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Absolutely it’s a good thing.  I agree.  But, I’ve seen things like this implemented in a way that makes a patient’s care tied to a mathematical equation - which is notoriously done in hospital systems to create formulary.  There’s so much more to a patient than that.  Mathematical equations ignore the reality of a patient’s lifestyle, psyche, ability to cope with disease, and on and on.  Things like this are a pitfall for people with engineer brains who make management decisions at hospitals -

July 16 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

I work in the healthcare field and talk to hundreds of providers every month.  I know the industry.  This tool, in theory, is good.  But, the most important thing about medicine is that it is practiced; one size does not fit all.  That means that every patient is different.  Their tolerance for pain, anguish, or whatever else ails them is different from patient to patient.  This allows or disallows medical providers to choose their line of therapy tailored to the patient.  This tool is a way

July 15 2014 How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

KOMO 4 just said that Tacoma won the votes and will be facing off with a few other Fire Departments in a trivia and physical challenge soon.  A new opportunity to vote, they said, is in the near future.  Good job Tacoma Fire… and thanks for keeping us safe and sound!

July 10 2014 Tacoma Fire Department Struts Its Stuff

You sound like my Mother.  She visits me every so often and basically tries to guilt me into giving her money to live on.  She talks as if she knows my income and budget.  She tells me that I can afford different things that aren’t on my radar for spending.  She really doesn’t know anything about my finances but she certainly seems ok with dictating what and where my money should go.  She ends up looking like a foolish know-it-all. 

What I’m saying is; don’t be a Mother.

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

I’m perplexed how the City Council could vote on many of the proposed charter changes considering some of the changes they threw out had to do with their own interests.  Doesn’t self interest in a proposition mean the Council members need to recuse themselves?

July 01 2014 Charter Changes: Apply to Write For & Against Statements

Portland is working on a street fee to fund maintenance work on roads and bridges.  They’re passing it without a public vote, which is probably what will need to happen in Tacoma considering a street levy hasn’t been passes since the 1960’s here.
Basically, they’re charging businesses and residents a fee for how much road they’re using.  That is, if you live in a condo in downtown, you share a portion of street with several other people and therefore pay very little fees.  If you’re way out in

July 01 2014 11th Street Bridge Will Close to Traffic

Does anyone live in this neighborhood now?  Granted that the transit situation is great there, it’s somewhat cut off from the rest of downtown and completely cut off from the waterway that happens to sit literally a stones throw away.  Raise building height limits and move the railroad so this area is actually on the water.  Dredge out most of the land east of the Puyallup river into an inner harbor (ala Victoria) so that water and boats can be seen from walking any street in south downtown and

June 22 2014 Tacoma Dome Transit Oriented Development - Who's Interested?

I hope they can find a solution where it stays downtown.  It’s one of the really vibrant businesses in the core.

June 03 2014 Future UWT Plans May or May Not Include The Spaghetti Factory

How is McMenamin’s inability to get financing for this project the City Council’s fault?  Please explain.

The city actually offered a parking garage when this project was coupled with a larger apartment complex in it’s original plans.  That’s capital (against the financing) for a project that would bring decades of tourism and tax revenue and a nice ROI.  McMenamins was, according to news articles, indifferent about it.

June 03 2014 McMenamins News for Bothell, Not So Much for Tacoma

Great news!  The trick now is to fund the extension before the ride fares go into effect in September 2016.  A new fare will cut a percent of riders giving Sound Transit a convenient reason to slow their roll on the extension and spend their resources elsewhere.

May 23 2014 Free Ride to Continue on Tacoma's Link

Make it an auto mall or something else entirely.  For retail, it’s currently old and without room for all the tenants that might want to be there.  The layout of the area currently is situated so it kills off the ability for a rebirth of 56th/S. Tacoma Way and Lincoln business districts to ever become anything great without a HUGE injection of density.

Then, start fresh and rebuild a modern mall at I-5 and Hwy 512 in the suburbs where a mall like this belongs.  Build a second city mall in the

May 21 2014 (Re)Planning the Tacoma Mall Area

Businesses haven’t located in Tacoma because it’s not nearly as pretty, interesting, or sustainable as Seattle.  Why pay almost as much in Tacoma when you can locate in Seattle and have a beautiful view of Elliott Bay outside your window?  Tacoma overlooks the port.

