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

April 20 2014 New Hope Blooming for the Tacoma Dome?

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

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

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

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

Fortunately we have access to seawater.

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

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

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

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

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

April 19 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

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

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

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

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

April 19 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

Also see:

Citizens to Install Andy Warhol’s Flower on Tacoma Dome

https://www.facebook.com/WarholonTacomaDome

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

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

April 18 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

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

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

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

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

April 18 2014 Good News for Prairie Line Trail

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

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

Warhol flower, for good.

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

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

April 18 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

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

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

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

April 18 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

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

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

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

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

April 18 2014 Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

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

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

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

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

Give a complete support to this project.

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

How impressive.

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

April 17 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sure would be nice if it happens. 

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

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

Please fill in some of them with buildings ASAP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11 2014 Tacoma 2013 Year In Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 10 2014 Calling All History Enthusiasts

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

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

I’m looking forward to attending future tours.

April 10 2014 Sponsor Your Own Walking Wednesday

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

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

Best Thing About Goats: Goat Cheese Pizza!

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

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

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

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

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

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

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

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

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

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

April 08 2014 Old City Hall Owners Agree to Fix Roof

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

NO SOMBRERO, NO KIMONO, NO SERVICE

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

the vendor application link doesn’t work?

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

April 08 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Hogwash

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

I’m in favor of making the world suck a little less.

I also think it’s worth considering the impact that difficulty in accessing healthy food options can have on both worker productivity and student success.

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

If you don’t like the verbage that is fine.  Let’s just say it sucks to be far away from food.  And if you’re poor and without a vehicle it sucks even more to transport it back home.  Hopefully we can provide good transit options so we don’t have these problems.  I can’t say I have ridden on every bus route in the city to make a determination to know the reality of whether it is hard or not to get groceries.  But it shouldn’t be controversial to identify those locations, make sure we provide

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

“I think you make bold statements about there being no scarcity and no restriction of socio-economic class.  I simply haven’t seen Tacoma’s data to make such claims.”

I don’t think I said anything controversial; my statement corresponds to reality.

The general controversy about the topic centers on the idea of progress and standards of measurement.

As far as academic virtue, playing games with words can be misleading, inaccurate, and harmful. Food Deserts, or say, Food Fights—what’s

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

First off Walkscore is a business, not a special interest group.  They serve no special interest other than to make money in connecting their service to real estate.  They did not create the academic literature on “food deserts.”  With that said, the body of literature around “food deserts” is a conversation of sustainability and public health.  It is a useful tool in reexamining our communities and how we shape them.  I think you make bold statements about there being no scarcity and no

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

There is no scarcity of healthy food in Tacoma. Likewise, no socio-economic class is restricted access to food stores; access may be achieved directly or indirectly both locally and globally.

Should individuals just acquiesce to social machinations proposed by special interest groups? If the implication of Walk Score is that it serves as a useful measure of the vitality of Tacoma, then I reject that standard of measurement.

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

I think you don’t grasp the conversation.  This isn’t about people being owed anything.  It is about understanding key demographics and city planning.  Lower income families without good transit or vehicle access resort to some of the worst nutrition decisions, which invariably take a terrible toll on public health, subsidized lunch programs, ect.  Something I would think you’d be in favor of, since it creates less reliance on the social welfare state.  Providing transit options in those areas

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

There’s a great new invention that will save the average household hundreds of dollars in shoe expenses. It’s called a refrigerator.

April 06 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Oh no! I live in a food desert. It takes me fifteen minutes to walk to Safeway. Do I qualify for some kind of financial support? ;)

April 04 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Is there a number people can call in to participate, or are they for some reason limiting it to random landline numbers?

April 04 2014 Ring, Ring... It's the City Calling...

Cry me a river.  No one is owed a food store within a five minute walk from their residence. 

