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Each of the 10 items should attract a visitor to Tacoma.  For instance, a potential visitor would say “let’s visit Tacoma - I’d like to see that car museum” .  I can not picture anyone saying “let’s visit Tacoma - I hear they have good transportation there” or “Let’s visit Tacoma - we’ve always talked about visiting that Tacoma + Pierce County Visitor Chamber”.  What are these 2 items doing on this list?

May 24 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

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May 24 2015 Great Pacific, Vol. 1: Trashed! discussion at Destiny City Comics

I like your point. We should strive to be a healthy average city where people can work and live. And #10 on the list? Really?

May 24 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

From the Tacoma Power website:  “Our largest source of generation is hydro power from our seven dams on four rivers in Western Washington.” 
90% of our power comes from hydro.  I tried looking for a breakdown of which dams provide how much, but was unable to find it.  You may be right, that we buy a lot of power from BPA. 

Regardless, the broader point I was making still stands- Pollyanna predictions about the end of electricity like what ComedyFan was claiming are nonsense.  Climate change

May 24 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

They will eventually be condos, they just have to go through the 8 year tax abatement program with city.  Sort of like the Commencement transitioned.

May 24 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

I have been in Portland and in the very area I referenced after dark within the last two months.  It is simply not a savory area.  And as far as resteraunts, if I wanted your advice, I would ask for it.

May 23 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Actually, Tacoma buys a large share of its power from the federal Columbia dams—about half if I remember correctly.  Our locally-owned dams aren’t big enough to do the trick alone.  The Columbia system will keep generating a lot of power even after climate change really kicks in (those dams will hold up better in the dry season than Tacoma’s will) because Canada will keep getting a decent snowpack a lot longer than our Cascades.  But the system will generally become less reliable and more

May 23 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

So, what you’re saying here is that you haven’t been to Portland in about 20 years.  You should go check it out.  If you need some recommendations on places to eat, let me know.

May 22 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

That’s funny.  I think you place too much confidence in your predictions of catastrophe.  Again, do you have any sources to cite or is this your own cynical speculation, like your previous predictions of $20/gal gas or $100,000 car?

You also got your facts wrong here.  Tacoma doesn’t get its power from Columbia River dams.  It owns 7 dams on 4 rivers, all in Western WA. 
Changing climate may change glaciers and therefore water flow, but the data available leaves a lot unanswered.  You speak

May 22 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

It is the Tacoma rendition of Cabrini Green.  It will not attract professional couples for ecactly the reason you state. 

It is also going to be a wanna be hipster, but ten years too late, magnet.  And it is going to fundamentally transform The Proctor District from being a stable, owner occupied neighborhood that people move to to raise a family in, into a Godforsaken hellhole that will resemble the seedy areas around Powell’s in Portland that are all night tattoo parlors and hipster pickup

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Thanks for the correction. There used to be an outbuilding on the lot which is where I was making my assumption. Until there are tenants in those spaces my larger point still stands.

Found an interesting quote in one of the old TNT articles on the zoning; pre-Council Boe from 2006: “‘One size doesn’t necessarily fit all,’ said David Boe, principal of BOE Architects and a Planning Commission member. ‘Sixty-five feet in Proctor would be a huge building. On Martin Luther King Way, maybe it’s

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Yes.  Let’s say that the County decided to build the new County building in the Lincoln Business District proper, to the curb, with retail on the first floor, and a garage for use in the evenings by the public patronizing businesses there, I would be excited for the project.  It could have been done so much better but the needed vision, leadership, and effort wasn’t there.

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

I wish somebody would build a six story condo or apt. building with retail on the ground floor on the lots at 6th/Sprague/Division where the Walgreens and Jiffy Lube currently are.  Also where O’Reilly Autoparts currently resides on 6th.

Proctor was probably first because it’s seen as safe and desirable relative to other neighborhoods, but density in that neighborhood is less meaningful for equitable development in this city than would be similar development along Sixth.  And the argument

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Jim- Just to make sure all facts are in, the owners of the new development actually doubled the amount of SF that was previously there.

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

And to think it was only a couple of years ago the Tacoma Totem Pole almost bit the dust due to decades of neglect…..now it’s an unabashed driver of economic development.

