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Who wouldn’t want paid sick leave? That’s like saying who wouldn’t want hot lunches for orphans. So whatever the case, the money is not likely coming from some benevolent good witch.

The money is coming from the unwashed masses. That’s right. A vote for paid sick leave is a vote for a cost of living tax—-A regular guy tax. The cost of goods and services will increase in order to pay for any cost of doing business, including wages and benefits. No business owner will pay out one red cent of

October 31 2014 City Council May Consider Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Tacoma Businesses

AMENDMENT 13: Background Checks On All Internet Based Illustrators. VOTE YES.
“It’s A Matter Of Visual Justice.”

October 25 2014 How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

I read the News Tribune viewpoint by Seago and Seinfeld, and found it helpful in defining the issues. Their conclusion is that the current council-manager form of government, if abandoned, would lead to a submersion of quality service for citizens.

Regarding Proposal 8, is it possible that the council sees a need to extend term limits because history shows that Tacoma’s individual council members rarely represent the form of a vigorous independent character who has the experience of a

October 20 2014 Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the manufacture and distribution of arms is a significant economic driver.

Likewise true, sometimes bad things happen to good Tacoman’s.

Let modern science and technology record the confused intuitions of uncivil servants in favor of capitalism under an authoritarian regime.

September 22 2014 City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

SPOILER ALERT.
There is no Smokey Bear. Smokey does not exist. Literally speaking, everything we say about Smokey is false. Smokey does not work for the U,S. Forest Service. Smokey does not roam the wilderness wearing a campaign hat, blue jeans, and carrying a shovel. Smokey is not a messenger of fire prevention.

But, we can say that there is a story we tell about Smokey Bear; and in that story it’s true that Smokey has those characteristics.

However, if someone thought that in the story,

September 18 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

If cars are outlawed, then only outlaws will have cars.

September 15 2014 Help Fix Tacoma's Residential Parking Permit Program

“The bear is currently sleeping off the tranquilizer dart in the Metro Parks parking lot.”

Special care was taken to not disturb nearby employees sleeping off recreational tranquilizers.

September 14 2014 Black Bear Captured Near Puyallup Avenue & Dock Street in Tacoma

Smart questions, real questions should lead us well into the more practical problem: How can Tacoma acquire more public money to rebuild with style, finesse, and with a flourish?

September 07 2014 10 Ways Tacoma Can Improve Its Economic Outlook

Let’s all try to think this through. For starters, let’s assume that the City of Ruston can’t easily call a bank or a hard money lender and set up a line of credit. Yet, the City of Ruston has options. The former Ruston Way tunnel may be a potential asset.

When I read that the developer of Point Ruston has moved the site of an economic generator, a multiplex theatre from Ruston to Tacoma, the thought came to mind that maybe Tacoma could also gain by relocating the Ruston Way tunnel to the

August 18 2014 Point Ruston Threatens City of Ruston with $150 Million Lawsuit

August 11, 2014. Detroit Free Press staff writer Robert Allen.
Three suburban teenagers accused of spray-painting downtown Detroit buildings were arraigned today in Wayne County Circuit Court…The three teens are accused of spraying images such as hearts and the words “Welcome to Detroit” on buildings June 22 at Michigan Avenue and Griswold Street… Each of the defendants is charged with one count of malicious destruction of a building $1,000 to $20,000, a felony that carries up to five years

August 11 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

Whatever one wants to call/name the graphic expression accomplished at the Broadway Garages, or call/name whatever the Fab 5 accomplished in a likewise private setting, the consequences of those actions have nothing to do with graffiti, as the term is commonly understood.

It’s important to make a distinction between form and content, and furthermore distinguish the sphere of operations.

August 08 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

If a form of graphic expression defaces public property, say hosing City Hall with Silly String, then the Fab 5 gets a $10.00 commission to hose Starbucks corporate headquarters cubicles with Silly String, could a case be made that the Fab 5 are influencing the culture to a significant degree?