If it is a such a grand idea to locate grocery stores in each and every residential neighborhood perhaps the self identified oracles of such knowledge should be liquidating their retirement and selling off their assets for capital to invest in such ventures.  That way they can become fabulously wealthy serving their fellow man   ...or lose everything they own.

The residents who live within a five

April 04 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Show me a McMenamin’s project that does not lead off with a campaign designed to get “the public” on board with a “public private partnership” and I will take my words back.  Who paid for the utility upgrades required if this project moves forward?  I guarantee you that if 99% of the resident, property owners, in Tacoma were interested in a project to improve their real estate they would pay for the Utility upgrades.  It does not end there either.  You certainly are naive if you thing the

April 04 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

I did not say over, I said long in the tooth.  You obviously don’t understand market trends on Theme restaurants.  The ROI is only there during the ramp up.

April 04 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

What Tacoma really needs is a ......$300,000 visioning document. We need this because we have such a large quantity of surplus funds that we don’t know what to do with. Forget that the document will just be a rehash of everything our council has previously gone on record in favor of and forget that the report will consigned to a dusty shelf somewhere and forgotten.  The council is blowing through gobs of tax money on superficial stuff and that’s what us low information voters expect. BRAVO

April 03 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 1, 2014

The reason people aren’t beating down their doors to invest in this is that it promises 8% ROI.  That’s low.  It has nothing to do with brewpubs being OVER.

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

Is McMenamins asking for public subsidies?  There was a parking garage deal with the City was in place when the Grace Pleasants apartment complex was linked to this but… the McMenamins brothers have said that they don’t need a parking garage or necessarily want one.  Do explain.

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

Let me clarify that I am not talking about small scale craft breweries/eating establishments.  I am specifically addressing large scale establishments that are entertainment/restaurant with a theme and this theme ran out of steam and has been coasting for quite some time now.  The ones that are already established can continue to generate profits, but it is not a smart bet to invest in this business model at this late stage.

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

We almost had it, but not looking very good.  Interesting how in another part of town they are planning on investing $100 million, but this project is lagging.  Are these guys making bad financial moves and that is why investors don’t want to touch them?

the brew pub schtick is getting a little long in the tooth.  That is the alpha and omega of why they are looking for alternative sources of funding.  I stated this ~ three years ago in the comments under News Buffoon articles written back

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

I do think that using a similar method to the Quimper Merchantile community funding, in Port Townsend, is a slam dunk.  Check out their web page for details on how they funded themselves.  With McMenamins situation, they could probably do without the board members of investors…
Essentially, the Quimper method sells stock to local people.  In return, the store has their buy-in as customers, profit sharing through the stock program, and makes the store a community pride rallying point. 
Imagine

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

At least there’s a good roof on the building.

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

We almost had it, but not looking very good.  Interesting how in another part of town they are planning on investing $100 million, but this project is lagging.  Are these guys making bad financial moves and that is why investors don’t want to touch them?

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

How long before some tweaker steals that door for a quick fix?

April 02 2014 Copper Door Plans to Open This Week

I had the chance to walk through about 3 weeks ago when they were there late working and it was looking very nice then. I am looking forward to seeing the finished project.

April 01 2014 Copper Door Plans to Open This Week

Wow, that’s quite the agenda.  Great to see forward momentum on the bike boulevards. 

I’m not at all a fan of the Murano (Wintergrass grudges die hard, among other things), but the hotel gridlock needs to be broken for the greater good of the city—I reluctantly hope the Council supports the settlement.