May 21 2015 Help Restore "The Eyes of the Totem"

The Proctor District is getting what is technically a great few projects; dense housing, INSIDE the Business District, built to the curb, parking entrance in the back, with continuous storefront retail, etc.

The Lincoln Neighborhood is getting what is technically a horrible project in the County General Services Building; nine stories bordered by houses, OUTSIDE of their Business District, built like a “corporate campus” not far from the city, no retail, a draw to pull businesses toward it

May 21 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

For another $25,000 I’ll add words.

May 21 2015 Help Restore "The Eyes of the Totem"

I think people, including myself, are tired of the theatrics in cities like Portland and Seattle.  In my opinion, what will make Tacoma stand out is the normalcy that we experience here and that is what we need to continue to do, just be average and improve the heck out of our city for the people that live here now.

May 20 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

Correct, like exit 132 East and West.  The very first thing people see now off of exit 132 East is a big wall that could have been used for a welcome mural, but instead has terrible graffiti on it.  I just don’t get it, it is a perfect welcome wall into the Lincoln District.  What the heck is Marty Campbell thinking every time he drives by this wall?

May 20 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

“Affordable” is code word for section-eight housing.  It is going to be pot vendors occupying the first floor retail.  Keep you homeowner’s policies up to date and better have Protection 1 or ADT come out and make sure your home security system is maxed out too.  Welcome to the jungle

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

If the city agreed to allow parts of the wide median on North Mason Avenue to be converted into P-Patch areas, is there incentive for city government to then work with a developer to construct a building with some affordable apartments on the city-owned lot at N. 21st and Proctor that had once been proposed as a location for a new fire station but now serves as P-Patch.  It seems fair that where possible to use public policy to advance important social goals that the P-Patch site on Proctor

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Yes, that is a point I meant to state. Buses are far, far cheaper to increase the number and frequency of, and is a nearly instant fix for the transit problem. Agreed, light rail is orders of magnitude more expensive to build, takes decades to implement, and really is only appropriate for a few metropolitan areas in the county. Some places just do not have the geography to make light rail feasible. Nice in concept but not realistic. It is a shame that the powers that be wasted so much of our

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Well, the only reason the new buildings aren’t condos is there wasn’t a strong enough market to sell them. I don’t think it would have made the neighborhood feel any different about the project however. I’d guess the builders had handshake deals with retail renters before they broke ground… national chains have a lot of money behind them that mom and pop outfits can’t match. Cafe Brosseau can’t really expect to waltz in on the most prime comm. real estate in Tacoma, can they? They should buy a

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Proctor has been a neighborhood business district since before most of us posting here were born. It was “mixed-use” before the buzzword was coined, long before our esteemed city council decided to write trendy zoning regs to prove how trendy Tacoma is. What I see happening now is not progress, it’s apartments. As far as I can tell the developers have replaced established retail with less net leasable space (check the floor plan on their website) and if you caught the letter to the TNT from the

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

The problem about electric cars is if you replace all the gasoline cars with electric ones there won’t be enough electricity to power them.
Also the cost of electric power will become very high
Due to climate change (thank fossil fuel vehicles in large part for that) the rocky mountain glaciers that feeds the hydroelectric dams in Eastern Washington will be having less glacial melt every year due to disappearing glaciers.Eventually no Glaciers means no hydroelectric electricity and no Columbia

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

“If buses were more frequent, ridership would go up.”

Yes it would.  The problem is that there is a finite amount of funding that the public is ever going to make available for public transportation and Light Rail is sucking up most of that funding and wasting it building light rail that there is no demand for.  If there were demand for it, people would be willing to pay to ride it, but there is no demand and people are not willing to pay to ride it. 

Light rail proponents know that there

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

“If buses were more frequent, ridership would go up.”

Yes it would.  The problem is that there is a finite amount of funding that the public is ever going to make available for public transportation and Light Rail is sucking up most of that funding and wasting it building light rail that there is no demand for.  If there were demand for it, people would be willing to pay to ride it, but there is no demand and people are not willing to pay to ride it. 

Light rail proponents know that there

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Sure $20 per gallon of gasoline and $100,000 self driving passenger cars mere pocket change for your average Joe right?

Where do you get your numbers from?

Most self-driving cars will be electric, not gas.  Why buy a car when you can just go in on a car-share program?

May 20 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

“Even the most pessimistic estimates predict self-driving cars on the streets within 15 years.”