August 07 2014 Making a Statement: Tacoma Says "Enough!"

Aside from your commentary and mine on this topic about what is good for the culture, every other commentator claimed that the way things are is the way that things ought to be—the situation as it stands, cultural pluralism with its variations of truth, ought to be sustained and equated with a proper, correct, and viable way to think and act.

That relativistic view, championing unlimited personal preference and cultural differences, sounds all nice and fluffy, but it’s just bad thinking.

July 31 2014 "In God We Trust?"

I’ve been commenting on this blog since May, 2008.  I’ve sold cars in Tacoma since 2009. I’ve owned and operated a communications business in Tacoma since 1990. Whether any of that kind of action is useful or not is a relative question. So there are some things that are relative.

Just the same, there are some things that are absolute. For example, an absolute fool.

July 29 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“...tackle the REAL issues that plague this city.”—Sid

The realm of opinion by which most people define reality and make judgments and decide actions is a REAL issue, and a worthy target of philosophical inquiry.

The central issue of this debate is the nature of authority.

Let’s consider the testimony posted so far by the secular humanists—a political faction that is opposed to God and hostile to Christianity. No evidence has been put forth that proves the Christian worldview is

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

Amazing But True! Secular Humanism is a religion.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

“Only a christian deals in absolutes.”—Brad Tankersley

Is that true? Are all mathematicians Christians?

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

The Constitution and Bill of Rights is not a self-existent, unchanging, good that illuminates the world and provides a point of reference by which other things may be understood.

Plato is rolling over in his grave.

July 28 2014 "In God We Trust?"

And Now This Special Report From The Mofo News Network:
(MNN Staff. Tacoma WA.)
A manufactured financial crisis may result in reduced consumer spending. Consequently, the redistribution of product waste including packaging, from seller to consumer to landfill, may decline in excess of 50%.

The reliability of municipal scheduling of waste collection from consumers may be suspect as an indicator of economic conditions, however, the opportunity to herald a municipal good deed should never be

July 27 2014 Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

“Furthermore, there should be some thought for making the sidewalks welcoming for pedestrians, with a dedicated bike lane, both screened from freeway sounds by concrete noise barriers.”—paolo

Historically, the Right To Silence groups have been underserved.

July 07 2014 Pacific Avenue to Close Over I-5

BONUS ESSAY QUESTION: How do you rate the usefulness of multiple choice questions as a diagnostic tool for formulating public policy?

1) Highly Useful 2) Useful 3) Kinda Useful 4) Don’t Know

1) Muy Bueno 2) Bueno 3) Okay 4) No Se

July 03 2014 How Do You Feel About the Quality of Life & Services in Tacoma?

I think the initial presentation of the west end drawings went wrong because the proposed retrofit follows the same roofline as the existing warehouse. A unique stand-alone rail station with an airy courtyard adjacent to a period appropriate refaced Freighthouse Square warehouse might serve as an acceptable compromise between WSDOT and the Dome District stakeholders.

The juxtaposition of different building styles and building materials is already a self-evident characteristic of the district.

June 30 2014 Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station, Take Two? Take Three...?

I suppose one could call Thea Foss Waterway a “high quality transit-oriented housing project” in the same sense that Community and Economic Development is calling East 25th St “a premier Transit Oriented Development site.”

The romanticism of yachts and trains and buses providing enviable status and adventure to mixed-income, socially disparate neighborhoods is the essence of Tacoma.

June 24 2014 Tacoma Dome Transit Oriented Development - Who's Interested?

“Which is about as valuable as any housing next to the Tideflats and train tracks is ever going to be.”—Jim C

On the up side, if the portrayed complex is built then the tenants from Thea Foss Waterway will finally have something to aspire to.

June 24 2014 Tacoma Dome Transit Oriented Development - Who's Interested?

This story, this fiction that Tacoma is inadequate without crosswalks and mid-block traffic signals and assorted concrete barriers to restrict the free flow of mechanized transportation—at what point did the alliance of lobbyists and government convince the general public that such a view is worthy of justified belief?

