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“Lemme have a dozen of the atherosclerosis, 1 dozen of the diabetes and 1 dozen of the clothes don’t fit anymore”

August 28 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

To continue to operate this place as is without considering the use of the ballroom or upstairs penthouse is just more of the same. More low income housing filled with crime and does nothing for this historic property…such a shame!

August 27 2015 Historic Winthrop Under New Ownership

Le Donut does great! The reason Proctor Station is so important isn’t the retail, it’s the promise of bringing new well heeled residents to town. Those new folks increase the amount of money on the street and that drives retail. The Hilltop is a retail graveyard. There is barely enough money on MLK to support the (un)Safeway.

August 27 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

Upper Tacoma is a figment of a former neighborhood council’s imagination, but Hilltop Top Pot has a nice ring to it.  Not that Le Donut doesn’t serve the neighborhood nicely…

August 26 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

If Top Pot is going to profit from the neighborhood resident demographics of Proctor, have the courage to open the next Tacoma store along Martin Luther King, Jr. Way at S. 11th St. to serve lawyers and doctors and related staff at the nearby county courthouse and hospitals.  It would bring employment, healthy street activity and retail excitement all so needed for that neighborhood.  Is Top Pot a charity? No.  Could it be a seed for economic renewal there is the real estate lease was

August 26 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

That would be great to see bike patrols.

August 26 2015 Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

Talk?  The pictures of the drug deals, the witness of stolen items by police volunteers, the gun shots and direct threats from the dealers for those willing to take a stand!?!  Talk, or start anther worthless program to avoid action!?  How about a program called “Listen”?

August 26 2015 Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

Hey, you know we’re getting bike patrols in the Lincoln District? Plus we have the best CLO out there.

August 26 2015 Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

Get out of the cruisers and walk the business districts. That is the only way that police will interact with the community and see what we see on a daily basis.  People have been telling them this for years, I don’t know why they are so against it.

August 26 2015 Tacoma Police to Community: We Need to Talk

Any idea the progress on this?  Have seen those properties still listed recently, not sure if that’s just because the government moves slow on things or if it actually fell through.

August 25 2015 More On Possible Brewery District Development

So if you thumbs downed my response does that infer that you deny that there was back and forth dialog between the principals in Prium and local politicians?  Do you deny that campaign contributions were sought and made?  Do you deny that local politicians do not seek the endorsement of and contributions in dollars and in campaigning of The Alf and that The ALF does not endorse and actively campaign for local politicians?

As for the financial shenanigans etc that Prium had as their business

August 25 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Cure-alls cure nothing. The list of ailments that pot supposedly cures or treats is longer than my arm. It’s pure snake oil.

Medical marijuana was a band-aid. Not for actual medical problems, but for our country’s broken drug laws. Now we have recreational pot, so go have your fun. Stop with your disingenuous “medicine” BS.

August 25 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

I did not respond until now because I have been in North Central Washington the last couple weeks. 

As for “prove it,” well how about you start with Tom Price and Hyun Um of Prium who were on every local politician’s speed dial?  Then we can move onto the roster of Senior Fellows at the Tacoma/Pierce County Chapter of The American Leadership Forum.  I am not familiar with a single major scandal in the last two decades in Tacoma/Piece that has not involved at least one of the Senior Fellows

August 24 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

You need to post phone contact# bold on this page

August 22 2015 Temporary TAGRO Shortage

The IRP meeting on Wednesday is at the utility from 2pm to 5pm.  Correction to the announcement by Councilman Ibsen.

August 20 2015 Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 18, 2015

Dough nut be put off by the comment of some lettuce-murderer, Top Pot. A warm welcome to Tacoma! Yum!

August 19 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

Best comments ever!

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

What on earth is going on in this comment thread?

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

I love you too!

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

I love you honey

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

OK

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

No, I will come home, but don’t let Jared eat all the lemon bars before I get there.

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

OK what?  About the diarrhea?