Sure $20 per gallon of gasoline and $100,000 self driving passenger cars mere pocket change for your average Joe right?

May 19 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

I’m also a supporter or the development going on there, and yes a streetcar extension to Proctor would be great, but would be decades in the future. To alleviate car traffic, how about more frequent, direct bus service from there to downtown/Tacoma dome station? I think the few buses that run in the north end only run once an hour. Nobody wants to wait that long for a bus to commute to downtown or connection at the dome station. If buses were more frequent, ridership would go up.

May 19 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

I sure hope that area gets razed and cleaned up as part of the I-5 widening, but if ckinney is correct and it is Tribal land, then I’m sure the land won’t be touched. The freeway will just be closer to it. Maybe the city can have talks with the tribe and grant money to persuade them to clean up. Seems like such a cheap thing to do to improve the image of Tacoma for visitors which is what the subject of this article is about. And this is certainly not the only area near highway and exits that

May 19 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

If I didn’t live here, I’d have to say that Cleveland (the mistake by the lake) and Detroit would be higher up on my list of US cities to visit.  Seattle and Portland are the cultural centers of the PNW, and that is okay.  Can we focus on improving quality of life for the people who live and work here rather than trying to “market” ourselves to tourists who would rather go up the Space Needle, drive to Mount Rainier, figure out where Grey’s Anatomy was filmed, and check out all the weirdos from

May 19 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

As an example, Portland paid $70m a mile for the Clackamas Green Line expansion in 2009.  It is along I-205 at grade a lot of the way.  Interstate Avenue MAX cost about $60m a mile in 2004.  Sound Transit estimates, in 2008, it would cost $3.6B to build Link from SeaTac to Tacoma.  That’s about $180m per mile.  It’s because they insist on building it all on bridges even though this stretch is relatively flat.  There is nothing wrong with Portland’s buildout… in fact it’s the envy of many

May 19 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Then why not along I-5?  Why not grade separated on HWY99 like Portland did on it’s HWY 99/Interstate Avenue MAX line?  There are better engineering options.  I mean, they’re building a bridge all the way (eventually) to Tacoma?  My god.  I don’t want to pay for that.

http://light-rail-big.blogspot.com/2009/06/portland-interstate-max.html

May 19 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

I think bike share is more for tourists. You can pick up a bike for pretty cheap in plenty of places and those who want to bike have bikes.

May 18 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

ST would have to buy the center lane of the Hwy from WSDOT, inevitable collisions with the train and cars going 50mph plus down 99 would rack up casualties, not to mention how many passengers ST would lose with people playing frogger trying to get to the train.

Pretty sure putting the train up in the air is the cheapest/safest/fastest option available.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

One new apartment complex near completion, and one in the planning stage. What’s the big idea? Are they mother-in-law apartments, or are they widower-grandpa meet & greet love lodges? Or maybe the buildings were designed to primarily house young families who have kids that may walk to school. I haven’t read about any sort of intended renters for the buildings. Even if the buildings housed a combination of all of the above types of people, then it seems that the personal character of the

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Yeah, its called endorsements.  Sort of funny though, none of them are putting their money where their mouth is as I don’t see one person on that list of endorsements that have given Hines any money.  I guess everyone was ga ga for McCarthy and thus why Hines dropped out of that race. Its all about the $$$$$$$$$.

May 18 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

Pretty sure that’s not true.  It is pretty apparent Ibsen accepted that he had a contested campaign on Friday from his FB page.  Not like you can realistically get someone to drop out of the race 2 days after filing. #drama

May 18 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

Moving from 7 to 1 was a smart move.  I’m sure he had some very good council to make the change when he did.

May 18 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

My labor rep told me that Anders was freaking out on Friday and Saturday and Facebooking and texting everyone to call John to beg him to drop out, sometimes using veiled threats or implying retribution if they didn’t. I’ll take the lament over that kind of behavior any day.