What is seen, and what is not seen in the eight photo’s posted at the head of this article?

June 23 2014 Next Steps for Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

Ladies and gentleman—and please think about those words—we people are not a means to serve the ends of mechanization.

June 23 2014 Tacoma Dome Transit Oriented Development - Who's Interested?

I agree that busses are a nuisance. But they often carry deadbeats to and from car dealerships, so maybe they serve some purpose. In all fairness, most of the roach coaches are basically mobile billboards, portraying crass messages that would make Hilltop Crips blush. So yeah, Teri and Cam, the real solution is more and better signs. And trees—tall trees, short trees, fat trees, skinny trees—super natural trees as far as the eye can see. Trees will beautify the centerline of South Tacoma Way,

May 28 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

Since Civilization has not yet ended, there is no natural progression.

But beyond that, maybe the West Slope coalition would be foolish for not shifting there language by using terms like “Imposing Gentrification.”

May 27 2014 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

I think I see your point. It’s impossible to make any sector of Tacoma foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.

May 27 2014 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

Every asset that Tacoman’s are entrusted with—whether it’s money, procedures, buildings, land—all of it is depreciating. All of it is becoming worth less over time. All of it is becoming obsolete. The solution to this problem is to redevelop Tacoma into a chaotic overcrowded economic mechanism beset by the towering minutiae and complications generated by fools in a rudderless boat.

Is that your argument?

May 26 2014 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

The Tacoma Mall at first was something like an island, like an oasis. It provided a safe, clean, controlled environment that transformed people’s dull and drudgery-oriented lives into lives that were full of entertainment and light, and possibilities and alternatives.

The barbarians have passed through the gates.

May 26 2014 (Re)Planning the Tacoma Mall Area

The West Slope Neighborhood offers certain unique benefits that no alternative neighborhood can offer. Factors such as the lot size, the water view, and the remoteness from high density populations are statements of material fact that contribute to both the economic value of the real estate, and the social well-being of individuals.

One may not ever have the economic means or the desire to live in such an idealized neighborhood, but its promise of spiritual liberation does present itself as

May 26 2014 West Slope Neighborhood Conservation District?

“The PSRC profile describes an area that is younger, more diverse, and more affordable on average than the rest of the region.”
“The Tacoma Mall Regional Growth Center represents a model opportunity for the redevelopment of an existing auto-oriented, low-density mall to become a compact and complete community center that supports local, regional and watershed scale best management practices.”

The assumption is that the area should be reshaped to accommodate the public transportation and buying

May 23 2014 (Re)Planning the Tacoma Mall Area

One could make the claim, “Art is Timeless,” and therefore Warhol’s 1982 flower art is as relevant now as ever. But I’d like to put forth that the tools and materials used to produce art do change with time.

Closer to the point, we could never reproduce Warhol’s flower on the Tacoma Dome because in 1982 no final plans were developed for production technique according to Warhol’s studio direction. We have no authoritative reference guide.

We could reproduce Warhol’s 1982 flower art on the

April 22 2014 Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

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

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

April 19 2014 Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

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

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

Best Thing About Goats: Goat Cheese Pizza!

April 09 2014 Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

NO SOMBRERO, NO KIMONO, NO SERVICE

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

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

April 08 2014 Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

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

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

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

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

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

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

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

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

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

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

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

April 07 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

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

April 06 2014 Do You Live in a Food Desert?

My neighborhood includes an “N” and is quite economically and ethnically diverse, progressive, and full of neighbors who know and like each other.

Anybody in the federal prison system could say that.

March 28 2014 Advice on Moving to Tacoma

“If approved the signage would be installed at no cost to the City, whereas any additional sales gained from driver’s [or anyone] directed to the strip would bring in revenue.”—Exit133

Sounds great. Someone’s got to bankroll society.