April 01 2014 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 1, 2014
Event Date Make Changes
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Tonga November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo October 28, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Transportation Forum: Transportation Is a Life Determinant October 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - India October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Try Transit Month 2014 October 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
The Race and Pedagogy 2014 National Conference September 25, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Bike to Work Week 2014 September 22, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Park(ing) Day 2014 September 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo September 17, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Transportation Forum: Public Space & Parklet Pecha Kucha September 12, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tea Ceremony - Korea September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk to Work & Win 2014 September 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Scavenger Hunt August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - China August 2, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Family Walk July 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Vietnam July 5, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
What’s Cooking June 21, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
9th Annual Wheels to Meals June 21, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
VeloFemmes Anniversary Block Party June 19, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma Day - Public Art Walk June 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm Edit
WSDOT open house about I-5 – JBLM Area Corridor – Planning Study June 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Thailand June 7, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Walk Tacoma - Tacoma’s First Neighborhood June 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
2014 Pacific Northwest-China Trade & Investment Summit June 4, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Play to Learn June 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Peninsula Metric 2014 or Gran Fondo June 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Island Excursion Finale: Family Ride to Anderson Island May 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm Edit
DOTG Bike Commuter Meet-Up and Pub Crawl May 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Free booktalk and signing Clair Gebben, author of The Last of the Blacksmiths: A Novel May 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
TRH Pint Pedaler: A Bike Map to Tacoma’s Craft Breweries May 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Biking Basics - WTF Night May 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Claude Bourbon, Medieval and Spanish blues guitarist May 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
South Sound Chapter of CHADD (Children & Adults with Hyperactivity Disorder) May 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm Edit
Talk Tacoma - UWT, Brewery District, Prairie Line Trail May 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm Edit
Bike to a Better Tacoma May 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm Edit
Queen Victoria’s Birthday May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Kidical Mass Family Ride for Parents and Kids May 17, 2014 at 10:30 am Edit
Rain Garden How-To & City Incentives Program May 17, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Bike to Work Day: Brake Breaks May 16, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Free booktalk and signing Jason Padgett, author of Struck by Genius How a Brain Injury Made Me a M May 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm Edit
Tacoma CycloFemme 2014 May 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tweed Ride May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Puget Sound Starts Here Family Fun Day May 10, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
2014 Maritime Security Summit May 8, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Pops on the Lawn! May 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Walk Tacoma - Architecture Walk May 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm Edit
Bike to School Day May 7, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
20th Annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour May 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
James Manuele, classical guitarist May 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm Edit
Tea Ceremony - Samoa May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Tacoma Bike Swap May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
20th Annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour May 3, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Pray for Sun Party May 3, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Charles Wright Academy Spring Visit Days May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Blessing of the Bikes May 2, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Right Plant for the Right Place Workshop May 2, 2014 at 6:30 am Edit
Bike to Market Day May 1, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
253 Collective celebrates Bicycle Month May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am Edit
Brake Breaks May 1, 2014 at 7:00 am Edit
Bike Month Commuter Challenge May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Tacoma Resident Free Day at the Zoo May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Walk to Work with Downtown On the Go! April 30, 2014 at 7:30 am Edit
Hilltop Subarea Plan Public Hearing April 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm Edit
Bike to a Business - Savor Tacoma Creperie April 29, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
Landscape Design Made Easy Workshop April 28, 2014 at 6:30 am Edit
How to Find a Bike You Love April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Parkway Barleywine Brunch April 27, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit
Mopars Unlimited Vetereans Poker Run April 27, 2014 at 10:00 am Edit
Understanding Credit Reports April 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Parkway Barleywine Fest 2014 April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Edit
Free Saturday 5k - April 26, 2014 April 26, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
A Place at the Table Film Screening presented by the Junior League of Tacoma April 26, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Dining Out for Life Special Beer Pairing Dinner April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm Edit
WTF Night Potluck April 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm Edit
Friends of the Prairie Line Trail Organizational Meeting April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm Edit
Dining Out for Life 2014 April 24, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Craft Beer Caravan and Earth Day Celebration April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm Edit
Bike to a Business - Savor Tacoma Creperie April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am Edit
30 Days of Biking April 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Edit
Defending America’s Freedom: It’s Everybody’s Job! Propaganda Posters of World War I March 14, 2014 at 11:00 am Edit