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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.

May 13 2016 Help Pierce Transit Design a New Route System

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

Agreed until you said Tacoma needs more congestion.

Isn’t the reason for “density” livability and a reduction in congestion?  Most people who chose Tacoma (not forced here from Seattle because of high rents) say the lack of congestion is a selling point.

Not all “density” is good.  Look at Cabrini Green in Chicago.  At some point it turns bad.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the “food desert” issue on the Eastside, the parking lot at the proposed center should be better designed to facilitate public farmer market activities.  Facilities to help fuel a weekly market for farmers at that site should not be an after-thought in the final design.  In particular, there should be a covered area so that such produce tables could operate year-round.

May 12 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

That makes the assumption the residents are working local and not commuting to Seattle

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Or…other apartments look at what they are asking and a new bar is set for the area.
Whats their formula? A mortgage in the area is X dollars so lets make the apartments X-Y ?

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

how many working artists are working in tacoma looking for lofts to live in?  I picture an artist who just finished a sculpture hefting the 900# monstrosity onto the roof of the sounder for the “simple” ride north to collect his/her $8,340.00 from Dooey, Cheatham and Howe who purchased it for their lobby.

May 11 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

YAY!!! The bum and druggie shuttle lives on!! woohoo!!!

May 11 2016 Free Ride on Tacoma Link Continues

While I completely agree with the outcry against the tax abatement, I cannot understand the opposition to the project due to parking concerns.  By increasing the housing density in the area, along with increased public transportation via the link, the idea is that residents of this community would no longer require a vehicle. Having worked at several brand new apartment communities in Seattle over the past several years, most “normal” residents are able to afford $1800-$2000 studio and one

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Ok Tacoma.  Time to fill in some of the dead blightful parking lots which have sucked out much of the life of the city.

http://comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/1-13-09-city-of-parking-lots/

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I really appreciate Jennifer, Matt, and Brendan’s comments on the topic - couldn’t agree more. The City Council had this on tonight’s agenda and though I was working and couldn’t attend, I did finally get off my butt and email my councilmember (and Mayor Strickland) specifically about the property tax exemption issue. I hope a few of you were able to attend and that others have or will contact their elected officials or staff in the Planning department.

Developers - particularly those

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Great location, right next to sluggos and half pint pizza and pub…great places all..can’t bwait to “get my pin on”... Sid Seattle..

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

Okay, so the initial asking price for rent is unaffordable for most people.  Understandable.  Please tell me where else I can find a nice newer apartment in Tacoma?  Not something that’s been lived in by dozens of other people and not well maintained?  The supply is limited.  Over time, rents will drop.  There is SO MUCH poorly-utilized land in Tacoma that it’s sickening to see our forests in the suburbs bulldozed for cookie-cutter poorly-built houses that people will live in so that they can

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The type of crime that you describe happens everywhere.  It’s happened in my isolated upper-middle class subdivision.  It’s even happened in the small town in a cornfield in the rural Midwest where my parents live.  This is the world we live in today.  Once we start prioritizing law enforcement budgets adequate to do neighborhood patrols, we will see this type of petty crime decline.  You can’t get something for nothing.  Not willing to pay higher taxes for neighborhood patrols or cut “pet

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

We need more parking to accommodate the existing and already proposed businesses in this area.  This area is notorious for its lack of parking and many potential customers avoid it for that reason.

May 09 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

n summary, those who were most enthusiastic participated.

The survey was “self selected.” What this means is that if you wanted to participate, had the time and interest to participate, had access to the Internet (not all of us do), and did so, that was the outcome. Similar to a caucus system, the most passionate people on both sides tend to participate, particularly on the favorable side given the region’s (especially in Seattle) extremely high appetite for more taxes, particularly in

May 09 2016 Sound Transit receives 34,706 survey responses, 2,320 written comments on ST3 Draft Plan

We need more construction of affordable housing for purchase.  I think that we are getting too many rental properties in this area.  Home ownership results in residents who are more vested in the community than renters.  We already have a high density of rental apartment complexes in this area.  With the construction of the new apartment complex on 4th and Broadway and now this within blocks, we are straining existing public services, without the benefit of taxation at all for the first eight

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Bring it on!  I always enjoy visiting the Pinball Museum when in Vegas for trade shows.

May 09 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

just make sure the recording studio is designed by recording experts and the athletic portion is designed by athletes.  Don’t have some oversight committee that doesn’t know a conga from a 45# plate from a plate of jambalaya design the whole thing.

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

wait a minute.  cooking, music recording, weights and cardio equipment?  All of that appeals to me.  Mix in extra math and science lectures or software coding and it would be perfect.

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it - Freeloaders to Continue to Freeload in Perpetuity

May 09 2016 Free Ride on Tacoma Link Continues

Must be that “Biergarten Bump”

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

“Likewise, proctor station is struggling to fill its commercial space.”

