water will make nice bunkers.

June 05 2015 Pop-Up Mini-Golf Course Coming to Downtown Tacoma

The Tacoma Country and Golf Club and Washington State History Museum, which named its Mount Tahoma Auditorium in tribute to the City of Tacoma’s financial outlay to buy the museum site from Burlington Northern/Santa Fe for the institution, should partner together during the U.S. Open to display artifacts and materials related to the founding the venerable now-Lakewood golf institution in the fields of South Tacoma in the 1894, one year before a similar golf course open in Seattle.  Scotsman

June 05 2015 Pop-Up Mini-Golf Course Coming to Downtown Tacoma

Awe shucks…  ;)

June 03 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Given our strong industrial past, maybe we should be thinking of something like Seattle’s ‘Hammering Man’ sculpture outside of SAM, as something that would reflect our gritty down to earth past, or, maybe another, but possibly larger NW Native American piece like the wonderful ‘Welcoming Woman’ carved pole on the knoll behind Tollifson Plaza?

June 02 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Link takes you to the details for the Liquid Natural Gas facility:

https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/planning_and_development_services/planning_services/pse_proposed_tideflats_lng_facility

The objectives of the Tacoma LNG project are to meet PSE customers’ gas demands and to provide a cleaner-burning fuel that meets or exceeds applicable regional, state and federal air standards. The Tacoma LNG Facility is proposed for a 33-acre site on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula in

June 02 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of June 2, 2015

Jesse,
Great idea!

June 02 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

We could imagine that Old City Hall is a social good—that it offers something constructive to the spiritual well-being of Tacoma—it makes life worth living. Likewise, we could imagine that Old City Hall is an economic good—that it offers something constructive to the sustenance of old values and new horizons—and in real life, people pay money for those promises.

But history shows, that in real life, in secularist terms, Old City Hall is a market failure. In a competitive environment, OCH is

June 02 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Only city government cares enough to buy Old Tacoma City Hall because only city government has ambitions to revitalize the city.  Too often, despite pretenses that Tacoma is a viable business address alternative to more costly Seattle, commercial leaders in King County and around the nation often perceive the city as a shabby Puget Sound suburb rathan than a vibrant destination.  Sure, some new construction has reversed decades of malaise in the urban core.  Indeed, the pending restoration of

June 01 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Of the three clock concepts, I choose the Ghost Clock. I think it’s a splendid combination of tradition and innovation.

I’ve been following the writings in popular science magazines regarding the post World War II evolution of hologram technology.

A hologram “Ghost Clock” projected beside the Amtrak Station would likely receive worldwide praise.

June 01 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

So the question is something like, “Should we all just wish and hope that this curiosity will somehow attract the right benefactor at the right time?”

Isn’t it closer to the truth that rational minds would confront the challenge, would plan, would seek out the best possible steward to restore and maintain this artifact, if it has now, or if it has ever had any value?

But value is not a statement of material fact. This Old City Hall, abandoned for over fifty years, does not have a value,

May 31 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Wrong building, the coffee roasters actually moved in further on M St. towards 39th.

May 30 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

There are already a lot of clock towers in town and to make any of these three designs really pop, they’d need scads more money.  I say put a cool clock inside the waiting area and use the excess money that would have been used on the tower for a really cool retro neon sign outside the building.  Perhaps just for Amtrak or a redux of the Freighthouse Square sign with “Amtrak and Sounder at Freighthouse Square.”  I don’t know, as far as signage, there are a lot more creative people than me but I

May 30 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Fiddling while Rome burns, just keep the bread and circuses coming and the frogs still won’t notice that the heat is getting close to critical until they are cooked

May 30 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Tacoma has forfeit any claim to responsible stewardship of the public treasury.  The analogy of buying a new flat screen while still living under the blue tarp that has been on your roof for the last three years is especially apt here.

May 30 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

This won’t be a popular opinion, but here goes.
I think it’s ridiculous for a city that can’t afford to fill potholes to waste millions on maudlin sentimentality. Yes the building is pretty. Yes, it’s historical. It’s also leaking and full of mold and damage from years of neglect and it’s a death-trap in the event of an earthquake. Before any use, the entire building will have to be gutted and restored to usefulness as well as being brought up to code and seismically retrofit to whatever

May 30 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Remodeling? They tore the thing down and good riddance!

May 30 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Whoops.  I did not mean to hot link that picture.

May 30 2015 A New Brewery for Tacoma

“The storefront was previously occupied by Shanghai House, a Chinese restaurant, and Tacoma Cross, a medicinal marijuana shop.”

When did Jason Mewes start working in the city’s economic development department?

May 30 2015 A New Brewery for Tacoma

Is anyone aware that this coffee roaster is remodeling a huge old mechanic garage across the street from Safeway on M St. off of S. 38 Th This is huge for the Lincoln District. 

http://www.endicottcoffee.com/contact/

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

There are a lot of “big” beer people in Tacoma.

May 29 2015 A New Brewery for Tacoma

Old City Hall is the icon for Tacoma what the Space Needle is for Seattle. Forget the losses the 1890s business blocks along Pacific Avenue replaced with parking lots and non-descript parking structures.  Treasure that is Old City Hall endures in original form, a building designed originally to serve as the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce headquarters by Charles B. Wright’s western headquarters for the Northern Pacific Railroad at 621 Pacific Ave.  There is nothing else like it, even in Port

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

If there are no buyers on the horizon and the last known offer was in the neighborhood of 1.5 million. It seems that the property is clearly overpriced. Why should the city pay the asking price? I am for the acquisition but I question the price.