May 18 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

Sound Transit is a huge money waster.  Go look near Sea-Tac where they’re building an extension of Link all on a bridge.  The whole way.  They could probably build the Link all the way to Tacoma for the same cost if they built at grade down the center of HWY99.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Right.  That’s what I’m saying.  ST3 might pay for a line to 6th and Union.  Proctor would need to get from 6th to the business district.  Really though, I think it would be cheaper to rebuild the entirety of TCC in downtown than to run a streetcar to the current TCC location.  I am a fan of connecting the close-in business districts with streetcar but not the far-out reaches of Tacoma.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

“...Global Climate change and Ocean Acidification Global Holocaust thats actually happening in the Earth’s greatest sixth extinction event in geologic history due to human activity (motor vehicles and their moronic infrastructure are especially a large part of this ongoing global holocaust). Two LeMay Museums with one much more destructive and evil than the other (Hint it’s the car).”—RHTCCComedyfan

I’ll be the last man on earth to argue that exposure to Tacoma can lead to a defensible

May 18 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

And what if Sound Transit loses at the polls? Then what? Funny to be talking about 100 million per mile rail to only one small part of Tacoma as the roads fail and bus service to the rest of this fair city is slashed. Maybe it’s time to rise up and kick Sound Transit outta town? Tacoma taxes for Tacoma roads and Tacoma Buses! (to every part of the city). Support Pierce Transit and 100% local control.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Cost per station isn’t that bad.  A bus costs a lot more than $55,000.  Maybe it could be a joint project to improve mobility where bus service has been cut substantially.  Maybe Pierce Transit and the City of Tacoma could work together, jointly fund a pilot project or jointly apply for grant funding.  I could see a lot of applicability for this in the North End of Tacoma, where bus service has been cut substantially and on Hilltop, where there is the need for stronger neighborhood connections.

May 18 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

This is going to sound a little far-fetched, but I don’t think there is going to be much need for a streetcar in the timeline you envision.  Self-driving cars are on the near horizon. 

You can find the internet abuzz with articles about it, but the summary situation is as follows:

Google and Tesla both have plans for fully automated cars to be available to the general public within 5 years.  Google’s test cars have already been driving through SF streets for the last 5+ years.  Mercedes is

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

The first step to getting LINK to Proctor would be to get us to 6th Ave and Union.  That’s entirely possible to fund as a project in the upcoming Sound Transit 3 ballot measure.  Best way to do that would be to use 6th Avenue as a corridor to get to TCC.  S. 19th is another alternative to get to TCC, but that would likely preclude any spur to Proctor.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Ah, I’m not a 100% sure of all the numbers, but given the new Sound Transit price of what? 100 million ++ per mile for light rail? For the cost of getting rail to Proctor, we could repair every bad street in the North End.

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

It’s a lot utopian, but maybe all the new tax revenue created by these big apartment/condo/business buildings could be put in a special fund for the streetcar line that the city is hoping to one-day reach Proctor.  I would suspect that the 6th avenue line might be after the MLK line slated for 2018-2021(?). Proctor is about a mile or so away from the 6th avenue line.

http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/PublicWorks/Engineering/TMP/StreetcarHCTMap.pdf

May 18 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

Here’s a summary of the Lincoln District progress.  Nothing has been done, the place still looks terrible and the business owners continue to not clean up after themselves and it continues to be a slap in the face to the people of this neighborhood.  If you have money to cruise in a new BMW or Mercedes, you can spend a little on facade and help the people of this neighborhood that have been tolerating your dirty business for years.  Invest in the community that supports you and your buildings.

May 18 2015 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of May 19, 2015

Hines really complained about that? Weak.  I guess its get elected first, think of who your constituents are later.

May 17 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

One person who would not run away would be Robert Jesse Hill.
But then you would say something along the lines of God no not him!

May 17 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

Isn’t it interesting that when he doorbelled me several weeks ago, he was lamenting the fact that none of those people would endorse him because his opponent was Conor McCarthy and Conor is County Executive Pat McCarthy’s son. The politics in this race are very personal, and petty.

May 17 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

Running away?

The only person I saw “run away” was Ibsen, from his job when he decided he wanted to do something else (and then came back after he washed out)

The voters will decide who they want to represent them.

I really don’t want my councilperson to run away from a fight like Hines did against McCarthy; let alone for an open seat.  I’m not sure with this ridiculous notion to protect single family homes either.  Like we need another complication with Point Ruston.  This isn’t a

May 16 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

I really don’t want my councilperson to run away from a fight like Hines did against McCarthy; let alone for an open seat.  I’m not sure with this ridiculous notion to protect single family homes either.  Like we need another complication with Point Ruston.  This isn’t a game of Tetris, it is City Council.  You don’t get to pick where development happens beyond zoning.  We don’t need another person to take 2 years to figure out City government without understanding it.

