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What was the point of this ramble?  Some guy is going to be playing a show at a bar.

Also, exit133 seems to have stopped with any sort of news coverage.  Guess we’re left with only two news sources: corporate owned TNT, and facebook.

September 26 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

The growth has to go somewhere.  I’d prefer “up” to cutting down our beautiful Cascade forests.  Bill Virgin should move somewhere that has unlimited sprawl.  Maybe Los Angeles or Houston would suit him better.

September 14 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Is there something this blog would like to tell us?

August 30 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

Are the monkey shines just located in Tacoma, or are they in other cities?? I thought I saw someone grab one in Sumner today and I almost cried because it was right in front of my parents house!

August 28 2016 Monkeyshines 2016 - The Year of the Monkey

Atlas was a propane tank, where the nozzle wasn’t properly fitted to the tanker truck, leading to an explosion.  The truck driver died if I recall.  He was very close to retirement.  You allude to the main problem with LNG:

LNG is cryogenically frozen (-260 degrees) 600 times shrunk natural gas.  Incidents are most likely with hoses, fittings, & fueling operations.  If Tacoma’s urban center is to become the largest hybrid bunkering facility in the nation, which is what they are trying to

August 17 2016 City OKs New PSE LNG Facility

Good question for our City Council. Offering these incentives to build in areas where higher rents can be had by some at the expensive of displacing others may make sense to developers but not the citizen stakeholders. Real Estate agent Ryan Meacham is buying of properties to subdivide and put up crap high rent 4 plexes.  But heaven forbid if you say anything negative about anything the city planners have proposed you immediately get labeled as an affluent NIMBY that is afraid of change and

August 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

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August 09 2016 Gang Members Charged With 1988 Murder

Tacoma is going to change and grow, however blindly rallying behind the mantra of “Up Not Out” is not the answer.  Tacoma can still adhere to the guidelines in the GMA and not overbuild its historic neighborhoods.  The vast majority agree that new buildings are needed, the difference of opinion is where and how these buildings should be built.  Logically, the focus for growth of multifamily residence should be closest to existing transportation infrastructure and that is in the areas on the

August 07 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Who?

August 05 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

From the archives.  Here is a Tacomic of Daniel from 2007.

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

Here it is

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

Daniel had unparalleled dedication to the 253.

(img src=“http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2387/2468665128_0e57339d4e.jpg?v=0”>

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

Here is the thing about Diarrhea Blue, Everything he has done he STOLE from meee!! The 253 heart sticker was a direct rip off of my 425 heart sticker! His band MOTOPONY won against my band TACOMA COMMUNIST PARTY unfairly in battle of the bands because he seduced most of the judges with his new beard. He didn’t even gro a beard till he saw a picture of meee!! I tell you the system is rigged. RIGGED! and now Daniel Blue comes crawling back to jizbones with some rambling trump speech ? HUMBUG!

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

Humblebrag - nice word usage.

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

One can come and go, but Tacoma is always with you. Welcome home! Very glad to see something new on Exit 133 - thought this site had died.

August 04 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

“Dear visitors,

I’m playing a show in a few weeks. I’d like you to come see it!”

There, I kept the purpose of this post intact, while eliminating 99% of the length, and 100% of the humblebrag!

August 03 2016 Daniel Blue: A long overdue letter to Tacoma … and an invitation

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Understanding the importance of finding space for your belongings that may be very difficult, we have developed perfect solutions for your needs. The most trusted Interstate Moving and Storage Company with

July 31 2016 Advice on Moving to Tacoma

I always read all advice that people have discussed, but know for sure that my moving company http://smile-moving.com/wa/tacoma would do all hard work instead of me as they have years of experience. Does someone know whether they are still on the relocation market or no?

July 26 2016 Advice on Moving to Tacoma

Great article, totally agree.  Additionally, I think more centralization in key areas in Tacoma should increase vibrancy of restaurants, art, culture etc and further make the city more attractive to other young professionals.  As a recent arrival to Tacoma from SF, I’ve seen how too many restrictions on development only cause prices and traffic to increase faster.  Putting too many restrictions on supply when the real issue is demand only exacerbates the very problems people are looking to fix.

July 25 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Is this blog dead or just on vacation?