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Yes.  A no-brainer.  Towns far far smaller & far more conservative than Tacoma do this all the time to save their cultural heritage.  OCH could end up being a major hub for economic development, and/or house a City or County division(s).

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

yes we should

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Awesome news! 

Getting a private investor to maintain and restore the clock tower, when the ROI isn’t there, would not happen unless it happened to be an expensive boutique hotel or something else having the clock tower as it’s marketing identifier.  A municipality was needed here and I’m so happy to see the City step in. 

I would personally love to see the building used as a hybrid office building for the City and County Councils.  Take all the top-brass decision makers and put their

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Yes!!

May 29 2015 City of Tacoma to Buy Old City Hall?

Its beauty is worse than its bark.

May 29 2015 Luzon Park?

Once took Amtrak from Santa Barbara to Tacoma. 10+ hours late. Why? Freight traffic has priority.

A sundial would be more appropriate.

Kidding aside, now is the time to ask for contemporary artist input a la Tacoma Dome roof 35 years ago. A 90 foot tall canvas to work with? How cool is that? It could be whimsical, it could be colorful, it could be historic, it could be kinetic, it could be just about anything.

Or maybe a tall, multi-sided LED canvas. Off the shelf panels are more affordable

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

I agree.. the thing that makes a pocket park great is the density surrounding it and forming the “pocket.” A pocket park next to a parking lot is just sad.

May 28 2015 Luzon Park?

Sorta why the ghost design is the only one that makes sense in context of the rest of the structure.

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Add some magic to the ghost clock by having neon tubing inside the structure—tubes that change color per a computer program and that tastefully attract attention, illuminating the metal structure in silouette.  Red neon tubes by artist Stephen Antonakos crown the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s front facade while there seems to now be appreciation that same artist’s once-controversial Neons for the Tacoma Dome.  The clockower is meant to serve as a locator beacon for Amtrak in Tacoma; a neon sign

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Hmm I’m not a big fan of any of these designs without something more.  I know this part of the project is on a shoestring budget but is there anything that can be similarly incorporated as far as a marquee or name of the station that could appear on said clocktower?  I look to the Portland Union Station and while I don’t expect brick and mortar, the signage is nice and creates a functional awareness of the location.  Maybe something similar on the Trestle design?

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower

Why so tall? Will anyone be able to read the time that far up. I don’t like any of them.

May 28 2015 Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower
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Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! November 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Audra McDonald October 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturdays October 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Lewis Black: The Rant is Due: Part Deux September 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
QUEEN - It’s a Kinda Magic September 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
All About Steam Weekend September 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Pioneer Days Festival September 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
All About Steam Weekend September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
South Sound END AIDS Walk September 12, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Kimchi Dishes September 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Sunday Parkways: Downtown to Defiance 2015 September 11, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
NW Cannabis Classic August 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Parkway IPA Fest 2015 August 29, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Bike Train: McKinley Hill to the Top of Tacoma August 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Walking Tour - Tacoma Springs to Life August 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin August 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Mobile Food Fest August 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturdays August 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin August 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tacoma’s Latin Arts Festival August 16, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: White Kimchi August 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin August 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Seacamp Session II August 10, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Janis Lives! A Live Music Celebration of Janis Joplin August 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
BREW FIVE THREE: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Music and Art in Wright Park August 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! August 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Scavenger Hunt August 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin August 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
American Sign Language for Beginners August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Seacamp Session I August 3, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Tacoma Bon Odori Festival August 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Rock and Rally for the Troops August 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Bon Odori Festival August 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Musical Playhouse Food Truck Festival August 1, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Courage Classic Bicycle Tour August 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin July 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival July 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Ethnic Fest July 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturdays July 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
SAILING LESSONS OFF OUR DOCK! July 25, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Dog-A-Thon July 25, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
The Parkway’s 80th Anniversary July 25, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Friday at the Fort July 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Wonder Woman Chronicles, Vol. 1 discussion at Destiny City Comics July 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Commuter Bike Train: Downtown to Ice Cream Social July 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm Edit
Food Truck Fest Will Tantalize Taste Buds July 19, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Kla Ha Ya Days River Run & Kids Dash July 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm Edit
Nuclear Weapons Retirement Party July 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm Edit
The Earth has music for those who Listen. July 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Maritime Fest 2015 July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Water Kimchi July 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
June ART BUS Tour July 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tacoma BLOGS! July 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Walking Tour - Tacoma’s First Main Street July 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin July 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma: Family Walk/ Museum Walk July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
World Trade Center Tacoma’s Annual Pacific Northwest – China Trade and Investment Summit July 14, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Art on the Ave July 12, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Paddle Board and Kayak Lessons July 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm Edit
LBD Anniversary Ride July 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival July 11, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
West Side Story July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Brian Regan July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Tacoma Pride/Out in the Park July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Summer Storytime at the Cabin July 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Apprentice Academy Summer Art Camps June 29, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
Meditation Hour - Every Monday Evening Starting January 1, 2015 January 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
2015: Year of the Bike January 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit