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Freeloaders to continue to freeload and sponge indefinitely off the taxpaying citizens that live outside of the “Downtown Redevelopment District.” 

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article74562737.html

April 29 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Turn it into a temporary site for a soccer field.  Meanwhile, if the Port of Tacoma fails to adequately address drainage problems at that site after heavy rainfalls, watch out that the site might soon be categorized as a wetlands for frogs and Canada geese by the federal government and be deemed unavailable for any kind of development.  Seriously, turn it into a soccer field for now.  There are lots of big lights to illuminate the area from nearby shipping terminals and plentiful parking. 

April 28 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

I actually sorta agree with you for once.  Light rail up the I-5 corridor is stupid because the Feds will probably want to do high speed rail on the same corridor - hopefully before the supposed 2033 completion date for light rail to Tacoma from Fed-Way. 
I’d rather see a city-wide streetcar system connecting the main business districts to downtown.  At least that would be cheaper per mile, sections could be completed within my lifetime (as I pay for them), and it wouldn’t end up as a

April 27 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

DeeBee - we did all that so we could have a world class “International Financial Services District”.  Russell is very sad that they left now that we have new sidewalks.

April 27 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

This article documents that there is no demand for the Light Rail.  If it cost anything out of pocket to ride it, a large percentage of the current ridership will just omit the trip or walk where they are going instead.  Anti-automobile enthusiasts always claim to want to discourage what they call “induced trips.”  Let’s have some consistency.

“Sound Transit has estimated it would lose up to 177,000 riders a year at the base fare of $1. About 1 million people have ridden the train annually

April 27 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

According to the TPU website, they sent letters on Apr 22 to all addresses where there are known lead goosenecks.  I submitted my contact info online and heard back within 48 hours that my home does not have a gooseneck. But it was built in 1930s and may have lead solder in pipes. so I just ordered a kit to test lead at my home from this organization. They offer sliding scale kits: https://hbbf.org/test-kits-start

April 26 2016 Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There's Lead in the Water

Captain positive strikes again!

April 25 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

But how do you REALLY feel?

April 25 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Apparently the City has done a very poor job of outreach.  We’re talking about potential lead poisoning here.  I’ve contacted a few friends to fill them in on this, and every single one of them was in the dark.  I realize that sending out letters to water customers might be costly (a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp, right?  about the cost of issuing a water bill), but, again, we are talking about possible LEAD POISONING.  The City NEEDS to do FAST and THOROUGH outreach to ensure that

April 25 2016 Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There's Lead in the Water

That giant sucking sound you hear is additional money being poured down the insatiable money pit known as the Downtown Redevelopment Zone.

In the early 1990’s we residents were assured by the Visualize Tacoma Jackassery that if the public provided the initial funding that before long private development and new residents would come flocking and herding in and this area would generate a “surplus” of tax revenues that would be used to rebuild our infrastructure and “more than make up for”

April 25 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

The primary problem with access to the former railroad yards is suitable access from the north for sure. This entire area is just the perfect mix for a combined 157 acre “green industry park and business zone” with a large historic business district, Sounder access, and room nearby in Edison, Madrona, WestMall, for housing and living. People could walk and bike to the “Green Zone” for work, A fresher slate deeply needing this type of infusion.

I wonder…how many millions have we poured into the

April 24 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

FYI, I used the link on TPU’s page to request information about my water connection and they answered in about 3 days. I live on N 13th near Proctor and was told that my connection type was copper not lead. Hope this helps.

April 23 2016 Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There's Lead in the Water

Lets do all of it!  Why not? you can’t repo a bike lane or parking, let alone buried power lines.

April 23 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Use this money to benefit all Tacoma residence by improving a bicycle lane or parking do not use this money to improve the wealthiest homes in Tacoma by burying elec lines!!

April 23 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

I don’t know why “16 railroad yards” appeared in the above posting.

April 23 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Wonder why we picked downtown and not say South Tacoma? Build the 16 Railroad yards truck route to open the North Access Road per the agreements between the City and BNSF. A   future “North Access Road” would connect South Tacoma to 157 acres of developable property owned by BNSF. That connection would be over nearly two acres of City-owned land south of South 35th and east of Windom Avenue, next to TPU’s Water Operations Center. The connection would open up the nearly 160 acres to development

April 23 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Wow, another litter so soon again.  Very cool.  Very cute :-)

April 22 2016 1 Week Old Triplet Baby Clouded Leopard Cubs Are Pretty Cute

My proposal:  City will build new infrastructure (sidewalk, curbs, new water & sewer, etc) for any development projects that come on board within the zone.  Frontage improvements are often a deal-breaker for urban redevelopment.  Cut this out of the equation for developers to encourage urban infill.

April 22 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

I’m a little surprised and disappointed that, given all of the improvements and upgrades that have already taken place on Pacific Ave and Dock St, that the city didn’t extend the boundary further west to include Hilltop, where we’ll soon be building light rail.

April 22 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Maybe they can fix all the lead pipes.

April 22 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

One of the biggest challenges for light rail is the slope of the road. Twenty fifth street is far to steep for the light rail to climb.  That is why the light rail need to go up Stadium Way and then Division in order to get to MLK.  The roads are just to steep for travel.  I still question the light rail traveling up Stadium Way, especially in the rain.  When the rails are wet it is more difficult for the light rail to stop.  It may be more of a roller coaster than a form of transportation.

April 22 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Great idea. How about ship building at the port.The ones with real sails for environmentally friendly transportation like they had during the great age of sail.Add bicycle manufacturing and Velomobile manufacturing shops too.

Petroleum fuels will be depleted before the end of the 21st century and probably will be scarce by the mid 21st century.
The murderous and environmentally destructive age of the automobile will be happily over.
Someone suggested (I don’t know who) a solar manufacturing

April 21 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

Run light rail up Jefferson from Broadway to 25rh. Then turn up 25th to j Street to connect to the light rail planned to come through hilltop.

This would improve the Ability to market the private development of the Tacoma Town Center and development of the Hilltop business district.

April 21 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Hats off to the soul searching and growth ED Malott has brought to the organization over the last year.  As an organization, they appear to be renewed, responsive and relevant!

April 21 2016 Citizens for a Healthy Bay Supports Lease Cancellation for the Proposed Methanol Refinery

- Park Place North. 
- Parking garage underground at the Haub site so future building pencils out.
- Jefferson Avenue and 21st Street LID

April 21 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

Has anyone discussed using permaculture design gardens with the bioremediation of the soil in the port via mushrooms and plants? Food forests could also be created in raised beds to feed folks using the area for recreation - much better than vending machines. It would be great to brainstorm other visions, unconventional ones, that will make the port become a showcase of how to reclaim a super fund site.

April 20 2016 Imagine Tacoma - Port DMZ

screw all fossil fuel products up the pipeline hole!  http://www.thriceallamerican.com/articles/252/another-waterfront-ballclub-option

April 20 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

lets see some REAL Northwest Innovation Works!

April 20 2016 Imagine Tacoma–S. 19th & Tyler (2)

methanol is dead!  bring back the DMZ!  help fight sea level rise!

April 20 2016 Imagine Tacoma - Port DMZ

I guess China will have to keep using coal.

April 20 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

talus: being short-sighted is what the Chamber does.

This project was incompatible with the City’s goals of redeveloping downtown. It is hard enough to attract office space downtown, but who would invest millions in such a tower when the views the building would offer would be of the world’s largest methanol plant and its enormous cloud of polluted steam?

Now is the time that the City and Port need to get together and jointly develop a plan for the valuable industrial property the port owns

April 20 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

I am glad this is done.  Thank you to all the people who were involved; it’s not easy fighting Goliath.

As for the future of the Port, I agree with talus.  I would think the Port would eventually be more concentrated in the east section of the tide-flats and have it’s growth along the new 167 corridor.  Tilt-up buildings, storage facilities, light industrial, and warehouses do not NEED to be on the water at a deep water Port.

If I’m dreaming, I would say the west side of the port, the one

April 20 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

What’s the future?  Here’s a radical idea for a port: shipping.

Polluting industry down there will just make it harder to grow the employment base downtown.  The Chamber’s advocacy for this project was amazingly short-sighted.

April 20 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

We need downtown jobs but this plan served no one. Glad to see popular action work for a change.

April 19 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

This project brought home the need to protect Tacoma’s source of water from over-development and the indiscriminate use by large industrial users. To minimize the risk of such a project threatening our community again, our group will continue its efforts to establish The People’s Right to Water Protection Ordinance through citizens initiative. http://www.SaveTacomaWater.org

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that

April 19 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

Announced today: Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is terminating its lease for a site on the tide flats with the Port of Tacoma.

April 19 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

I hate to say this but if NWIW bribed every Tacoma voter with say an offer of $5,000 or maybe $10,000 each to approve the plant they would probably have a lot of supporters.Let’s say as an example that there are 50,000 Tacoma voters (the rest being non voter Tacoma residents).That would cost a total of between $250,000,000 to $500,000,000 for payment to all the registered Tacoma Voters.

As another example lets say you pay every resident (man,woman,child ,infant) $2,000 as a bribe.For 210,000

April 16 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Is it true that China wants to use Methanol so they can stop using coal?  Which one is worse for the environment?  It seems to me that coal is one of our biggest polluters so any other fuel may less harmful than coal.  My biggest concerns is the use of water and power in our region when it comes to this subject.  Maybe a “no” on Methanol is a “yes” for coal?  Tough decision.

April 16 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

These developments are wonderful.  The city needs draws to enhance the pedestrian corridor downtown along the Prairie Line Trail, a public asset that should drive more private job-producing investments.  As for the old city stables building close to the Nisqually Power Station and the concept of a public market there, city government should take inspiration from the Santa Fe Railyard project in New Mexico’s capital city.  The public market there next to the Railrunnner commuter train terminal

April 16 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

No amount of money is worth the poisoning of our beautiful region!  This is not environmentally responsible!  The health of all Tacoma citizens and all our natural resources must come first!

April 15 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

“I’d love to move here and start a business. I’m ready to do it.”

Yea right.  And what have you ever accomplished?  By the way, Tacoma already has enough pot shops.

April 15 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

So the possibility of a methanol refinery is enough to keep you from considering a move here but the existing oil refinery, massive oil & gas shipping terminal, paper mill, and lumber yards don’t bother you? How about the LNG refinery and terminal that’s on its way? Did you drive down South Tacoma Way while you were here admiring the great beauty? Tacoma is still an industrial town, don’t let the false narrative confuse you.

April 14 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

It’s interesting how this has unfolded.  I mean, in the old days, this would probably fly through the system without a peep of angst from the public.  It’s really great, I think, how the perception of what Tacoma is, has changed.  It’s changed inside of Tacoma but obviously it hasn’t at the state level or even the regional level.  The outside perception is that Tacoma is a place to put these sorts of things and not a place to put white collar jobs. 

Anywhere else, the tide flats would be

April 14 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

The study is one-sided propoganda continuing NWIW’s public relations campaign of half-truths & greenwashing.  It’s offensive.

Get ready for more—this same outfit just bought an electronic billboard on I-5, which went live this morning.

April 14 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

The PR piece put out by NWIW incorrectly assigns the term ‘economic benefits’ to what the ECONorthwest report clearly states are ‘economic impacts.’ These two terms are not equivalent. The study only uses ‘benefits’ in two contexts: for labor benefits, such as health insurance, and when it mentions tax revenue being a benefit to local governments. In economics, the costs of construction are a cost, not a benefit. Those costs do create economic impacts, some of which might be economic benefits

April 14 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Tacoma: Progressive? No. The home of the 4th largest private immigration Prison is world-renowned as a prison town and has a very notorious reputation for failing in required oversight.

Green? No.  Go down to the Port this weekend and get a snoot full of Gypsy Moth killer bacteria spray - Bacillus thuringiensis.

Yes it is in the Pacific NW and near Seattle but that does not mean it is close to either of those viewpoints (unless there is some available Federal money)

April 14 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

China thinks allowing chemical plants in the middle of densely inhabited cities is not such a good idea. 85 chemical facilities have to be moved away from populated areas. It cost over $ 4 billion just to move two.
Why not try it in Tacoma? Why not try it with the world’s largest experimental petrochemical refinery?
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1df26d8ee8584b96b8c73001581c36d0/china-moves-10-chemical-plants-after-explosion-review

April 13 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

NWIW’s president Vee Godely’s last Chinese financed venture left Pocatello, Idaho holding the bag for about one billion dollars. Now in bankruptcy, “The firm never really had a technological differentiation in silicon manufacturing or in proton exchange membrane (PEM)  fuel cells. Nor did it seem to have a strategic business plan, other than to go public and pay its executives.”
Incidentally, NWIW never built anything before, never mind the world’s largest methanol refinery in the middle of a

April 13 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Do the complete math, not just some rosy corporate green-washing: http://www.theolympian.com/news/politics-government/article62347537.html

April 13 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

My husband and I are visiting Tacoma this week and enjoying everything we are seeing here, most of all the great beauty of the region. The economic benefits on paper for this plant sure look great. But the down-side is significant. Why does anyone really want to play with fire on this one? Why throw away the reputation this city finally has that it is progressive, going green, and is doing what’s right for residents and neighbors? I’d love to move here and start a business. I’m ready to do it.

April 13 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

After scanning, there is no mention of:
- tax breaks
- property values dropping
- increased health care costs due to increased health risks (asthma)
- increased utility costs to residents
- increased home insurance
- environmental liability (who will pay if things go wrong - it is City land and they are an LLC)
- decreased businesses due to resource capacity
- decreased businesses moving to area due to methanol plant
- decreased residents moving to area due to methanol plant

I could go on and

April 13 2016 NWIW Releases A New Economic Impact Report on the Proposed Methanol Plant

Yes. It was for sale in 2014 when I did a walk through. It’s stacked 10-15 feet high with hundreds of boxes of art work. Each box is labeled with the title of the piece and it’s dollar value.  Standing next to a single stack worth over $100k, my partner noticed and urged me to watch my step- we couldn’t afford it if one of us tripped.

April 13 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

vatever

April 13 2016 Imagine Tacoma – Paper or Plastic?

Wasn’t this a Chihuly owned building?

April 13 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

Awesome!  I love that tattered brick courtyard there.  I hope they use it.
Anybody know what’s up with the horse stable building?  Once upon a time it was going to be part of a public market with an adjacent building.  What’s the story on that?  Anyone?
All in all another win for T-Town.

April 13 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

They actually aren’t allowed on the streets!

April 12 2016 Rent a Bike (Or Something Even More Fun) On Ruston Way

Funhouse & Firepower are still favorites… And yeah, Star Trek TNG!

April 11 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

Yes!  1/3 the cost of streetcar.

Stop at Foss waterway.
Up from Foss to Fireman’s Park.
Up 9th to Commerce.
South on Commerce.
Loading station on Broadway’s Theatre on the square.
Continue south on Broadway.
Up 11th Street.
Stop at 11th and Tacoma Avenue.
South on Tacoma Avenue with a stop at 19th and Tacoma Avenue.
Final stop at 19th and MLK.

I like it.

April 11 2016 Aerial Trams in Downtown Tacoma

Of course it wouldn’t.  I honestly couldn’t care less who invests in our city.  As long as they invest.

April 10 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

No not more businesses that cater to the makeup of the surrounding neighborhood!

April 10 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

Well, yeah… It is the nightlife area.

April 08 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

Just what 6th Ave needs… another bar.

April 08 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

One-star for McMenamins: Seattle Times critic reviews new location
http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/04/one-star_for_mcmenamins_seattl.html#incart_river_home

http://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/tavern-on-the-square-at-mcmenamins-anderson-school-misses-mark/

April 08 2016 A Quick McMenamins Update

It will look real nice once the tent city moves in and takes over the patio area shown in the accompanying graphic, and you can bet your ass that is what will happen if Tacoma’s Seattle wanna be’s have their way.

April 08 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

The hearings examiner should approve the street vacations regarding the 6-acre tract near the UWT but in exchange for its agreement to such a proposal the city must demand prior to such consent that the developer in any land purchase agreement must meet specific goals on what buildings will be developed and on when they will be completed.  The developer has tantalized the city with pretty sketches but it is fair to respond that the city’s positive reaction to them should not be just a tease but

April 07 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 5, 2016

The key word is household. Many households have more than one income source.

April 06 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

Just today, my friends from back home in Portland, are all excited about Diana Ross coming to McMenamins Edgefield.  The campus in Tacoma will have as much square footage as Edgefield but less surrounding grounds.  Perhaps this is why the Elks location is going to have freestanding cabins in the ballroom - they can be removed later if the need for a sweet venue is warranted.

“Legitimate option for the younger set” because all the UWT Grads and career climbing youthful types always seem to end

April 05 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 5, 2016

There are a lot of expensive view condos and fancy houses in that radius to the NW.  Six miles gets you a lot of North Tacoma where there are lots of six figure household incomes.