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

OK

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

They are still pretty fresh, made ‘em last Friday.  Not gonna give Caleb no more milk ‘cause he gets diarrhea so bad and I hate having to clean out the back of the celica.  Come home!

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

Honey, I will come home on 1 condition, if you apologize about the “fat guy” jokes at bowling league and if you agree to feed Caleb more milk.  When did you make the lemon bars?

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

Paul, come home, we miss you!  I have your favourite lemon bars!

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

I agree “doughnuts are poison” but it is the kind of poison I want stuck in my abdomen- forever!!!!!  Dear Top Hat Donuts, welcome to Proctor Station!  Now if there only had Stake Donuts!  That would change my life!  I am high on life and those pills I found at grandma’s old place.

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

Doughnuts are poison.

August 18 2015 Top Pot Doughnuts Coming To Proctor

The timing is perfect for those wanting more regulation resulting in new avenues for prosecution. Believe it or not there is a fairly functional system existent within present control regimes. But imagine how shutting down the primary avenue for patients to get their non-state grown medicine - at the height of the growing season - will put pounds of medical grade cannabis on the street and market outside of any control mechanism.

August 17 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

The lack of vision and leadership by this Mayor to protect and acknowledge the rights of the ill and create an environment of health and prosperity will be one thing history remembers about her tenure. Rather than find a fair way to keep 60 new business working and contributing we will strangle the emerging market and resource.

Why not take the apparent need coupled with a cooperative diverse patient population and leverage the “Medical Mile” community to study the effects of cannabis as a

August 15 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

Don’t worry here are many of the non-union places to get some legal and lethal drugs in Tacoma…many of them are open 24hrs a day…with a drive thru!

http://www.rxlist.com/pharmacy/tacoma-wa_pharmacies.htm

 

August 15 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

Each day, 44 people in the United States die from overdose of prescription painkillers provided by Doctors, Pharmacists, healthcare professionals or stolen from friends and family.

Medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates. Further investigation is required to determine how medical cannabis laws may interact with policies aimed at preventing opioid analgesic overdose.

Since comprehensive research about cannabis is illegal under

August 15 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

Here is the latest review article about the use and efficacy of medical marijuana.  Out of 79 recent studies, there are none with high quality evidence.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26103030/?i=3&from=medical marijuana benefits

If you would like to review medical studies and discussions about any therapy, Google “pub med” and it will bring you to a website with a search engine where you can investigate practically anything medical - a site that Docs, Pharmacists, and healthcare

August 14 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

I don’t know the exact numbers but a large majority of pot shops never bothered with a business license or any State or City taxes. The City is willing to work with any shop that’s willing to fallow the new State regulations.

August 13 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

Will King Strickland declare there are too many churches in Tacoma? With un-unionized pastors?

Too many grocery stores?  Too many bars, car repairs shops?

Was Adam Smith referring to King Strickland when he talked about the invisible hand and the free market deciding how many stores there should be?

August 13 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

we need more low income housing for low income people. we would like to live in a decent place

August 13 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

there needs to be more housing in Tacoma for low income people

August 13 2015 Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 11, 2015

Ridiculous that Mayor Strickland decides what is and isn’t in demand.

Also, if the pot shops didn’t have a business license and haven’t paid taxes in years, why the hell are they still there!!!

These moves by the city to “crackdown” are asinine and incompetent every way you cut it. 

August 13 2015 City Moves Forward to Close (Most?) Unlicensed Marijuana Shops

It’s called pragmatism.  Try it sometime.

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Um, they extend service at the request of the Tacoma Dome all the time. It depends on ticket sales. I can’t recall the exact threshold, but over a certain number and they run both trains until everyone is gone from Tacoma Dome station.

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Sounds like a blast! Can’t wait to read what else you have coming up. Keep up the great writing!!
Love,
Mom

August 12 2015 Let’s Get Out and Celebrate Beer this Weekend!