Is it no coincidence that Tacoma’s boom (1873-1910) lasted until about the time the port went from a view of sailing ships docking in beautiful tide flats to an industrial view of spewing stench and tilt-up buildings?

Hell, the

May 21 2014 Finding the Right Job-Housing Balance for Tacoma

Erecting poles…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDqsgbtpDLk

May 09 2014 Two Landmark Poles for Tacoma

As long as it doesn’t stink.

May 01 2014 Port of Tacoma Authorizes Preliminary Lease for Natural Gas Processing Plant

Angle parking = businesses

Great news!

April 29 2014 Shaun Alexander & Justin Kercher Bring "Do The Extraordinary" Clothing Line to Tacoma's Pac Ave

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 09 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

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

April 03 2014 Crowd Funding a Possibility for McMenamins Elks Project

I worked for a non-profit activity based youth program for many years.  I had this area as part of my territory.  I could not give away activities for the youth there because their parents would not be involved.  Sorry, but Tacoma, and this area in particular, are regionally notorious for a lack of parental involvement.  If this project hinges on parental involvement to make it work, save your money.  Harsh but true.  Sorry.

Plus, I have a real question; how is this building going to do

March 28 2014 Eastside Community Center Feasibility Study

Go to the local grocery store and look around.  Look at the people, the store, what they’re putting into their carts, and what type of personalities they might have.  Those people will be your neighbors.

This theory saved me from a move to Port Orchard when I first moved to the area.  Whew!

March 28 2014 Advice on Moving to Tacoma

Everyone is doing such a great job on this.  A linear park will draw (already has) investors wanting to build along the park with housing and restaurants.  Can’t wait to see what unfolds!

March 24 2014 Prairie Line Trail Planning Gathering Steam

In my perfect utopian world, the current mall gets turned into a new car auto mall similar to the one in Vancouver, Wa.  Then two malls are built to replace the current one - one in downtown and one at the corner of 512 and I-5.  A mall at 512 and I-5 is more likely far enough away from downtown, South Tacoma and 56th, and Lincoln as to not canabalize their shopping districts while drawing more from Lacey, Lakewood, and Puyallup.  Sorry… I’m off on a tangent…

March 24 2014 "Tacoma's Auto Row" Becoming Official

What stops dealerships from moving to Fife where they can have freeway frontage and zero B&O tax?  The B&O tax on new car, with it’s high cost and somewhat low profit margin, can eat up a lot of money when a dealer is selling a few thousand of them a year.  Used cars, however, have larger profit margins as a percent of sales price.  So, long term, what kind of dealerships will be on South Tacoma Way?  Used cars… while the (nicer) new car dealerships will continue to locate to Fife and simply

March 24 2014 "Tacoma's Auto Row" Becoming Official

Conspiracy!!!

March 20 2014 Comment on Five Mile Drive Closure to Vehicles

Tacoma needs some real pioneers in transit.  The perfect solution is here!  The romance of the handsome cab without the guilt or dander of the equine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBSgpHQO-J4

March 19 2014 Is Uber Coming to Tacoma? (UPDATED)

Huh.  I was thinking how nice the view here was without the restroom sitting right at the end of the street there in Old Tacoma.  I think the area is esthetically improved without it.  Hopefully this is being built farther south on Ruston Way than the old one…

March 18 2014 Work to Begin on Old Town Dock Restrooms

Not to be a total poop, but I wish this were being built downtown on top of Park Place North.  You can’t win em’ all I guess.

March 18 2014 Work Under Way On New Movie Theater at Point Ruston

Love it! 

What does $38m buy as far as housing units?  The Henry, being built on the Foss right now, has 161 units at $32m so I’m guessing about the same number of units for this project?

Could they sell the Pierce County garage thingy on Pacific Avenue and the tire warehouse too?  Do you know what would be cool?  A bar in the electricity substation building and courtyard.  Exciting!