How is it struggling to lease space? They have Walla Walla Clothing, Top Pot Doughnuts, Rudy’s Barbershop & Coldwell Banker. The last 2 spaces are pending..

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This type of facility really seems like something that would lend itself well to a joint use with an existing school.  Activities for the “young people” of the east side of Tacoma would generally be held outside of school hours.  Is there any reason at all that a gymnasium couldn’t be used for BOTH a school and for after school and summer activities?  Is there any reason that a swimming pool couldn’t be built at one of our public schools and offered to be used by the community during evenings,

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Good news. Stadium District businesses need more humans to survive. This sad vacuous parking lot has been sitting dead for years.

Right, because the Thriftway, Franco, Ranko’s, the Harvester, Tully’s, Morrell’s, etc. ad nauseum, have been struggling for so long. Good businesses will survive, bad businesses won’t.

I feel for the owners of the Legacy and Casablanca, those buildings will not only lose their water views but also most of their sunlight. Yeah, there’s a high-rise a couple of

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Isn’t there already a community center on Portland Avenue?

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Again, you’ve proven yourself to be an idiot.

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Yeah! Maybe they can build a homeless shelter instead!!!

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Oh, while I’m at it…How much will the Puyallup Indians be contributing to this? This is their “sacred holy land” isn’t it?

May 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Glad to hear about this.  It’s great that the Seattle building boom is finally starting to have reverberations in Tacoma. 

These rent prices are pretty high, but I’m hoping/ expecting that they will be reflected with a high quality product, something a little more than the typical plywood box apartment buildings that are a dime a dozen.

As for the concerns about how “appropriate” this is for the neighborhood- this is exactly what the Stadium District needs and is built to handle.  In case

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

When I read anything with “envision” what I’m really seeing is another upcoming tax levy

May 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Cool project!  Looking forward to this one.  Stadium is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tacoma.  The more density in this area the better.  I’m not too concerned about congestion as a result of this complex and the beer hall across the street.  Frankly, Tacoma needs A LOT more congestion in its neighborhoods.  This isn’t Puyallup or Sumner, it’s an urban environment.

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The next City Council Meeting is this Tue at 5pm. I think it’s important to have as many concerned citizens attend as possible. I’ll be there. There should be a commitment period for it.

http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=1972

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Did you notice the date on that article? It is from May 2013, three years ago. It claims that rents in Seattle are starting to fall because of increased housing supply, and it predicts that the fall will accelerate. Three years later, those predictions appear to have been wildly wrong.

To the extent that Seattle teaches us anything, it is that frenzied construction of expensive housing does not guarantee more affordable housing. There are plenty of other factors that go into development

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

When the beer hall opens, there will be an increased demand for parking and that lot will fill up on a daily basis.  When/if this building goes up, the parking for a new and vibrant business will dry up.  The result will be street parking and congestion.  We will be cutting off our nose to spite our face.  I’m not sure how anyone can say that more density is needed in a city that had a large condo complex that struggled to fill itself for years and had a new banner made every time occupancy

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

25%... Not 300%

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

You’re better off buying a tent.
The most that I have ever paid for rent was $300 per month
and now I am a multiple property/homeowner/mogul.
I agree that we should get rid of urban sprawl by eliminating the excessive space occupied by motor vehicles which take over half of a cities land making destinations twice as far which also works against the very purpose of a car (it’s own enemy).
I farm quite happily in my back yard which means less need to travel to a supermarket.Why slave to give

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Let me rephrase that: there is increased demand but it’s no danger of exceeding the supply of available homes any time soon, if price is not an issue for you. If we would like to encourage that trend though I’m sure it will happen sooner or later that even relatively wealthy people will have a hard time finding housing here. Not sure why that’s a goal.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Erik. There is plenty of available housing in Tacoma, there is no increased demand. What there isn’t enough of are places people who already live here can afford on the wages they are making in Tacoma. If you want to move down here from Seattle and pay less than you are paying there you will find that this is not a problem presently.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This project is likely due to the coming streetcar that will go right by its front door.  That streetcar has been planned to go through this area and on this street (whether it went down 6th or MLK) since like 2008-ish - with a probable opening in 2021.  Streetcar usually increases property values by about 30% once it is completed because it creates demand for housing along its tracks.  So, I don’t understand why anyone would complain about the housing costs being high here.  By the time this

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Especially since Thriftway already hired the guy to yell at people who already try to park in the lot to do their dry cleaning. He’d have lots of fun with new renters without parking spots.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the Stadium area, First Presbyterian Church, which years ago bought the old adjacent Buckley King Funeral Home for use as a chapel, should ponder development of a high-rise apartment complex on the parking lot behind the church complex overlooking Wright Park that could be a combination of market-rate and affordable (read low income) apartments that would generate revenue for the church’s mission but also include parking for church attendees in an included parking structure.  Tacoma

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Why should we as a city offer the developers an 8 year tax exemption when there is a high demand for the completed project.  It’s a Landlord’s market right now, the city doesn’t need to offer incentives to develop more units, there is very little risk (right now) for the developers.