“People shouldn’t squander money on unneeded possessions when they ought to be spending it on public works.”—paraphrase from Professor John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard.

March 26 2014 "Tacoma's Auto Row" Becoming Official

Leisure travel by private car is an all-consuming passion for millions of people.

South Tacoma car dealerships as a destination, and as an all-points export commercial district is a self-evident fact.

Freedom to travel, plus capitalism, equals the potential for a higher standard of living for everyone.

I sell cars on South Tacoma Way. Look me up.

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

At one scene break, the car turns right at North 6th and North E ST, and heads south toward Stadium High School. The two blocks of houses on the east side of North E ST between North 6th and North 4th are still standing.

As the car turns right on North 4th ST, the camera shows homes that no longer stand along the west side of North E ST from North 4th to North Stadium Way. That stretch now contains a parking lot for the Vista Del Rey apartments, and south of that a vacant grassy field, and

February 12 2014 A Rare Vintage Look at Tacoma

In view of the new concentrated power comprised of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, what expectations should Tacoman’s have? I say that there’s a 50/50 chance that together they will fulfill their service to Tacoma according to the obligations of council duty.

We have heard from the City Attorney that a councilman has the legal right to take leave of absence beyond a year’s time for military service. There’s nothing to stop the Mayor or Deputy Mayor from leaving the council individually, or

January 12 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 7, 2014

“Of the $120,000 sale price, 5% will go back to the CDBG fund, and the broker will need to be reimbursed. The remaining sale proceeds of $106,800 will go back to the general fund. The Library board has requested that those funds go back to the maintenance of other library properties.”

Maybe some of the folks on the Library board assumed incorrectly that “pruning the branches would save the vine.”

January 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 7, 2014

“Deputy Mayor Woodards pointed out that for the first time in Tacoma’s history we will see two African American women on the dais as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.”

The council voted unanimously that she said that.

January 09 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - January 7, 2014

And one last thing kiddies…

City Council does not advocate or celebrate fetishism of men in military uniforms.

January 02 2014 Tacoma City Council Meeting - December 17, 2013

Would it be more financially prudent if City of Tacoma bought a few used buses and ran them on all the routes highlighted on the map?

January 02 2014 Link Expansion: Choosing an Alignment

Why does Tacoma’s best & brightest citizens love to dine at Chick-Fil-A?

‘Cause the dining room ain’t got no hate baiters.

January 01 2014 A Chick-Fil-A For Tacoma?

Yeah, I see where you’re going with this. People who take liberty with their liberties should be entitled to more liberty.

December 26 2013 Heidelberg Drawings and the LPC Discussion

Many people don’t, can’t, or won’t think critically.

December 23 2013 Replacement Named for Councilmember Ibsen

Some people in District 1 made a prejudiced choice. Last November, Ibsen revealed the limits of his understandings, skills, and ability to perform his elected duty to District 1. People will sometimes violate their own integrity.

December 22 2013 Replacement Named for Councilmember Ibsen

According to the Tacoma Weekly, Lopez was voted in unanimously.

Various local media also informed the public that Ibsen recommended Jordan Rash to fill his council seat and serve District 1.

If what the local media reported is true, then let’s try to come to terms with the logic of the facts. I suggest viewing the psycho-logical facts. There is a psycho-logical consistency to the sequence of the following facts:

Ibsen seeks and gains a council seat with the implied commitment to serve

December 20 2013 Replacement Named for Councilmember Ibsen

According to the Tacoma Weekly, Lopez was voted in unanimously.

I’m not surprised. He structured his interview to show that his values are in lockstep with the Council. He favors maintaining, if not expanding social welfare programs.

He views Tacoma not as some kind of intellectual or free market economic center of the Puget Sound Region, but with an eye toward Seattle utilizing a regional transit frame of reference. That’s an Economic Logic concerned with taxpayer resources and who gets

December 20 2013 Replacement Named for Councilmember Ibsen

RESOLVED: Graffiti is not a necessary element for motivating conspicuous consumption.