Anders is his own mind

May 15 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

It is apparent that Anders Ibsen needs to go! He is extreme in his views and we need balanced governance in our city. We also need a leader with life experience to give informed opinions and make clear decisions. Tacoma is a dynamic city and our governance should reflect that. I’m very happy that Mr. Ibsen is not unchallengeable after all as even his own Council members are looking to unseat him.

May 15 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

I would feel better about Talton’s distant opining about Tacoma if The News Tribune had a business columnist who knew enough about Tacoma to engage him in a decent debate/discussion about Tacoma’s economic trajectory and role in the region.  Unfortunately, Talton’s TNT colleague (Bill Virgin) also knows more about Seattle than Tacoma.  They should hire a truly local business columnist.

May 15 2015 Seattle’s economic boom stronger than Tacoma’s

Potholes and pot shops and pot shops and potholes and if the City wants to add another cultural museum to highlight the cultural heritage here it may as well be the Tacoma/Pierce County Museum of the Culture of Political Corruption.

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

The Doombat has spoken!

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

We should host a Curtis LeMay “Dr Stranglove type” B-52,B-47,B-36 and B-29 Museum along with nuclear bomb displays right next to the Harold LeMay Car Museum. This would be like a tale of two doomsday themed museums.The Nuclear threat of the Cold War that never happened as compared to the Anthropocene,Global Climate change and Ocean Acidification Global Holocaust thats actually happening in the Earth’s greatest sixth extinction event in geologic history due to human activity (motor vehicles

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

This is great news, I’m a resident of District 1 and will be following up to see how I can help Mr. Hines’ campaign. Councilman Ibsen lost me when he abdicated his office in an unserious attempt to join the Marines (in his late 20s? Come on.) Closer inspection of his record didn’t help. Hope this seat turns over.

May 15 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

I second your comment about transportation. What Tacoma has going for it is a free streetcar (we can call it light rail all we like, but it is technically a streetcar) and cheap abundant parking throughout Downtown and most of the neighborhoods.

In all other areas our transportation is really second class. The state of our roads outside of Downtown is quite poor, our bus service is severely underfunded and inconvenient to use, and the Sounder is useless for anything but the commuting and the

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

Not a constituent of this district, but I am thrilled someone credible is challenging Councilmember Ibsen. I met him at an event a few months ago and found him to be rather insulting and offputting.

May 15 2015 Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

I live 2 blocks from Proctor Station (I can see it from my front porch), and am (cautiously) optimistic about the added density, since more people living in the district means more support for local businesses, more energy and vibrancy in the business district, and that’s why we live here!  My primary concern is the parking situation, which is already a bit tight in Proctor.  I very much hope that the City will do a parking study and figure out some parking mitigation measures.

May 15 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

#10 is a joke. “Beer” is a fun replacement. The wording of a few other items could be improved as well. How about “Five Unique Museums” instead of “Museum District” (which is vague and excludes LeMay and Foss Waterway Seaport). And “Free Light Rail” instead of “Transportation”. Add “Zoo and Aquarium” to “Point Defiance Park”. Maybe “Urban and Natural Waterfronts” to expand upon “Waterfront”. And “Shopping” is a stretch, maybe “Beautiful, Affordable Neighborhoods” or “Historic Neighborhoods”

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

I am excited for the mixed use businesses to open in Proctor and am even more excited that more development is in the process of planning nearby.  I work nearby and frequent a few of the businesses in Proctor.  Adding some density in the area with more shopping and dining options may make it worth our while to sell our large cheap suburban house and upgrade to a smaller, more convenient, and more expensive house somewhere near Proctor.  Somebody in Proctor who wants to live in an exclusively

May 15 2015 Proctor Building Boom of 2008, Seven Years Late...

If it were my list I’d drop #10 and add Beer.

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

Just be certain to be driving a Ford Raptor or equivalent unless you want to replace the suspension on your vehicle after driving around Tacoma.

May 15 2015 (Re)Defining Tacoma?

That area off exit 135 is part of the Puyallup Indian Reservation and owned by the tribe. It’s sacred tribal blight and there’s nothing anyone in Tacoma can do about it other than tribe.