Prove it.  Show me friends and family and long time business associates of politicians who are benefiting from the current plan.  You have a habit of throwing this junk out there yet have never been able to give one shred of evidence to support yourself.  If you can prove it, I’d love to hear it.

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Link to the Mall yes, link to TCC yes, link to Olympia and Seattle, hell yeah.  A frigging u loop on my tax dollars and everybody else’s so you can joy ride.  You are writing about this as if all of a sudden people are going to get on this route and people will have a destination.  Where does this thing go.  Do you think a nurse after a 12 hour shift is going to ride this thing, some will, most will get in their car, turn the radio on and forget about the world.  Most people have things to do

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

You do know that as millions are being pumped into this train that runs less than 3 miles, Pierce Transit has cut back bus service around the County due to budget shortfalls? And as a guy living in East Tacoma, there rarely seems to be enough money in Tacoma for anything on this side of the freeway, even though we have the highest ridership of transit. What year was ST1 by the way? And all we currently have in Tacoma is 1.5 miles of light rail? Looking that the rate that Sound Transit is

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

As a Tacoma resident, I’ve paid more in transportation taxes for all modes than that poor guy on some farm or whatever the hell JD Hasty is talking about. Lots of criminals use roads dude. Let’s never build any more.

I get it some of you just don’t ever want to pay for anything if it doesn’t personally benefit you. Tough, that is not the place we live. I pay more for the roads that poor guy on the farm uses than he does. He pays nothing or next to nothing (depending on where his farm is) for

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

I’m sympathetic to your priorities, but a) why leave $ on the table from ST 2 that’s supposed to g to a particular project for a particular purpose; and b) advocate for other mobility fixes in the ongoing discussion about ST 3.  The choice is leverage ST and federal $ for a good but not great local extension or get nothing.  Pushing for nothing is not good for Tacoma.

August 12 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

There was no value judgement in anything I wrote. I never said whether I was for, against, or indifferent. I actually have never favored this proposed alignment. I was just explaining the numbers to Jim C who may not have been aware of some of the more recent grants through no fault of his own. The project is not $50million short as it currently stands.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Did you just read what you wrote?  $165m for a track that makes a U to nowhere.  Who thinks that is ok, it all comes from US taxpayers.  It does not matter if it is not Tacoma money, it is American money.  Some poor bastard somewhere in a farm that can barely make ends meet has to pay for this joy ride of yours, the single mom that pays taxes in Chicago has to pay for your pet project.  We all have to pay for it, might as well make it go somewhere.  Read what you just wrote and then tell me

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Thanks for the numbers, Dan. So that’s still about a fifth missing, between a fifth and a sixth. $165m is an awful lot of money to spend on something that’s not really necessary.

There is no mobility problem in Tacoma. There is, however, a HUGE mobility problem on all the roads leading in and out of Tacoma, which most people who live here have to travel on to get to work every day. I have sent my opinion to the city several times, every time they’ve asked for it: any money spent on a Link

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

You are wrong that the move to old City Hall is only based on aesthetics. Having a station in the middle of a block has serious implications for the station’s walkshed. Anyone walking to the station from east or west is automatically forced to walk an extra half block than if the station was placed at an intersection. A person in the middle of another block must walk a U shaped route instead of an L shaped route. This results in a midblock station reaching fewer people within the same walking

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

$50m Sound Transit 2 voter approved funding + $75m Federal small starts grant + approx $13m various federal grants from Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) competitions = $138m.

I believe the last estimate I saw for the full length with all stations was $165m. That leaves a $27million deficit presently. 2016 will hold another PSRC grant competition where the link is likely to compete quite well.

When all is said and done, I don’t expect the City to foot much of the bill.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

You can have a trolley bus with the electric cables take that ridiculous U shape route all day long back and forth and it will be cheaper than what they are going to spend here on light rail.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Yeah, you’re right Jim C. Sound Transit is looking at taxing us for 12 to 15 years to start to build less than 2 miles of new track. At the current rate of expansion the train will make 6th Ave in 47 years or so?