If we’re going to give them 8 years worth of tax exemptions, we should be getting something in return, like a percentage of dedicated affordable units or some site amenities for the general public. (like better

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

In addition to the environmental benefits of infilling Tacoma rather than having even more sprawl in Pierce County which is resulting in the loss of farmland, there is also the benefit of lower housing costs when new units are built:

More Evidence: Increased Housing Supply Leads to Lower Prices

“The idea that increasing housing supply—building more housing units of all kinds—has a beneficial impact on housing price is still very controversial in Seattle. Intuitively, people know that when

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I just looked at a 2 bedroom in a less than 20 year old building 2 blocks from there with washer dryer in unit. Priced at $1050.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Good news. Stadium District businesses need more humans to survive. This sad vacuous parking lot has been sitting dead for years.

Yes, of course these new units are going to rent at a higher rate than some of the 1930 era apartment in the area as these will be new with their own washer and dryer. Many of the apartments in the area have shared laundry facilities. Plus, they will be finished far better.

Another advantage is that it adds to the supply of housing to keep the cost of adjacent

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The median household income in Tacoma is $50,439, or $4,203.25 per month. Generally, it’s recommended not to spend more than 1/3 of your income on housing, if you don’t want to be completely underwater.

That would make a sensible rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom home in Tacoma no more than $1400. At $2500-$3000 a month, their two bedrooms (like the new ones in Proctor) are priced completely out of the budget of the average Tacoma renter.

At that price renting is a luxury,  you should be able to

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

That is true, and sixth ave has so much parking and infrastructure that is already designed for greater density.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This sounds good in isolation, but the neighborhood that really cries out for density is the Sixth Avenue neighborhood.  It would be so great to see the strip malls, check-cashing KFC, chicken-serving KFC etc. at Division/Sprague/Sixth replaced by apartments or condos.  I’m also concerned that too many Tacoma neighborhoods are competing to become dense centers of retail and residential, and that without more prioritization, none may succeed.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Have you ever thought of trying to create some new beautiful affordable apartments to accommodate the middle class?  Does the rent include the parking garage, or is that anothe $250 a month?  The entire North Slope is under attack right now by theives of every sort. You can’t leave porch furniture out or hang a plant without it being stolen. They are getting more and more brazen,  stealing packages, jumping fences, and breaking into homes. The police don’t seem to be interested… saying they are

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

New construction is usually able to command a premium of up to 25 percent over the going rate for comparable older units.

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The more I look at this, the more concerned I become with this idea. Does anyone know where we can write to share concerns about this? I’m all for using the parking lot in a better way, since right now it’s mostly a waste of space. But let’s think about what actually works here. If you look at the picture of the parking lot, the L-shaped building down and to the left is the Casablanca; it has 29 units. The H-shaped building below the parking lot in this picture, together with the more generally

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Have you looked for places to live around the Stadium district? I’ve lived here for awhile, and walking through the neighborhood I’ve frequently seen signs for studios and 1 bedrooms renting at $700-$950/mo. Looking at a site for apartment/house rentals, I found several options as low as $685, and multiple 1 and 2 bedrooms for under $1000, all within a 5 minute walking distance from this location. About a 10 minute walk away, I found a three-bedroom HOUSE for $1300/mo. These prices are far too

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Surely we can come up with an idea more suited to this area.

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Hi Renee - It looks like they’re still on track, according to a post on the Berliner Pub Facebook page last month:

“... The name will now be Berliner Beer Hall and things are moving along nicely. We expect to be open this spring, hopefully May. We do have a Facebook page under Berliner Beer Hall where I post updates now and again and will definitely keep everyone informed when the opening will be! We are working hard to quench everyone’s thirst! ...”

May 06 2016 Construction update: Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub in downtown Tacoma

Has this beer hall been nixed?? Anyone know?

May 06 2016 Construction update: Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub in downtown Tacoma

There is currently a one bed/one bath for rent not even a block away for $1100/mo.  Quickly looking at Zillow, there are numerous available rentals in the neoighborhood and the highest price I see is $1400/mo. Anyone who rents here will be getting gouged. But hey, brand-new aluminum frame construction!

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

My hope is that the developer will incorporate brick or other architectural elements to help the new structures blend with the surroundings.

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This apartment in a similar location in Seattle would be over 2k, it’s next to parks, shopping, dining land transit. This is well below the cost of a similar apartment in Seattle. This neighborhood is expensive.