July 25 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

In case you don’t already know, you should be aware that the Tacoma area has a terrible public disturbance noise problem.  I am mainly referring to the following: 1) Loud subwoofer thumping noises that are blasted through walls and into homes by vehicles and can be heard for several blocks.  2) Loud exhaust noises from vehicles with mufflers removed or with loud “sport” mufflers.  3) Loud sound systems playing inside homes that can be heard inside homes that are many houses away.  4) Fireworks

July 24 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I figured as much. I was mostly joking.

July 13 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

There is no reason that any proposition put on the ballot could not be written in such a way as to capture Proctor Station and exempt other existing buildings if that were what the supporters think will pass.  In that case Mr Evans would have to factor the cost of mitigating damage he has done to long time Proctor residents and property owners into his future designs.  He and his partners already own properties or have purchased rights to other properties in Proctor and if this is not done they

July 13 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I don’t mean it in the definition of the National Socialist German Workers Party doctrine rather just literally as living space.
I like more space,more nature,balance and less humans in it

July 13 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I appreciate the thoughtful reply. You are dubious about my assertion that “Seattle high rises haven’t been effective in keeping rents affordable”. but I think it is a mistake to confuse “affordable” with “relatively cheaper”. I would agree that Seattle high rises (or mid rises) may have made rent “relatively cheaper” in that city. I think you are correct that a number of credible studies would be necessary for us to get a good indication of the degree to which development has affected rents. I

July 12 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Lebensraum was an ideological element of Nazism, which advocated Germany’s territorial expansion into Eastern Europe, justified by the need for agricultural land in order to maintain the town-and-country balance upon which depended the moral health of the German people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensraum

July 11 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

So would that mean all the vintage buildings built before such parking requirements were created would have to be torn-down if they had no way of accommodating parking?  And why force a landlord to provide parking for a resident who may not have a car?  I have no issue with mandatory minimums for new construction (which already exist), but it doesn’t seem the governments place to dictate who gets use of the stalls…perhaps some residents need none, but others need several.  What then?

July 11 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

It seems unfair to say the Seattle high rises haven’t been effective in keeping rents affordable without a credible study as to what rents might be without them ever having been built…that’s kind of like saying hybrid cars have been completely ineffective in helping to reduce global warming since they haven’t stopped it completely…I think it would be equally if not more credible to suggest perhaps Seattle isn’t building enough high-rises to keep rents from climbing so quickly.

July 11 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’m pretty sure the neighbors wouldn’t be too pleased with the idea of building less parking, nor would the nearby businesses that don’t want to lose business due to it being too hard to park in the area.  Also building size is often limited by parking requirements (code), so if you reduce those requirements you can expect even larger buildings with more units, not smaller garages.

July 11 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

You are insane.

July 10 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’ve been using the bike locker for a couple of weeks now. On three separate occasions transit police have stopped by to talk to me about the locker and see how I like it.  Well, I like it a lot.  It’s secure, has good racks, and lockers to leave bike gear in.  All three officers told me how frequently they get called down to the area because someone is *attempting* to steal a bike from the racks just outside the locker.  The whole area is monitored by camera and patrolled regularly. 

I have

July 09 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

I agree with JDHasty here.We need Lebensraum instead.
Who wants to live in a sardine can?

July 07 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Especially “less.”

July 07 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Proctor Station is more or less Cabrini Green West

July 06 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I think this is something the city should consider, and the illustration of a pretty, but fictional, Proctor Station at the top of the page is a good example of why. It’s a nice picture of a building with a facade composed almost entirely of brick and glass with clean lines, nice architectural touches, and airspace between the buildings over a pleasant pedestrian walkway. Of course, what we got was mostly siding deployed on an irregular facade to hide the lack of architectural detail. Siding

July 02 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

My ten year old just found this same monkey shine (or one almost exactly like it) on top of the plaque describing the statue outside of lowel elementary. An exciting july 1 find (2016) for an expat Canadian.

July 02 2016 The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

In my relatively small sphere of contacts and based on some of the Proctor Station meetings I attended it seemed that most everyone is not opposed to urbanization and densification.  What many complained about was the building height and bulk.  These buildings are architectural design issues.  What we don not have, but Seattle does, are individual Design Review Boards.  They seem to work pretty well.  Tacoma relies on one body, basically the planning Commission and the Tacoma Municipal Code. 

June 29 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

If Tacoma’s population is set to increase by about 40,000 people within the next two decades insidee the current city limits, increasing density is the only option.  In tandem with such growth, there will still likely be regular budget shortfalls to provide for adequate library and park services.  While it is true that salaries are the highest cost of such public services, perhaps city government and the park district will be open-minded to let, say, branch libraries be dangled to developers as

June 29 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

One of the biggest global issues is that the Earth can’t sustain a human population greater than 1.5 billion individuals.Yet we have through the Haber-Bosch process (ammonia) of producing synthetic fertilizers discovered in the early 20th century based upon petroleum, been able to feed a much larger population now at 7 billion humans worldwide.

The human population is expected to rise to over 10 billion by the mid 21st century and then due to resource depletion by around 2070 a catastrophic

June 29 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

How does the type of development proposed above, being built in a business district zoned to allow it, equate to shoving density down the throats of homeowners in single family neighborhoods?

The people are coming. Where would you propose we put them? What would you be willing to sacrifice to accomodate them? Because they’ll come despite your opposition. We’ll probably need to develop every available area that’s already zoned for it.

Finally, when the city proposed a new zoning scheme last

June 28 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Something to consider before more of this is shoved down our throat

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/why-dont-we-ask-single-family-neighborhoods-if-theyd-like-more-density/

June 28 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I think they have a full bar. But if you’re a craft beer lover (like me), their draft selection’s outstanding and entirely local!

June 24 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

The easiest and best parking solution would be a ballot referendum that mandates that if you are going to rent an apartment that YOU as land lord MUST include in the cost of that apartment one parking space for a a studio apartment and two parking spaces for anything larger. 

If the public can vote to impose mandatory minimum wage it can surely vote to place the burden of increased parking demand on those who are benefiting financially from renting apartments.

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Thank-you Terry. I am very concerned that the potential of the new EIS to streamline the planning process, no matter how well intended or planned, will be permitted to override the existing city code (section 13.09) for the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District. Talking with the planners, taking them to Oak Tree Park and well 7A, as well as attending the stakeholder’s meetings have diminished this concern - a little. I believe the final plan if followed will be revolutionary. Outside

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

We seem to be a “proving ground” for the remora urban consultants, planning experts, and densification methods competing in Seattle.

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Market forces and rising prices aside, I’d like to see Tacoma’s average household size rise toward 3 again. Tacoma should spend more money on schools than Seattle per capita. We should try to stay a family friendly town if possible. Being a White guy sitting in a 1,000 sq ft single-family house, I can’t speak for immigrants directly, but a bunch of them seem happy enough to live on my block. Tacoma has made it much easier for my to add on to this house and invite more family members to live

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’m fallowing the EIS pretty closely… and I like what I see. Super bike/walking network planned, so needed in a ‘hood with 7,000 plus mostly lower paying service jobs. Tacoma needs to spend the time and money to do this right. The stake holders committee or other interested parties should feel free to reach out to leaders in the Lincoln District or the Eastside for support. My last name is Wilmer, look me up if you have questions.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I think what Tacoma will do along with the Tacoma Housing Authority is bring in much more Section 8 housing subsidized units along with Ghetto rats and other human criminal vermin which will have affordable housing of course but the crime will become rampant in the future.
You will be O.K. (except for the expected Police response) as long as your armed and do like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man (1971) in protecting your property.

The only one that profits here are the NAZI $$ developers.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Project planning page:

http://www.tacomamallneighborhood.com/

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The EIS is already happening and well underway. I really do not care what happens in Proctor.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

If the city tied the B&O tax, creating tiers, to zoning or parking situations, you’d get more density.  That is; downtown with a negative B&O, inside business districts with lower B&O rate, single story malls with acres of parking with higher than current B&O. 
You want to build acres of parking and low density? You’re going to pay for it.  You want to own surface level parking lots downtown?  You’re going to pay through the nose for it.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Of course, transit in the Proctor District is nothing like Seattle’s either. Two circuitous and baffling routes that connect to downtown every 30 minutes, if you’re lucky. None of Seattle’s commercial districts have transit that crappy.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Lower-income is exactly why we need the mid-rises. Seattle’s outrageous housing prices are for the simple reason that there isn’t enough. We need lots and lots of mid-rises here so that prices stay low and we don’t repeat Seattle’s mistakes.

BTW, immigrants prefer tight-knit communities where they are actually close to their neighbors. 16000 SF single-family is not that.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’m not sure redeveloping Madison Heights, Madrona and Oakland would “save” Proctor. The reason Proctor is so good at attracting developers is the City spent lots of money over the years sprucing it up. The City has spent almost nothing on the South side of the freeway until the last couple of years.

I can’t see the City coming up with the money for EIS being planned for the Tacoma Mall subarea, but I’m hopeful. I’m afraid that the City Government is going to stop spending money in the

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The area of hyper development and gentrification west of the Mall is undergoing a major review and development planning process. The area EIS being developed includs wide-ranging efforts to develop personality, charm, and identity after those items were demolished and crushed when the neighborhood underwent the spasmodic higher density and developer frenzy of the first decade of this century. In the end I believe the plans will be in place for creating one of the greenest neighborhoods in

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

City government must incentivize grocery store landlords with large fields of asphalt-covered parking spaces in city neighborhoods to find ways to redevelop their buildings with underground parking, with retail and apartments several floors above.  Safeway on the Hilltop could be upgraded in such away, provided the parking area had adequate security.  Westgate South on No. Pearl Street at 21st could benefit from such a redevelopment that concentrates such housing, with mixed-income residences

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Well, that all depends on what you’re used to. Traffic in Proctor is worse than it was 5 years ago, but it’s nothing like Seattle. It’s got rising housing costs too, but nothing like Seattle. So for long term residents of Proctor this seems like a downgrade. To the Seattle/King County horde moving in, it’s an upgrade. Everybody can’t be 100% happy… Although Proctor is about as win-win as you can get.

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article84645037.html

Proctor District’s popularity causing parking headaches

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The authors are correct that increasing density is essential to effective growth management in Pierce County. It is the only way to create walkable neighborhoods and preserve outdoor space in the face of inevitable population growth. I applaud their dedication to these issues. However, the main theme of the TNT article is affordability - and the authors give that issue short shrift.

Regular people, earning median wages, need to be able to afford to live in Tacoma. Increasing mid and high-rise

June 19 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

It is all about creating a premium space.  The illusion of value.  Call it walkable, talk about amenities, and pretend that everyone wants to live without a lawn.  Label the people who want to own some outdoor space as unsustainable.

Point Ruston is the future!  Cool Jazz pumped through outdoor speakers for everyone.  This can be anywhere, this can be everywhere! 

Put development where traffic congestion is already bad.  Lure developers with tax breaks. Don’t plan for parking or road

June 19 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The scoops are on their way! The scoops are on their way!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9ec_1296901185

June 16 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Last I checked, Virgin lived in Renton.  That’s fine, but since he lost his biz column with the P-I and moved to the TNT, he’s never bothered to get a good feel for Tacoma.  If he had one, he might say that the Proctor development fits its neighborhood amazingly well, that Sixth is crying out for such development (the one at Alder should be great, but how about something at Division and Sprague?).  Counterintuitively, the proposal in the already dense Stadium District may most risk messing with

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Two pretty innovative elementary schools flank downtown ... the modernized McCarver Elementary with its International Baccalaureate program returns this September to 21st & J, and Bryant Montessori is at 7th & S. Grant.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I am going to add that when I grew up the population of the United States was around 160,000,000,One in five Americans had a motor vehicle and the number of motor vehicles in the United States was around 35 million.One could easily and safely ride a bicycle on Tacoma streets back then with little traffic.Today the population has doubled yet the number of motor vehicles has increased a disproportional 10 fold to around 350,000,000 motor vehicles.
There are motor vehicles for every

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’ll be a witness here and try to offer some advise.
I have a single family home in one of those growth areas.
In fact I live in it right now though I have a couple of homes in other areas.

The problem that I see with densifying these areas is that so far it is having no effect on reducing singly occupancy motor vehicle dependency that I have witnessed.