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

This is not responsible stewardship of public transportation dollars.  It is all about feathering the nests of friends (i.e. campaign donors), family and long time business associates of of people with connections to Tacoma/Pierce County politicians.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

I recall seeing a map during an early scoping phase for the link extension that showed it could be extended south down J St., and continue down Center St. and Jefferson Ave. to form a loop with the existing line. If that is true, J St. must be at a slope that can theoretically be negotiated by Tacoma Link streetcar technology. That means that a southern extension that takes J St. downhill and reaches Yakima Ave. via S 28th St. could be built. The link could then be extended to the Lincoln

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Isn’t the funding for this extension still nearly $50 million, or a third of the total cost, short? I recall reading the hope that the city could cover the gap with a combination of public/private funding but if that money were actually attainable would we have heard something about it by now?  Is this a wish list kind of exercise?

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

The purpose of a 6th Ave. alignment would not be solely to reach TCC. It would hit population and business centers along 6th Ave., and then could in the future turn north towards Point Defiance. TCC is only a small part of that.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Hmmm…..  Portland,

Let’s try a quick internet search: 

WOW, 188,000 hits

Let’s take a look at the first three

New MAX line might not be the ‘crime express’
http://pamplinmedia.com/cr/24-news/113181-new-max-line-might-not-be-the-crime-express

Well doesn’t that sound reassuring?  Kinda’ like “jump off a two-story building and you might not break your neck.  Then again you might. 

Crime on the MAX
A 71-year-old Sandy resident was beaten with a baseball bat at the Gresham Central Transit

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Why is the track doubling back along MLK? Busses go up and down those hills….

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Dude who funds Federal tax $, grants, and sound transit? I do. Last year the city raised my property taxes to fund an aquarium I will never visit. This year they want to fix potholes. Stick to the important stuff like potholes and not pet projects like light rail in the shape of a U to avoid walking up a hill and funding aquariums.

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

So ya’ decide to go to a Dome event and before the event you go to a restaurant downtown with your five-year old daughter and take the stupid little Tacoma Trolly to the Dome event then back to your vehicle after the event?  You might get to the event on Tacoma’s toy train, but if it is an evening event you are walking back to your vehicle after the show.  The damn thing doesn’t run after Dome events.

The jackasses running the show here can’t even manage weekly garbage collection or maintain

August 11 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

And… Tacoma Avenue is lined with larger lots than MLK.  That means that there’s room enough to build apartment/condo buildings that easily pencil out on one lot - instead of having to collect lots over decades.  Even the Rose Center, when they came to town, thought that “you should get creative to serve an east-west (straight up the hill) corridor of 11th street to MLK.”  But that ship has sailed….

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

True but to get to TCC would cost $600m for the build-out.  That’s likely more than the replacement cost of TCC if it were rebuilt downtown… so, IMO, it’s a ridiculous notion to build it that far out 6th for the reason of linking TCC with UWT.  Just my opinion…
But hey, I lobbied to get it built down Tacoma Avenue so it could be expanded to Lincoln and the mall.  That would put Lincoln in between two very active hubs on the line and making it a coveted streetcar business district once again. 

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Which majority? Oh you mean the ones that said something about it in favor of the route.  This should be a tool to better people that need to get to work.  Not for bar hoppers, joy riders or people that chose to live on a hill and now can’t figure out how to get down.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

So the link expansion is a real estate investment?  You should run for council, you would do very well here.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

How many times does this issue have to be revisited??  The Transportation Commission is recommending the most logical and economical approach, while serving the largest number of potential riders.  A station location at 4th and Stadium is essential to serve the large populations along Stadium Way. Secondly, moving the Theater District Station to a location in front of Old City Hall is a waste of resources and is apparently based more on aesthetic considerations than on what best serves the

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

An alignment that goes up 6th Ave towards TCC would still go up the hill without making an inane U shape.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