December 19 2013 No More Graffiti for Broadway Graffiti Garage

At the 10-minute mark it would have been appropriate to blast an air horn.

December 19 2013 Replacement Named for Councilmember Ibsen

City Council gets sucker punched from Uncle Sam’s human chattel—It would take an abused woman mentality to stack the council with another ward of the state.

December 15 2013 District 1 Applicants

The debate isn’t about me.

City Council should have encouraged Ibsen to attend meetings dressed in a rear admiral costume.

Now as it stands, the tax burden for his mid-life crisis has shifted to the Federal expense budget—Clown Hall logic.

December 09 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

Now you’ve added something new to the debate—A classical allusion to the nihilistic basis of Ibsen’s political malpractice.

December 08 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

If that’s what you believe, then perhaps the City Council should consider you as a replacement for Ibsen. Certain councilmen seem to think that how Ibsen acts doesn’t matter—You only live once, so live for yourself and gratify all your desires, appetites, and animal urges.
Some people would mistake that attitude for freedom. But if Ibsen’s actions don’t matter, then he doesn’t matter. He’s just a cosmic accident. I don’t blame him for searching for a sense of purpose outside City Council.

December 07 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

The News Tribune serves our community nobly with steadfast satire about Tacoma’s uncivil servants.

December 06 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

What you think proves nothing.

December 06 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

What’s wrong with Me, Me, Me? In this instance, maybe the City Council doesn’t think that Ibsen’s absence will diminish its authority, reputation, or ethic of communal responsibility—assuming any of that matters.

In reference to the News Tribune article, its author noted lastly the former councilmembers who took leave of absence, and the specific circumstances—active duty during wartime. The contrast between then and now points out how Ibsen is debasing what it means to live a noble life.

December 06 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

One of hallmarks of 1970’s Tacoma décor is that it will look good in any context.

December 04 2013 Tacoma's Once & Future Sun King

Ibsen’s action is a testament to his philosophy of self-fulfillment—it has nothing to do with serving other people.

The News Tribune article simply revealed some of Tacoma’s most banal political bedfellows.

November 28 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

The military is downsizing. It’s retiring officers.

It would be a far more noble gesture for Ibsen to resign from the council.

November 27 2013 Tacoma City Council Member to Take Leave of Absence

This essay has a provocative title because of its use of the word “sacrament.” I read the whole essay, in the context of the blog from which it originated, and it is there that the writer’s use of the term “sacrament” does make sense. Because the blog where I read this essay, and have read many other essays, proposes a point of view that man should regard himself and regard others without any relation to God. If my interpretation is true, then the use of the word “sacrament’ was intended as

November 25 2013 Today on the Bus: The Sacrament of Public Transportation

“City of Tacoma staff invite business owners and business district leaders to a workshop to learn how welcoming bicyclists can be a profitable marketing angle.”

Right. This is the highly lucrative hidden market that will cause the next spike in consumer spending.

November 25 2013 Bikes & Business

Interesting article. Stewardship of the earth is a serious responsibility.

I wonder if it would cost less money to filter Tacoma’s shoreline with sandbags. Because as the article says, stand alone filters, such as rain gardens, need maintenance. They clog up and need to get cleaned.

Stewardship can be costly, so we should explore some options—assuming we have the money to pay for it all. Here’s a possible solution: If Tacoma was ringed with sandbags, their portability might reduce

November 22 2013 DB: Quality of Food

One could also factor in the gravitational pull of the moon and its effect on moving the tides—the movement of water in and out of Puget Sound and the degree of cleansing because of the causal relationship to the moon.

So again, what kind of filtration or cleansing, and to what degree? Maybe we should invest millions of dollars into construction of artificial moons.

November 22 2013 DB: Quality of Food

As I understand Baltimore, nationally it does rank above average for its violent crime rate. Personally I see that as a reason to run from the city, not to it.