March 18 2014 More On Possible Brewery District Development

Regarding #2:  Although I am not a fan of one-way streets, sometimes I think they actually do make sense.  On South Tacoma Way and Washington Streets between S 60th and S 42nd, perhaps having those streets branch off into one way streets would serve well.  It would provide angle parking and really wide sidewalk room right on South Tacoma Way, angle parking outside of South Park on S Tacoma Way, wide enough sidewalks for bistro seating at restaurants, and new traffic on Washington that would

March 13 2014 Tacoma's Strategic Direction for 2014

The city could build a gondola on 11th Street that stopped at Foss, Pacific Ave, Tacoma Ave, and MLK.  Crystal Mountain did an awesome shorter one for $8m.  What would a new library cost?  A library wouldn’t do as much for the city either…

It’s all a pipe-dream but fun to think about…

February 21 2014 A New Library for Hilltop?

If only Tacoma could get the railroad freight trains redirected up the hill parallel to the Sounder tracks instead of across the Foss waterfront… Then we could take out the I-705 Freeway north of South 21st Street and make that all surface streets.  We’d have a more true waterfront downtown.

February 21 2014 The Future of Urban Freeways Is Playing Out Right Now in Syracuse

These are nice little things that the city can do.  However, the big things like revamping streets, creating B&O free enterprise zones to attract more businesses, and cutting red tape for new and historic (re)development projects will take a new City Charter. 

Amp up the city with a strong accountable Mayor, full time City Council members, and a utility and infrastructure division that can be used as an actual asset to a stronger Tacoma.  Up the utility rates of the peripheral communities to

February 21 2014 A Safe, Clean, Attractive Tacoma

Isn’t the main library branch five blocks from 11th and MLK - the heart of Hilltop?

February 21 2014 A New Library for Hilltop?

Likely shopping in downtown will not return during my lifetime.

January 29 2014 Wells Fargo to Relocate Main Branch

I would like to see a downtown mall on the large vacant lot across 13th and the first two floors (or more?) of the Wells Fargo building as a department store.

January 29 2014 Wells Fargo to Relocate Main Branch

That sucks.  It was such a fracas to get a grocery store in the first place.  Perhaps they’re ahead of their time.

January 23 2014 Tacoma City Grocer to Close

The garages need to be well labeled with consistent signage, graphics, pricing, hours of operation, etc.  I’ve lived in the area for years and still don’t know where these city garages are and what it costs to park in them.  In my hometown, they have “smart park” garages owned by the city and they’re all consistent in price, hours, payment types accepted, etc.  They’re easy easy easy and therefore people use them.

January 22 2014 Public Parking: Discuss (UPDATED)

Perspective needed:
http://www.cysewski.com/seattleweb/tacoma/

January 19 2014 What goes in your time capsule?

In my new time capsule:
1.  A pothole.
2.  Streetcar promises.
3.  Pictures of vacant lots.
4.  Pictures of vacant storefronts.
5.  The B&O tax.
6.  Half the City Council’s unemployment status.
7.  Hotel Murano’s attorney budget.
8.  Red tape.
9.  A Frisco Freeze cheese burger.
10.  Fred Davie.
*Please note that this would be the most disappointing time capsule to open because nothing in it will change in the next 30 years.

January 16 2014 What goes in your time capsule?

Streetcar Cost Savings: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/utopia-tacoma/streetcar-cost-savings-pccii-and-the-classics/1469265586633923

Downtown Route Alternative: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/utopia-tacoma/downtown-streetcar/1469273386633143

Enjoy!

January 06 2014 Link Expansion: Choosing an Alignment

Am I the first comment?  Wow… you know I have to say something about this….

First off, a couplet is:  A single direction track on one street and a single direction track on another street that goes in the opposite direction two streets over.  Like B2 shown in the picture.  Transit extremists hate them because of their one demential view that everyone should ride transit and that the fastest possible route is the best option.  A block’s worth of walk or a transfer to go in the opposite

November 14 2013 Tacoma Link Expansion: Fine Tuning Begins

A hotel?  How about the recreation of the Tacoma Hotel that burnt in the 1930’s?  But put it on the bluff overlooking the bay, port, and Tacoma. This would be a huge point of pride for the city is think.