So let’s say the worst case scenario comes to fruition and Tacoma only achieves 3:1 ROI instead of an ROI like Portland’s 60:1.  I’ll still take it especially considering most of the costs are paid for by Federal, grants, and Sound Transit. 
Since most investments come within three blocks of the tracks, it’s no wonder the current light rail through Tacoma, that acts like a shuttle from a parking garage to a business district, hasn’t achieved as much - there’s no realistic place to build

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Portland is a city….. Tacoma is a town. Looking at our tax base and history of the LINK (2.5 miles in 25 years) Light rail as been a bust in Tacoma. Time to give it up and try something new. We need our own solutions to transit and growth, not re-hashed ideas from Seattle and Portland.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Weird postings here today… You guys do know that Portland built $100m worth of Streetcar in the late 90’s and had a $3.5b-$6b ROI (depending on who you ask).  I’ll take that bet any day.  That’s why so many cities actoss the country are trying to copy it.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Irrespective of if it is five blocks or fifteen blocks there are entire areas within the ST Taxing District that have nothing to show for the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been taken out of their neighborhoods.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Gosh, you’d think nobody lived on the South side of the freeways. East Tacoma and Edison shouldn’t pay for a train that serves only Downtown and North Tacoma. Let’s work on getting every area of the City better bus service and just say no to light rail. That train costs upwards of 75 million a mile. Buses are cheap and the public doesn’t have to wait 10 years of 1.5 miles of track.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

It’s about 9 blocks uphill from Commerce to MLK.  That’s about a mile.  Since it’s a steep hill, a person exerts three times the energy to hike it, so it’s just like going three miles.

How many populations can’t walk up and down that hill?  Scratch that… How many populations going to and from a hospital system, as found on Hilltop, can walk that hill?
This is a great route for Link.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

When is the next meeting on this boondoggle? It needs to be stopped before it is too late.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

So how do you do it now? Do we have to give you millions of dollars so you can travel that distance in a more comfortable manner?  Here’s an idea, don’t move to a hilltop.  How have you managed to live life until now.  Oh no what would I ever do, I need a light rail system to justify my poor decision of moving to a mountain top.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

JDHasty it looks like much more than five blocks uphill to MLK especially from Commerce street and Pacific Ave.Take a look at the map for a change.Some of those downtown Tacoma hills can be pretty brutal too (not an easy walk especially for the elderly or those with physical disabilities).

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Why isn’t the light rail going up Division, down Sixth to Pearl and then down Pearl to the Zoo?  Recently rode this light rail, and was incredibly impressed.  Easy access to and from the airport from East Valley and easy access to downtown Tempe, and downtown Phoenix area sights and entertainment.  Lots of people on board with their bikes, I felt like I was in Portland. Also, two dollars a ride…yup TWO dollars.

Sorry I forgot to include the map

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Why isn’t the light rail going up Division, down Sixth to Pearl and then down Pearl to the Zoo?  Recently rode this light rail, and was incredibly impressed.  Easy access to and from the airport from East Valley and easy access to downtown Tempe, and downtown Phoenix area sights and entertainment.  Lots of people on board with their bikes, I felt like I was in Portland. Also, two dollars a ride…yup TWO dollars.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

“sometimes I wish I could get down the hill a little easier”

Well there are entire populations who reside within the Sound Transit Taxing District who would like something to show for the revenues that are being extracted from their budgets to fund regional public transportation.  What about them?  I would like an answer. 

You are sniveling about walking five blocks uphill and there are entire populations who are forced to pay for this fiasco don’t have anything at all within a ten mile

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Have you ever tried to walk up the hill towards MLK? I enjoy walking and biking around Tacoma but sometimes I wish I could get down the hill a little easier.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

$15.60/hr. They’re not deputies.