May 15 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

I agree with the previous commenter. I actually live along the trail, next to the elementary school. We have a huge tree in the middle of the road. One side is for parking and the other side is paved. Well, it should be paved, but it has pot holes big enough that I can lay in them perfectly. I’ve had to have several repairs done on my car and many people ride in the parking section. The gravel/parking is messed up so you even find people driving up on the sidewalk and grass.  Anyone who parks

May 14 2015 Water Ditch Trail: Share Your Thoughts

I like Find Yourself in Tacoma. I was actually at the airport when I saw it. It is concise, it just works for a young, growing city like Tacoma and it doesn’t make us sound like some desperately sad oldperson at a bar experiencing a mid-life crisis who is trying too hard. You can’t copywrite the term “Find yourself” because it isn’t a gimmicky phrase. It’s simply two words in the English language.

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

@BKing - I have often wondered about that area near portland ave and I5 too.  Will the freeway/HOV expansion project cause that area to go away?  Is that why nothing has ever been done about it?

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Exactly! The memory that my relatives had of a visit to Tacoma was the number of marijuana shops too! Those are far more prevalent than Starbucks, which visitors expect but don’t see many of.  I wander if the city has licensed that many shops, if so, they REALLY need to cut down if you want to improve the image of Tacoma. Likewise, the image people driving by on I-5 see is of abandoned buildings covered in graffiti. One specific example is at exit 135. Why is all that blight allowed to stand

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

When South Tacoma and the East side are completely densified (with ugh rental units) in the future it will be the Central district,Hilltop,North End (starting to happen already in the Proctor district ),North East end and West Tacoma’s turn to be redeveloped.No wonder that people want conservation disctricts but the more well to do will have just be next on the list.Sorry but all the private homes and classy properties won’t exist anymore,It will all be densified Stalin era type apartments (you

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Precisely!  If the powers that be here have ever had an original thought it is a well kept secret.

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

I talked with a relative in Missoula Montana a few days ago whose neighbors had visited Tacoma recently.  What impressed them most about Tacoma and was most memorable (at least this is what they shared with their neighbors when they returned home)  was the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries.  Sometimes up to four on one city block.  They stopped in Tacoma for a couple of days on a return trip from the Oregon coast because they wanted to visit Bass Pro Shops and the Lemay Auto Museum.

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

“Welcome to Seattle”, with an image of the Emerald city skyline and the Space Needle in the backdrop is what travelers on foreign flights first see when they enter the U.S. Customs waiting area at the South Satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Will Port of Tacoma Commissioner Don Meyer who has recently become cranky about the proposed maritime alliance with the Port of Seattle that operates Sea-Tac gain concessions from his King County peers that Tacoma be given more recognition

May 14 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

REJECTED CAMPAIGN PHRASES

1)  Find Your Way Out Of Tacoma, Before It’s Too Late
2)  Lose Your Innocence In Tacoma
3)  FOUND: Your Favorite Roach Clip In Tacoma

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Must be some old photos you’re looking at.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

Ripoff of California’s long running “Find Yourself Here” ad campaign.

Plenty of examples on YouTube.

Or is the lack of originality intentional? 

 

 

 

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

I’m not sure why John Talton or anybody else would compare Tacoma to Seattle—they are two different places. He could have written about how the real estate market in Seattle has overheated and crushed the dreams of many blue collar families who have lived that city for generations. In some ways, the economy is actually better here in Tacoma, even though we don’t currently have the huge growth of King County (yet).

May 13 2015 Seattle’s economic boom stronger than Tacoma’s

Although I think John Talton is a smart guy and does good research, I find that he leans too heavily on statistics, which, I admit, is his job. Because of this reliance on statistics, he is often good at providing insight into things that are already happening but often misses the mark when he makes predictions, which is why I don’t really find this article all that important. It really just highlights the shortcomings of statistics to predict the future and the real ignorance of Tacoma that

May 13 2015 Seattle’s economic boom stronger than Tacoma’s

You would need mid drive type motors for like the N 30th street -McCarver street area hills in North Tacoma.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

It’s going to happen anyway.
Southern California is already under severe water restrictions and it’s predicted that Los Angeles along with most of the Southwestern United States will become mostly uninhabitable sometime in the 2030 decade due to climate change.Mexico city will become uninhabitable before then by the year 2028.
Basically that means all those climate change refugees will be coming up north with all their climate disaster creating mobile fossil fuel machines.What does that mean

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Bikes with electric assist for the hills in town.  Otherwise only true athletes are going to attempt those hills in town.  But i agree this is actually premature.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

Tacoma is on the up and up!!!