October 04 2013 Retail, Restaurants, Access in Plans for Point Defiance

Billy Shirley was shot at 5:30 in the morning. Are you saying that he could have been at a low paying starter job at that time?  Is it the low end minimum wage slum lords job to make sure there are no idle hands among Tacoma’s youth?

October 02 2013 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 1, 2013

Any Grandmother will tell you, “Idle hands are the Devil’s tools.”  Ever heard that?  Community Centers occupy time for these kids.  No study needed.

If “equitable services” for the east side residents equates to money, than they probably have their share right now in entitlements.

October 02 2013 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 1, 2013

Oh ya, I vote for the cool gothic light fixtures, like the ones on Pacific Avenue, painted in black, for the entire downtown grid.

October 02 2013 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 1, 2013

Now there’s going to be a transportation master plan, perhaps a lighting master plan is in order.  As if the (about) thirty different types of lighting types in downtown are not inconsistent and bad enough, now they’ve decided to start painting them different colors.  What message does this send to outsiders?  How about possible new businesses or transplants?

October 02 2013 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 1, 2013

This is already the nicest grocery store in town.  I wonder how they can improve on that…

September 28 2013 Major Remodel In the Works for Metropolitan Market

I “like” The City of Tacoma on my Facebook account.  This went out the other day as if they were bragging about it.  In fact, this is ok but the competitor for Puget Sound business is Seattle and they’re #9. 

So what if I were selling my product each day and informed my clientele that my products are the second best in this market when all things are considered.  Would I sell a whole lot of that product that way?  Should I be a proud sales representative and make sure and use that as my

September 27 2013 Tacoma: 65th Out of 200 for Business & Careers

I’ve heard that to pay for the new pay to ride program, it will take 4-12 years to recoup the money.  Is that worth it?

Also, why id the parking garage for this free and the Link is going to be a pay to ride service.  I know the garage is owned by Pierce Transit and the Link is run by Sound Transit but you’d think they could get together on this and charge for parking in the garage instead.  I mean, aren’t they after a dense downtown?  So why would they have a parking subsidy for suburbanites

September 27 2013 $1 Fare to Ride the Link

Big problems require big solutions and until there are some leaders willing to at least shoot for greatness, none of these issues will be solved.  The regressive conservative mantra of a utilitarian only form of government certainly won’t solve anything either.

Microsoft is just an example of a business the city could have recruited during the “most wired city” campaign and infrastructure improvements.  They could have had as little as a few employees here to hundreds - a lot of businesses and

September 15 2013 Economic Development: An End in Itself?

They should charge for parking in the parking garage instead.  It would be less punishing for those who chose an urban lifestyle.

September 12 2013 Tacoma Link Fare Proposal

What a great idea!
I used to conduct a tree plant for youth through the Boy Scouts when I lived in Portland.  We’d plant hundreds of trees in one day with our army of youth and volunteers helping.  Maybe the city can partner with a group like this and get trees planted en mass without paying for city staff to do it.

September 11 2013 Get Your Own Tree

Please read the website address for this site about 10 times out loud.  Do you still wonder why they aren’t covering stories outside of the downtown region?

September 09 2013 Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 10, 2013

I drove through here about an hour ago.  They did a beautiful job.  In fact, since everyone knows how bad this was before this project was done, perhaps it can be the poster child for what kind of infrastructure downtown needs to succeed.  It should be used as before and after examples for the 2% ballot measure coming up for vote.

September 04 2013 New & Improved Stadium Way Open to Cars and Bikes

Tacoma Screw Clear Channel… Dome.

September 04 2013 Name That Dome... Take 2...

What holds back Tacoma’s economic development?  Blaine nailed it with selecting the right quotes from folks.  From the mall killing downtown, shopping missing, security issues, perception, lack of infrastructure, B&O tax, JBLM and it’s transient society, the location and personality of the port, etc.  But, there’s one thing missing.  That’s the fact that Tacoma is so often “managed” and not “lead.”  So often you see a decision come through that’s analyzed from the perspective of a spreadsheet. 

August 31 2013 What Holds Back Tacoma's Economic Development?