I agree with your larger point.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Perhaps this might help to explain it. 
Tacoma Armory to host marijuana trade show and seminars — and a cannabis competition
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/marijuana/article30549480.html

I believe the walk from one terminus to the other is 1.5 miles.  The average human pace is recognized as 3.1 mph .  Out of deference for those whose math skills may be a little rusty, that’s about a half-hour walk.  The Tacoma Link Light Rail will NEVER be able to achieve that time even if one

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Because this is Tacoma.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

Why are they making a U shape? What a waste of money for this. I wonder how much it costs to pay the sheriff that sits on it all day to monitor the few people that use this.

August 10 2015 Link Expansion: Plans Move Forward, Questions Linger

This proposal to add density is coming from a City that is so inept that they cannot maintain the pavement or pickup garbage on a weekly basis.  They are unable to perform the most basic government services and Tacoma residents are pay the close to the highest taxes in an what is a very high tax State. 

How about the City focus on improving service delivery of basic functions of local government to above third-world standards before we talk about anything else, particularly adding more burden

August 09 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Your rant about experts & coercion is unnecessary and your leap to name calling is immature.

My comment simply highlights the concern that increased design review should not come with a requirement to build in a popular style over a creative one. It should attempt to encourage a diversity of quality development without a prescriptive style.

August 08 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Meh, your simplistic statement is more wrong than right.  There is a moderate correlation (which doesn’t equal causation, as any high school sophomore could tell you) between total crime and total population.  But the relationship between density and crime rate?  You’ll have to cite your sources.

“the relationship between crime rate and population size was not constant, i.e., it depended on the group of jurisdictions involved in the study.”

source:

August 08 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

We can have affordable housing, or we can have nice neighborhoods.  Not both.

Density is OK in nice neighborhoods; with affordable housing, not so much.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

I’d like to see very energy efficient less energy consuming more resource friendly owner occupied micro houses on small lots rather than rentals.Why not $50,000 micro houses with land especially for single occupancy. I think that there is less crime when its owner occupied and there is more pride in ownership vs not caring very much about others when you’re a renter.A person can downsize,take pride in being more Earth friendly rather than a have it all consumerist resource hog whom doesn’t give

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Tacoma Ave. is such an amazing avenue.  I could totally see condos left and right all the way from Wright Park to the bridge leading into the Lincoln District.

Lincoln Hard

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

I’m not sure how we’re “missing” these building types; take a mental tour of the city.  There are apartment buildings throughout Stadium and the North Slope, the West Side, the Mall, Central, downtown, Oakland/Madrona and so on and so forth. I observe a high concentration of subdivided houses (duplex/triplex) in the UPS neighborhood, 6th Ave, East Tacoma, Hilltop, and I’m sure others can point out more. Yeah, there aren’t many 65-foot midrise structures in our neighborhoods but that isn’t what

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Zoning, by its very definition, is exclusionary “I’m better than you” ideology. It leads to separation, dare I say defacto segregation? At minimum economic stratification is a result—- then all of the associated problems follow along. You don’t need “gates” to have a gated community, just civic policies that fence people in—or out.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Go ahead and thumbs down what I posted, you still know I’m right.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

You have also succeeded in exposing your bigotry by taking a swipe at individuals who enjoy Thomas Kinkade artwork, he was a particularly popular and successful artist whose had an immediately recognizable style to it.  It is not a style that I appreciate, but it most definitely was a style that more people freely chose to spend their hard-earned money on than practically any artist of the last half century plus.

Kinkade was also universally panned by “experts.”  Back in the day, a person

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Oh I can guarantee you you will not have that to worry about.  If this is passed this is what you can expect:
http://www.yelp.com/topic/seattle-seattles-ugly-condos
http://seattlebubble.com/blog/2011/09/21/how-long-will-seattles-ugly-townhomes-last/

Everything Seattle does Tacoma politicians and bureaucrats will emulate a decade later.  By the way, what exactly are a “Thomas Kinkade like design requirements.”