Let me tell you that I have a townhouse complex built next to my house across an alley.The units have a garage and a driveway sufficient for

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Great op-ed.  It hits many high points and is worthy of praise.  One thing I wish we could have done with Proctor Station though was cut back a little on the amount of parking that was slated for the project.  If you build too much parking into a project, most people will drive to access it.  It’s that simple.  If we can cut back on the amount of parking, those savings can be passed on to the residents and they will more likely choose other modes of travel, which have less impact on streets and

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Density.  You can go up, you can go out, or you can go thick.  Up and out are pretty obvious (and Pierce County has an ‘urban growth boundary’ that is further out from Downtown Tacoma then London’s!).  If you want to go thick (i.e. do not exceed 4-story structures), then the mixed-use centers need to double in size and take more of the single-family residential neighborhood that going up was to protect.  Virgin noted cities that are thick - but they also have limited single-family residential

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Bill Virgin didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I think his long term visions for growth are much better than the authors give him credit for. A few questions for Ms. Walker and Mr. Looper. Where is that award winning Elementary School downtown? You know, the one that young couples walk their children to? Or the grocery store? How could Downtown have a walkability score of 93 without those things? Downtown Tacoma is fun place to party, but it’s not all that family friendly.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Great article that points out what should be obvious.  The News Tribune hasn’t exactly been cranking out brainiac opinion articles lately.

 

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

great article. I hope that no one answers “no” to the question you posed and that Tacoma can continue to utilize its potential as a walkable city that values green space, people, and the future of our environment.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Don’ do it.

You could build it with the features of a maximum security prison at that location and I still wouldn’t leave a wooden nickel there overnight.  The “street people” flooding in from Seattle won’t even be slowed down by a flimsy little bike locker.

June 13 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Don’t worry,  I have no plans to use the “community” Center. I’m just worried about it attracting another gathering of tents and blue tarps along with the 300 cubic tons of trash which usually accompanies these darling “campers”

June 12 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

I’m glad there’s another option in the area for dining, but I was surprised when I visited that there are no bike racks.  All that nice, new, sidewalk and nowhere great to stash a bike.  I hope they plan on installing some.

June 11 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Will this be bum and junkie-proof? Looks like a lot of hiding places (the lookouts)

Joe, don’t worry they won’t deny you access to the Community Center.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Food access, teaching kitchens and Perma-culture, including a Farmer’s Market area, are all being evaluated as part of the plan.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

The Portland Ave Center is less than 8,000 sq feet

The new center will be 55,000+ sq feet, PLUS shared space in the school. ( gym, auditorium, kitchen, arts labs, and library) 

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

The community center is not being built on reservation land.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Yes, but what’s the drink selection like??

June 05 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Come on. Nobody misses the clip n’ clean. My dog never recovered from the trauma of the one time we took her there.
On a happier note… Cooks is fantastic! Had dinner there tonight. Can’t wait to go back.

June 05 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Will this be bum and junkie-proof? Looks like a lot of hiding places (the lookouts)

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

They also contribute drugs and gangs to the city (Native Bloods), The cause trouble with the police (protests and marches) when one of their darling members who was in and out of prison tries to kill a cop. They block key projects which would benefit all and possible save lives (earthquake-proof new I-5 Puyallup River bridge) unless they can extort enough money from the state. Want me to go on?

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Well,

Considering that the tribe contributes MILLIONS of dollars a year towards the growth of the city? I’m sure they’ll pony up .05

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

I know very little about urban planning.  It seems to me that there is a massive size differential between this project and Cabrini Green.

May 31 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Cmon. While I agree with you that Cabrini Green and projects similar to that were horrible examples of urban planning, the big problem with projects of that size was that they were all housing and there were absolutely no amenities like recreation or retail built with them. Residents had to go elsewhere to do anything but live in their unit. This building, Marc on 6th and Proctor Station are nothing like that. They are mixed use buildings(ground floor retail, and by the way the new and higher

May 29 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Just wondering about the status of this project. Do you have any updates?  Thanks!

May 25 2016 Apartments serving homeless veterans proposed for East Side Tacoma transit center

Great, but I’d rather have a safe (separated from traffic) bike route there.  I actually haven’t had issues using a regular old u-lock down there.

May 24 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

I know it’ll help me!  Without this storage I’d be putting my bike on the front of a bus everyday, just to lock it up when I get to Seattle.  That’s quite the hassle.

May 20 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Like Jesse said - the abatement staves off the onerous punishment (in the form of a tax) to the developer for improving the land.  You have a dirt lot - that’s a tax of $2,000/month….Oh…you are building on it….OK….Now your tax is $58,333 per month.  The “public benefit” is that we have a place where people can live instead of a dirt lot.  People who will buy beer in Tacoma.  That will cause even more breweries to open.  The people complaining about this need to get out in the sun a little bit. 