I wish the City would buy this back and make it City Hall again.  They could build an annex across the street on the parking lot to the west.  I think that would be the only way there’d be guaranteed upkeep on this building through the decades.

Maybe then they could retrofit the Medical Arts Building into something else.  UW dorms maybe?  Office space?  A place for all of Devita?  Whatever…

August 26 2013 Old City Hall Designated as Dangerous Building

...and you are simply not able to rebut anything I have posted and are starting to melt down.

No, I just work for a living.  Having longwinded pissing matches online isn’t productive.  I’ve shared my thoughts.

August 23 2013 Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 20, 2013

Aren’t they basically saying that this company wants the property to break it up into pieces?  I thought the beauty of this property was that it’s so big that a developer could build a catalyst project for the area…

Who did the city ask to buy it?  What did they do to get who they want as a developer?  Did they try to go get who they want so they could get what they want on the site?  Did they ask developers what they would need to get an ideal plan done and ask them how it could/should

August 23 2013 City Receives One Offer For Premier Development Site

I am not an asphalt expert but I used to field a shocking number of questions from engineers, architects, and other people who should know as much as me about concrete and masonry.

August 20 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

Once upon a time, I was a concrete expert.  True story.  I worked for the most respected supplier or concrete repair and construction materials in the region and helped supply many projects in Portland.  I bid and sold nearly all the materials to TriMet projects, ODOT, and the various cities around the Portland area including streetcar, the Hawthorne Bridge reconstruction, and many of the Pearl District projects.  I know what I’m talking about when it comes to identifying concrete and masonry

August 20 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

That’s not more expensive than an overpayment? 

Overlay, not overpayment.

August 19 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

The difference between a street built pre-automobile and post-automobile is huge!  Are you kidding?  An asphalt or concrete street built on top of cobble stones or brick will not last due to the layers having different expansion and contraction rates.  The layers separate sooner than if they have the right underpayment for their type.  That’s much of the problem downtown.  Look at the webbing on Fawcett street.  It’s because the asphalt has lost it’s elasticity due to age and the layers are

August 19 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

Can we take one of those trees across town and plop it in Fred Davie’s front yard?

August 19 2013 Hilltop Diversitree Project Brings Foliage to Hilltop

I have been to The New Takhoman blog a few times and won’t go back.  It is the most disrespectful place on the Tacoma blogosphere where one can get their belly full of negativity, conspiracy theory, and backwards “news” from the most ignorant people in town.  So, no thanks.

August 19 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

I went downtown last night to have dinner and check out the Block Party event.  On my way home, I approached the traffic light at Sprague and 6th heading west.  The light was red so I stopped.  The sun was low in the sky and glared directly at me like only an evening sun can do.  As I approached the light, I couldn’t see the stop line.  I saw the crosswalk there but thought it was way too early and was fixated somehow on an asphalt patch that looked like the stop line.  I stopped too far into

August 18 2013 Tacoma's Prop 1: What Do You Need to Know?

Great news from an independent business!

August 16 2013 The Red Hot Moves on to Bigger and Better

My call:
1. Fares go into effect.  Conservatives celebrate.
2. Ridership falls. 
3. Link loses more money.
4. Expansion gets postponed.
5. ST3 has no rail in it for Tacoma.  Sites lower trending ridership.
6. Sound Transit uses more of the remaining $50 million (already down $29 million from promised) left for link for more “studies”
7. It is announced that link will not be expanded to MLK because all the money is gone.
8. Tacoma ultimately gets nothing, rail-wise, from ST2 or ST3.

This cost

August 13 2013 Sound Transit Considers Implementing Link Fares

That’s because a Ting is not built to last.  It has to be rebuilt every so many years at a significant cost.

August 08 2013 New Funding for Chinese Reconciliation Park Phase III

“Received an update on the performance of Tacoma’s parking system and a preview of upcoming parking initiatives.”