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

I mentioned the 4-6 story buildings because that’s likely what you’ll see built downtown and inside the business districts - it’s the “missing middle” as suggested in this article.  It’s ok though.  Paris is the most beautiful and culturally significant city on the planet and there’s hardly a building over six floors.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

I love it. I think this is the right direction for improving vitality in our neighborhood centers, reducing sprawl and improving culture. I hope the design review is going to acknowledge modern design. It should not be geared toward Thomas Kinkade-like design requirements.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

There is a positive correlation between DENSITY and CRIME RATE, particularly violent crime RATE.  Who know it?  The rates of violent crime rate are especially high when density combined with “affordable” housing are considered.

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing

Who knew that there was a correlation that more people = more crime!?!

August 07 2015 More Housing Variety, More Affordable Housing
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Aimee Mann & Billy Collins April 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Saturday Night Fever April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
PostSecret: The Show April 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Hawaiian Kings of Swing: Kahulanui March 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Star Chefs on Broadway: Super Superhero Society March 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Edit
The Producers March 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
The Lightning Thief February 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Black Violin February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Film Focus: Royal Wedding February 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! February 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Valentine’s Day show! L.A. Theater Works’ Bram Stokers’ Dracula February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm Edit
Pianist Robin Spielberg February 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Film Focus: Charlie Chaplin in “The Rink” and “The Kid” January 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm Edit
Paula Poundstone January 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils January 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Inside RadioLab with Robert Krulwich January 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Fanny Ara in Juncal Street Flamenco January 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm Edit
Ye Olde Merry Holiday TV Spectacular December 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
70th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - a FREE community event! November 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm Edit
Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience November 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm Edit
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang November 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm Edit
Jewelry Making - Beginning Jewelry / Metalsmithing November 14, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Los Lobos with special guest Leroy Bell & His Only Friends November 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Veteran’s Day Concert! Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band November 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Friday Forum: Save the Date! November 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Film Focus: Night of the Living Dead October 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Audra McDonald October 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm Edit
Alice in Wonderland October 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm Edit
Craft Saturdays October 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
Jewelry Making - Introduction to Casting October 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm Edit
The Tacoma Poetry Festival October 16, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Green Tacoma Day October 10, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Johnny Mathis: A Benefit Concert in Support of Arts Education October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Hunger Walk 2015 October 4, 2015 at 2:30 am Edit
Lewis Black: The Rant is Due: Part Deux September 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
QUEEN - It’s a Kinda Magic September 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens & Power of Play Lunch September 24, 2015 at 8:00 am Edit
World Trade Center Tacoma’s Annual Pacific Northwest – China Trade and Investment Summit September 22, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
All About Steam Weekend September 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Tacoma’s Lumins Festivus September 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
Pioneer Days Festival September 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
All About Steam Weekend September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
Oliver! September 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm Edit
Park(ing) Day September 18, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Sunday Parkways: Downtown to Defiance 2015 September 13, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration September 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm Edit
Tacoma Scavenger Hunt, Live Event September 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm Edit
South Sound END AIDS Walk September 12, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
APCC Kimchi Workshop Series 2015: Kimchi Dishes September 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend September 11, 2015 at 11:00 am Edit
ProtoNext - Meet the Artist @ The Swiss September 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Jewelry Making - Basic Skills: Soldering Wire Jewelry September 5, 2015 at 10:00 am Edit
Try The Bus with Rep. Kilmer September 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm Edit
Minimum Wage: $15 / $12 or none? September 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Park(ing) Day Open House September 2, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit
Peeled Bananas Comedy Night Open Mic September 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm Edit
Jewelry Making - Beginning Jewelry / Metalsmithing August 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm Edit
Bike to a Business: Cosmonaut Coffee August 1, 2015 at 7:00 am Edit
Scavenger Hunt- Play Any Day on Your Phone July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am Edit
Rollin’ 253 Summer Day Camp June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am Edit
Meditation Hour - Every Monday Evening Starting January 1, 2015 January 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm Edit
2015: Year of the Bike January 1, 2015 at 12:00 am Edit