April 05 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

I would love to see the live music equivalent of Ballard’s Sunset or Tractor taverns in that neighborhood, or any Tacoma neighborhood.  Good music venues are good not only for music fans but for an area’s overall cred as “legitimate option for the younger set” (in Jesse’s words).  Maybe McMenamins on the other end of town will demonstrate that Tacoma can support decent touring bands.  The cheesy Jazzbones, never-reaching-its-potential New Frontier, and the occasional show in a church or living

April 05 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 5, 2016

There’s a whole lot of good stuff happening in Tacoma over the next few years. 
That six acre project is exciting in that it could bring back shopping in downtown in a meaningful way.  Down the hill from it will be Seven Seas Brewery and a proposed (what happened with this?) public market at the old horse barn and warehouses.  Exciting!
After that, you have the continues schools LID, roads funding, Link rail, McMenamins campus, two 24 story towers at the convention center, more Foss

April 05 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of April 5, 2016

Could someone please explain to me how they arrived at the $66,575 Average Household Income Within a 6 Mile Radius figure? I have lived and worked in Tacoma my whole life in a white collar job, and have never come close to a $66,000 income. And if I look at the 6 mile radius in that area, I don’t see fancy homes or cars. I am not condemning the project; I truly want to see Tacoma flourish and especially the “downtown” area (which I consider this to be part of) but I think they should get their

April 05 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

hi monkeyshiners i was just wondering if this years monkeyshine is over or how many have been found me and my bf were trying to figure out if we should go out and look for some monkeyshines or not i would love to hear the feed back thanks excited to hear back from the monkeyshine community

April 05 2016 Monkeyshines 2016 - The Year of the Monkey

I believe that when I looked up the laws in this state it looked to me that 4 wheel human powered vehicles were not lawful on public roads,streets or highways (those that are non restricted).3 wheels were A O K though.However maybe that law had been repealed.

April 04 2016 Rent a Bike (Or Something Even More Fun) On Ruston Way

Look at those prices. ...this is a joke right?

April 03 2016 Rent a Bike (Or Something Even More Fun) On Ruston Way

It is sad to see the thinly veiled xenophobia surrounding the recently proposed Chinese investments in Tacoma.  Would any of this suspicion exist if it were English, Scandanavian, or any other white countries pitching these investments?

I personally hope these guys make a killing on this project and come back for more.  Please make it bigger.

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

The television character George Jefferson on TV’s “All in the Family” sitcom wisely said nobody cared about the color of his skin as long as his money was green.  Thank goodness today that investors from China are willing to fund new projects in downtown Tacoma because local bankers are not apparently willing to assume such risks.  Furthermore, while there are immigration incentives that promote such investments, they do not require the direct federal tax dollar subsidies that the Weyerhaeuser

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

High rise development does not seem to be important in this senerio. Why is this not in the plans? Tacoma needs to grow up in this 6 acre area. I

I don’t think this section of downtown allows for anything super tall. The renders appear to show 7-8 story residential towers which is right in line w/ the height of some of the existing buildings in the area. Density is important, but so is historical character.

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

The document stream involving the Mayor/ICE/DHS is very interesting on this one for sure. GEO actually uses “the local political environment” which has been absolutely favorable for them always as a reason they do not meet PBDNS standards. So the Mayor says she is not responsible, the City is not responsible, no one is responsible, and GEO says this is why. The City brought the prison here and helped underwrite (through WEDFA at the State level)  both the initial and expansion construction for

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

So Smith,

Could this be a reason why the Mayor has not challenged ICE/DHS over the NWDC and mandatory contract compliance? We know that DHS OIG reported
in March 2015 that a previous USCIS director had created an appearance
of favoritism by providing certain petitioners and stakeholders with special
access to DHS leadership and preferential treatment for their EB-5
Program applications or petitions.  Mayor S had to backtrack from her fast-track involvement with the Methanol Bomb and here she

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

“at 0 of the national level. ”  Should be 150% of the national level or the investment amount is $1,000,000

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

When Tacoma is shown money and jobs they always seem to jump quickly and line up behind something. In this case we already see the Mayor in their marketing video. Of course we won’t seek such oversight or monitoring, but the EB-5 visa program is not without controversy.
People should read this GAO report:
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-696

During testimony to the Senate about the program, Senators expressed concern regarding fraud and abuse in the program, as well as concern that U.S.

April 02 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

High rise development does not seem to be important in this senerio. Why is this not in the plans? Tacoma needs to grow up in this 6 acre area. I

April 01 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

If Bruce Kendall wanted to incentivize this new project, the title World Trade Center should be moved to a new Tacoma Town Center office building to boost its development prospects, away from the relatively ancient Rust Building from an earlier Tacoma boom (where his office is located in a building merely revitalized more than two decades ago as a Liberty Mutual Insurance real estate investment).  Tacoma needs not only new downtown construction but new trade-related white-collar jobs,

April 01 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

A nitpick.  We’re a city, not a town - how about Tacoma City Center or something that’s sounds (and is) more urban than Lakewood or Redmond developments? 