For some reason, this makes me think of the new County building that’s proposed at the old Pierce County Hospital site.  The claim is that it won’t be built downtown partly because they’d need a parking garage downtown and they don’t need one on the hospital site.  To me, this represents an opportunity for the City.  Why can’t the City work with the County to build the appropriate

August 08 2013 Tacoma City Council Meeting - August 6, 2013

I’m curious, is there a tax you’d ever be ok with?  Is there anything on earth that the government could do that’s worthwhile enough to you for ANY tax, fee, or increase in your cost of living?

August 02 2013 Challenge Filed to Utility Tax Ballot Measure

From what I understand, Tacomans would pay about $5 more a month.  That money is doubled by the people outside of Tacoma in the TPU tax as they’re going to chip in $5 as well.  That makes about $10-$11 million all in all.  That is considered seed money to land federal, state, etc grant money to the tune of $30 million more for a total of about $40 million a year worth of road work, for which Tacoma residents pay only $5 million for.  Is that right?  If you’ve ever bitched about the condition of

August 01 2013 Challenge Filed to Utility Tax Ballot Measure

Government is slow by design.  To flip houses, and make money, you have to do it quick unless the houses are free.  Are the fixer houses free?

July 30 2013 City of Tacoma Considers Getting Into Flipping

Whomever or whatever teams are in charge of density and economic growth for the downtown area really need to take a bow.  You guys are doing a fantastic job.  It seems like there’s a new project announced weekly!

July 26 2013 Imagine Tacoma: A City Garage?

Just another thought… Tacoma has not the best reputation outside of itself.  I know, it’s shocking.  It has a reputation of grittiness, crime, and desperation - from what I’ve gathered as someone who’s not originally from Tacoma.  So, could it be compared to Compton, CA. as far as crime perception?  Maybe in the late 1980’s but now… maybe.  Some people outside of Tacoma still have this perception of it.  So, what if you opened a website for Compton and its tagline was “Fearless Exploration.” 

July 25 2013 Fearless Exploration: A New Brand Identity for Tacoma & Pierce County

Fearless = Tacoma is still to be feared, but chance it anyways
Exploration = You’ll have to look hard for the good stuff

Really?  When I read this, I immediately thought of the “Where’s Herb?” Burger King campaign that’s studied in practically every marketing class in college.  Not sure why…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where’s_Herb?

July 25 2013 Fearless Exploration: A New Brand Identity for Tacoma & Pierce County

Introducing 980 employees to an area of single family residential is better that putting them in the downtown grid?  What about the economic impact it would create downtown?  Look what the State Farm deal is doing for downtown… that isn’t a factor?

July 25 2013 Proposal Would Relocate Pierce County Offices to Old Puget Sound Hospital Site

@Hunter George:  Was the economic impact of both the Ladenburg proposal and the hospital site examined?  I am sure that the local economy would get more of a jolt, over the next 50 years (or however long the County is there), with the Ladenburg site in the form of employees living within walking distance in denser housing, employee lunches out on the town, etc.

As well, the parking lot in a new building downtown could be used for commerce parking on the weekends for the up and coming

July 25 2013 Proposal Would Relocate Pierce County Offices to Old Puget Sound Hospital Site

I read in the paper that Simpson-Kraft (the paper mill) would have a $500k increase in their electric bill if the 2% increase was passed on to them in a utility bill.  First off, are their utilities really over $2m a month?  And second, if that plant were to go away, would that be a bad thing?  There are jobs and commerce there but how many new residents and jobs have that stink plant cost Tacoma?  Sure, it doesn’t stink a lot anymore but an outsiders perception is reality.

July 24 2013 Tacoma Considering 2% Tax on Utility Earnings for Road Repairs

I don’t see the “Narrows” area as a viable mixed use center, but if the city concentrated on the other seven “Neighborhood Centers,” that’d be great.  The mall and the Community Centers have all been built out to serve car centric culture as they have a suburban feel (see also; strip malls) to them.  They’ll never be “walkable” unless Tacoma triples it’s population and needs that land to build actual mixed use buildings on those Community Center sites.

Also, with seventeen mixed use centers,

July 23 2013 Mixing Up Tacoma's Mixed-Use Centers

I like the old Ladenburg plan of building the consolidation site across Tacoma Avenue from the City-County building.  If you’re going to consolidate operations, why not consolidate operations?