May 17 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The city will likely get the history wrong regarding the Prairie Line.  There will be noble intentions but mediocrity will likely be the result.  Look at the efforts to improve the usefulness of Tollefson Plaza, a creation of the city’s engineering department that is relatively sterile compared to vibrant Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.  The most significant spot where such shortcomings will likely be apparent is along the stretch of the Prairie Line just north of the Tacoma Art Museum. 

May 17 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016

Susan, I agree with you totally.  The math does not pencil out.  Unfortunately, we have a system of development here in our state where builders have plenty of rural vacant land, as Jesse points out.  Jesse is, unfortunately, right.  If Tacoma doesn’t give away tax breaks, this developer will build somewhere else.  That may be Lakewood, Federal Way, or Fife if one of those cities is willing to give a tax break.  Admittedly, the development would look a bit different in one of those locations. 

May 17 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the demographic that wishes they could live in Seattle, but can’t afford it, that’s me.  I want what Seattle offers, but can’t afford it.  What is the next best thing?  Well, I and my significant other both found jobs in Tacoma, and we aren’t alone.  We have lots of friends in the same boat.  Is it everything we wished for?  No, but it is good enough.  This is a good thing for the city, no?  We live nearby, work here, shop here, dine here.  Much of the attraction of Tacoma versus,

May 16 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This project would not be built without the transit and tax abatements.  The abatement is merely an eight year delay in paying taxes on the IMPROVED value of the property.  The taxes that are being paid on the lot, today, continue to be collected.  The alternative is that nothing is built there and for the next who-knows-how-many years there aren’t any increased taxes paid on this property other than it’s vacant lot rate.  This is called an investment - that will produce dividends over the long

May 15 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

We were curious just how much of a break the 8-year tax abatement might be - found the info in staff’s presentation to the Council earlier this week (see here starting around 12 minutes - http://cityoftacoma.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1921).

The property taxes being exempted include both city AND state taxes, which according to city staff total $700,000 *per year* for the Stadium project, of which $160,000 per year is the city’s portion of taxes.

So the State and City

May 14 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The 8 year abatement is only for encouraging development in general, desperately needed in Tacoma. There is a 12 year abatement that is offered for affordable housing to developers who offer 20% just like in Seattle. In fact, there are multiple developers who will be applying for that 12 year abatement on MLK over the next few years & bay terrace is working on finishing up he next phase of their affordable housing along 25th in the hillside/mccarver neighborhood west of hilltop. It’s not all

May 13 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Glad Pierce Transit wants to get with the times.  I’d like to see more frequent service, maybe with smaller, more fuel efficient buses on the less crowded routes at least. Also, PT should follow King County Metro’s lead (allow dogs on board at the discretion of the driver (and for a fee for a larger dog).  That has worked well in Seattle for decades. Maybe start with a pilot on the #11 to Pt. D.

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Why does our city give away more and more tax breaks to developers with out concessions?  (Other than campaign contributions…)

Why don’t the council, like Seattle’s, ask for affordable housing units in these buildings?

I sincerely doubt developers need it to be profitable or they wouldn’t build.  The region is running our of urban areas so the developers would have come here anyway.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Agree.

These apartments aren’t for Tacoma people.  They are for people who work and “play” somewhere else and just sleep here.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I agree with you that “Nice Newer” apartments are a different market than the “old crappy” rentals readily avaible now.

I disagree these developments will lower rents over time.  It hasn’t in Seattle, even with the building boom.  What these buildings do is trade one demographic (lower income born in Tacoma) for another (higher income from else where).  Two different markets with two different products.

Since rich people want to live by other rich people, you have a product (fancy apartment)

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Yep, and these development do seem to market to the “person who wishes they could live in Seattle but can’t afford it”.

And if they spend all their time commuting, how much do they contribute to the Tacoma community?

But to KLA253’s point, if they are going to give away tax money, we should get more concessions in terms of affordable housing.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Agree that this development seems like it will fit THIS district.  It has good freeway access and the light rail is coming.  It isn’t right in the middle of a residential area either.

What I don’t like about these developments is the buildings are big ugly behemoths.  They tend to be very boxy and monolithic.  They all look alike, and (minus the railing and tiny decks) could almost pass for the big public housing developments of the past.

I wish they was some architectural element that wasn’t

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments
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