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Add in the Mayor’s proposal to chip seal the City streets and this proposal is a non-starter.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

I like it! This features one of the less-known sides of Tacoma (for those who just drive by on I-5)—the incredible waterfront.

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

Hello, We are happy that people are noticing the ads at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. These ads were actually produced by the City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office as part of efforts to promote Tacoma during the U.S. Open. The “Find Yourself in Tacoma” ads that the City of Tacoma placed were designed to complement Travel Tacoma’s “Fearless Exploration” ads that also appear throughout the airport. In addition to the ads the City of Tacoma placed, the City of Tacoma’s Media

May 13 2015 Find Yourself In Tacoma

I say this as a year-round bike commuter who is 100% in support of bikes: This is premature. Build more and better infrastructure for bikes. This proposal sounds like something officials want because it sounds attractive, not because it actually serves a need.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

Was it like “pretty awesome” as opposed to “totally awesome.” 

Frank Zappa - Valley Girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-LArv-sEQU

There’s a subtle genius in language that has been wiped clean of almost all content. Nobody has to risk expressing a real thought or sentiment. Bland affirmation is an impenetrable defense. No one can object. As Syme, the language specialist in charge of shrinking the dictionary in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” put it, “It’s a beautiful thing, the

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

I just used a bike share in Denver for the first time and it was pretty awesome.  Took about 2 minutes to use credit card to get the bike the first time, then about 30 seconds each stop thereafter.

I agree that Tacoma’s hills make it daunting, but I appreciate the sentiment about these things taking time.

One bright spot is that the cost is comparatively low; without getting into numbers, a failed bike share is less of an expense than a failed trolley up the hill, or failed light rail etc.

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

This is a piece from TIME.

“Most new services take many years to achieve profitability. The New York system, for instance, has caught on quickly with New Yorkers, but is still in the red, despite $30 million in revenues since its launch and millions in sponsorship funding from Citibank and Mastercard. The hope is that as the kinks get worked out of the system, and more people learn about it and decide to use it that it will become self-sustaining.

But the latest news of Bixi’s bankruptcy

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

“Here in Barcelona the problem is that it’s a beach front city that goes up in the hills. Everybody rides their shared bike down the hill to the city center in the lower level. Nobody rides the bike up, mainly because it’s a proper workout to do this. As an effect, all the bike racks at the lower level are always full and at the higher levels they’re always empty. A solution the bike share organisation (Bicing) has implemented is to have trucks with hangers collect bikes from the lower level

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

Sometimes I look at photos of Beijing, China downtown intersections filled with hundreds of bicycles; and I close my eyes and cross my fingers and whisper, “What would a Tacoma-style bike share look like?”

May 13 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

What can eliminate the difficulty of steep hills is a bicycle (specific) funicular or like the Cyclocable bicycle escalator in Trondheim Norway which is a very small apparatus or just a regular funicular.Downtown Tacoma SHOULD have funiculars for pedestrians anyways as the hills are a nuisance.
Funiculars are rarer in the United States but more common in Europe.
They could be smaller and much less expensive though.

A simple bicycle funicular just as an example can be made with a rope with

May 12 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

First we need an A Street Cycle track with separate signal phases for cyclists; similar to the 2nd Avenue facility in Seattle. It would connect to the Prairie Line trail at South 15th Street and connect to the Stadium Way bike lanes via Fireman’s Park and S 7th St. That would provide a good bicycle facility at a reasonable grade for the entire length of Downtown.

I don’t necessarily think you need huge out of state tourism numbers to be successful. You need visitors, but folks from University

May 12 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

Failing governmental entities always try to distract attention by occupying the population with unimportant matters while neglecting important ones.  Expect this dynamic to only get worse as our infrastructure crisis worsens. 

May 12 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?

“the Tacoma City Council Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee”

Ha, ha! 

“Any suggestions for a Tacoma-style bikeshare?”

Yea, pay attention to restoring our failed pavement infrastructure.

May 12 2015 What Would a Tacoma-Style Bike Share Look Like?
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