Also, I subscribe to neither anti-Chinese paranoia nor Bruce Kendall’s (see today’s TNT) paranoia/faux concern about anti-Chinese paranoia in the context of the paused (and inappropriately sited) methanol plant proposal, but the history of Tacoma and China/Chinese immigrants is certainly full of fascinating historical and contemporary

April 01 2016 Tacoma Town Center Looks Ready to Take A Step Forward

With 4-5 foot wide wheeled vehicles pedestrians are going to be having a difficult time on the existing shared-use path.

March 31 2016 Rent a Bike (Or Something Even More Fun) On Ruston Way

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good
of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live
under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may
at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good
will torment us without end for they do so with the approval
of their own conscience.”

March 30 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

$275m really?  Let’s see documentation on that.

March 29 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

The news article says that her last trip netted $275m in investment for Tacoma.  If she and her partners can pull this off again, this time in a better economy, the $20k will have been well spent.

Go get em’ Madam Mayor!!

March 29 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

Look our Mayor is going to China and Vietnam on an airline trip there.
that’s at least more than a years worth of CO2 emissions from an average gasoline fueled motor vehicle or more just for that one trip.

If she like Chinese investors,industry and especially their government so much I wish that she would just make it a one way trip,resign as our mayor and just stay there as a new Chinese citizen.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article68700477.html

March 28 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

Watch the Mayor in the new video about the plant here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ad4R9eF1nA

March 27 2016 Methanol Planting Scoping Process Paused by NWIW

Don’t miss the new youtube video starring our wonderful Mayor Strickland as well as the Port Commissioner Connie Bacon gushing about the new methanol plant. Pretty nice endorsement!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ad4R9eF1nA

March 27 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

Yet Tacoma’s elected officials seem intent on accelerating climate change by having us become the petrochemical center of the Northwest through the support of fracking, the natural gas industry and methanol production thereby increasing CO2 and making things WORSE, according to a recent Harvard study: http://www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry/

March 24 2016 How Will Tacoma Cope With Climate Change?

Good job - continue to openly communicate

March 23 2016 Council Member Keith Blocker Launches District 3 Community Newsletter

so, you think bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area is going to somehow depreciate the value of your home? By all means, please move to Everett.

March 23 2016 Tacoma Dome Transit-Oriented Development - Take 2

How about a new Amtrak station on that lot?

March 22 2016 Pierce County's New Plan for Lincoln District Offices

Joe, you are definitely on to something - ground level retail integrated into the building and a site with permanent transit access.  Both are fantastic ideas.  I honestly don’t expect many people to use Sounder (at least not initially) to do stuff at the courthouse.  There simply is not enough of a population base around the Pierce Co stations, nor enough frequency (currently) to make it reliable.  Give it 20 years, it will come.  The Sounder would be a great commute option for employees with

March 22 2016 Pierce County's New Plan for Lincoln District Offices

Pierce County’s population has more than doubled since the County-City Building opened in the 1950s, replacing the old classic courthouse.  Like a bank, county leaders could ponder opening branches of essential services offices, like the treasurer, auditor, and assessor, at satellite campuses in Lakewood and Puyallup, by the Sounder line.  The county should ponder creating a building for the executive and council on the vacant lot between Freighthouse Square and the Tacoma Dome Hotel, making it

March 21 2016 Pierce County's New Plan for Lincoln District Offices

This is not exactly true.  There is more to this than implied.  The proponent pulled out because after rounds of contact with state and federal agencies, it was officially confirmed that Tacoma does not have qualified staff to do the EIS, and state ECY was out of line in turning the EIS over to Tacoma due to this fact.  Non-government staff reports on an EIS on federally protected waters are not regarded as “official” and the Port may not simply run with the findings of outside private

March 19 2016 Methanol Planting Scoping Process Paused by NWIW

Way to break the story!

Good news, and probably a smart move by NWIW.  This feels like a turning point in how Tacoma sees itself, and maybe how the region see us.

March 19 2016 Methanol Planting Scoping Process Paused by NWIW

I was there at filming. much better live

March 17 2016 Sasquatch Hunter Hits the Streets of Tacoma .. Literally
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