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I was hoping for more affordable living, 1255 for a studio is ridiculous. Where do they think they are? Seattle?

May 06 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Thank you Travel Tacoma + Pierce County for supporting and promoting all of the terrific assets in Pierce County!

May 06 2016 Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Takes Visitor Information to the Visitors

These local farmers’ markets are one of my favorite things about Tacoma.

May 05 2016 Broadway Farmers' Market Opens Today

My house is one of those believed to have the lead gooseneck. However, I brought my water down to Spectra labs as soon as I read that article (before my letter from TPU arrived) and it tested fine. If you’re interested, the standard rate is $18 and a rush order will run you $27.

May 01 2016 Tacoma Water Takes Steps to Find Where There's Lead in the Water

I can’t tell if you’re a troll, a parodist, or an actual insane person. Well done or get help.

May 01 2016 NWIW Halts Methanol Plant Development in Tacoma

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
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Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017 June 15, 2017 at 12:00 am Edit
Festival of Sail Tacoma 2017 June 8, 2017 at 11:00 am Edit
Old Town Tree Lighting & Santa Visit December 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturday November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
ONCE November 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Arts of the Fur Trade November 5, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm Edit
Candlelight Tour October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturday October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Arsenio Hall October 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Art Garfunkel September 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Museum Day Live! September 24, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Pioneer Days Festival September 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro September 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
‘Edgar Degas Horses’ art camp August 22, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
‘Painting A Story’ art camp August 22, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
Summer Bash at STAR Center August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturday August 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tacoma History Walk August 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
‘Drawn Beneath the Sound’ art camp August 15, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
BREW FIVE THREE: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival August 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Orientation August 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Brigade Encampment August 13, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Summer Bash at The Center at Norpoint August 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm Edit
Friday at the Fort August 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Summer Bash at Stewart Heights August 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Take a Spin August 4, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
National Night Out & Summer Bash August 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm Edit
Ethnic Fest 2016 July 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Kandle Sunset Cinema July 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Food Truck Fest 2016 July 24, 2016 at 10:30 am Edit
‘Sculpt Your Wild Thing’ art camp July 18, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
Drive-In Movies at ACM - Frozen July 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm Edit
Craft Saturday July 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Capital Indie Book Con July 16, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Tacoma Maritime Fest 2016 July 16, 2016 at 10:00 am Edit
19th Century Family Fun Night July 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Atomic Comicon 2016 July 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Sip, Swirl & Savor July 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
Tacoma History Walk July 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
‘Edgar Degas Horses’ art camp July 11, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
Little Black Dress Ride (Velofemmes) July 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Little Black Dress Ride (Velofemmes) July 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Out in the Park 2016 July 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Todrick Hall presents Straight Outta Oz July 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
‘Cartooning and Speech Ballooning: Peanuts’ art camp June 27, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
MANDY PATINKIN in Concert: Dress Casual With Adam Ben-David on Piano June 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
‘Sculpt Your Wild Thing’ art camp June 20, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
Authors Galore! Multi-Author Event! June 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Craft Saturday June 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm Edit
Heritage Foodways June 18, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Recess Monkey Family Concert at Charles Wright Academy June 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
2nd Annual Tacoma Waterfront Association Crab Feed June 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm Edit
Chamber After-Hours June 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
Lunch & Learn June 14, 2016 at 11:30 am Edit
Vashon Island Ride June 12, 2016 at 9:45 am Edit
Vashon Island Ride (Velofemmes) June 12, 2016 at 9:30 am Edit
Casino Royale June 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm Edit
NEON Art Party June 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Tacoma History Walk June 11, 2016 at 11:00 am Edit
Chamber Luncheon Featuring: Legislative Update June 10, 2016 at 11:30 am Edit
Race Night at ACM June 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
Lincoln to Parkland Bicycle Ride June 9, 2016 at 3:30 am Edit
Small Business Roundtable June 8, 2016 at 7:30 am Edit
If Cars Could Talk – Pacific Northwest Race Tracks, 1960s – 1970s June 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm Edit
Speak Up for Biking, Walking, and Transit June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm Edit
The Grand Cinema Free Member Movie Day June 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Wheels & Heels Annual Gala June 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm Edit
Rainier to Ruston 50 Mile Relay & Ultra June 4, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit
Growing Awareness – Private Shopping and Chef Demonstration June 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Growing Awareness – Garden Seminar June 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Small Business Roundtable June 1, 2016 at 7:30 am Edit
1950’s Bike Ride May 28, 2016 at 10:30 am Edit
Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema May 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm Edit
Amara Foster Care and Adoption Informational Meeting May 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Buddy Guy May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Bob’s Brown Night with Georgetown May 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm Edit
Bike Everywhere Challenge - Ride and Win! May 1, 2016 at 12:00 am Edit