If you can’t even get the county to build in the downtown grid, then… I give up…

July 22 2013 Proposal Would Relocate Pierce County Offices to Old Puget Sound Hospital Site

As long a they don’t redirect current road funding elsewhere, but add this money to it, this is a great deal.  Why not double the tax and bury some utilities while they’re at it?

July 18 2013 Tacoma Considering 2% Tax on Utility Earnings for Road Repairs

I am merely pointing out that food dollars are the easiest way for a person to spend their money locally.  I’m sorry you didn’t redneckognize my point.

July 18 2013 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

If only there could be this kind of excitement about locally owned businesses…  Have you tried the crab bisque at Over the Moon Cafe?  How about a Mike’s Deluxe at MSM?  The Happy Hour menu is amazing at Pacific Grill and Stanley’s.  A hot dog at Red Hot?  Perhaps a Lucky Seven sandwich at Hal of a Sub?  Sushi Revolution is good… and cheap. 

Spend your food dollars wisely.  I personally like the places run by my friends and neighbors because I’m not interested in living in “Anytown USA”.

Did

July 17 2013 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

Awesome event!  Kudos to the people organizing this. 

Couple this with an art bizarre/sale and some music every Saturday (April to December) and you have a Saturday Market.  I’d love to see that happen.  The Graffiti Garage/Broadway/South of Elks parking lot would be a great place for it too.  McMenamins sponsor for seed money?  If there were someone interested in doing that, I’d help on the committee.

July 16 2013 Moveable Feast: Food Carts in Tacoma

Oklahoma City = fried veggies

July 09 2013 Tacoma: One of America's Fittest Cities

I’d like to see a lot of reconstruction of streets in the entire downtown.  The 30 different types of streetlights, roads without sidewalks, etc. really hurt Tacoma. 
So when is the $40m reconstruction slated to kick off?

June 27 2013 South Downtown Subarea Action Items

What do the leading experts say?  Go with that.  Stop trying to reinvent solutions to issues like this.  Tacoma isn’t “special” when it comes to solutions for urban problems.

June 26 2013 Possible Changes to Some Downtown Parking

Seventy thousand more people by 2040 in north downtown?  Wow.  It’d be nice but is it achievable?  That’s 2600 people added a year.  Where are they going to put them all?  This deserves a “good luck with that.”

June 24 2013 Scoping: North Downtown Suabarea Plan & EIS

“Get off my lawn!”

June 18 2013 Gibson's Frozen Yogurt Truck: Coming Your Way

Is this the place?  Is now the time?  Weyerhaeuser has 480 acres in Federal Way to partition into business parks or a brand new Quadrant Homes (Weyerhaeuser owned) neighborhood.  Profits from selling the house lots alone could buy a new headquarters in Tacoma… and the housing market is starting to pick up again.  Great idea and article below.  Time to revisit this?  City of Tacoma, go ask them what they’d need from you to move home.

June 18 2013 On The Market: Tacoma's Premier Development Site

If employers can avoid paying for this in Tacoma by moving to UP, Fife, or wherever, they will.  In fact, the business I am working for is thinking about opening up another Puget Sound location.  Because of the B&O taxes in Tacoma, we may end up in a close-in neighboring community.  Adding another tax (it is an indirect tax) will seal the decision to locate elsewhere.

We offer sick time off and vacation time.  But, to be boxed into something like this takes away options for us if we ever need

June 16 2013 Tacoma City Council Meeting - June 11, 2013

How about the Sharp Project, Jay Heights, and the rest of the Marcato?

June 11 2013 The Metropolitan Phase III to Start Soon?

Time to get the condo map back out?  Geez, lots of great stuff popping in T-town!  Good stuff!

June 11 2013 The Metropolitan Phase III to Start Soon?

If plans include food trucks or any service vehicles, than maybe the trail should have a parking space or two where the streets are.  I’d like to see restaurants with outdoor seating along the line and perhaps outdoor seating laws in Tacoma, and along its sidewalks and streets, need to be changed to include the realistic ability for businesses to use sidewalks for their food service and retail wares..

June 11 2013 Should the Prairie Line Trail Include Parking?
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