But beyond that, whether we discuss before or after 1900, bicycles, automobiles, planes, boats, and trains are not obstacles to walking—they don’t block one’s free will. In the least, one could say that restricted access to shoes might be an obstacle, but I’ve walked barefoot in Tacoma, and never been blocked or confronted by any type

November 22 2013 How Walkable is Tacoma?

I don’t have any reason to believe that Tacoma rain gardens protect Puget Sound. However, I do suspect that the rain gardens protect the careers of a few Tacoma storytellers. So, maybe the solution for protecting an inlet of the ocean involves rejecting an ideology of positive thinking, and accepting a methodology based on realism.

November 20 2013 DB: Quality of Food

Tacoma is a city on a hill bounded by miles of shoreline, on an inlet of the ocean with hundreds of hills bounded by hundreds of miles of shoreline.

I am watching the development of rain garden construction within Tacoma and wondering just how many rain gardens will ensure that the benefits are greater than the cost—How many rain gardens are enough?

Maybe I’m saying the obvious, but it must be said—The task of filtering rain water is a risky science experiment that may work within the

November 20 2013 DB: Quality of Food

Local streets were even less walkable prior to the news of the extinction of the Tacoma Pocket Gopher. Tripping on gopher mounds is no joke. Likewise, getting nipped on the heels is downright annoying.

November 18 2013 How Walkable is Tacoma?

I read Callahan’s article. If I could add one last sentence: “Chaos wastes a tremendous amount of time and money.”

There is something laughable or pitiable about people dreaming up impossible schemes that depend on deceiving or deluding others—Socializing risk through taxation, for the private gain of a few un-civil servants.

November 14 2013 Tacoma Link Expansion: Fine Tuning Begins

The opening of this new franchise is interesting in many ways beyond the news of local jobs for 80 people. Because what is not readily seen is that this individual franchise is part of a sophisticated business network that employs 1000’s of people—suppliers of all types—designers and planners, farmers, ranchers, shippers, communications, uniform apparel, commercial restaurant fixtures, building construction and maintenance companies, on and on.

Furthermore, let’s consider the two drive through

November 14 2013 Tacoma's newest McDonald's will open near new year

Best thing about McDonald’s drive through lanes?

Economic and Social Justice! Everybody has equal access to smooth driving lanes.

November 13 2013 Tacoma's newest McDonald's will open near new year

I like the McDonald’s double drive through concept. That company is so progressive, like Tacoma, that I expect some day McDonald’s will add a third drive through lane so people can order a mocha frap from the window of a city bus.

November 12 2013 Tacoma's newest McDonald's will open near new year

Bring it. Out of attempted code enforcement comes art.

October 28 2013 No More Graffiti for Broadway Graffiti Garage

If Tacoma had more big spenders then we would have the quality of life available in Seattle?

Thanks Puget Sound Business Journal. Because of your values and attitudes, I’ve just been shocked into a new awareness—Thinking and acting like a good consumer is more important than thinking and acting like a good citizen.

October 09 2013 State Farm's Place in Tacoma's Destiny

The thing that is odd is that a group of people who should be concerned with stewardship of Tacoma’s parks are instead concerned with promoting consumerism and traffic engineering.

As for travelling by vehicle, particularly by car, along the Five Mile Drive, the whole point of the single lane roadway is to offer access to the far reaches of the park.

Most of the park is not accessible by car, but car enthusiasts aren’t suggesting that the paved pedestrian pathways and the woodland hiking

October 06 2013 Retail, Restaurants, Access in Plans for Point Defiance

Restricting vehicle traffic, whatever type of vehicle, is a dumb idea when expressed in time parameters within the normal hours of operation.

I doubt the sincerity of the suggestion, especially in relation to Metro Parks pretentious plans for a commercial theme park.

October 06 2013 Retail, Restaurants, Access in Plans for Point Defiance

Point Defiance Park: What is it? A natural sanctuary that should be protected from modernization?

Metro Parks future plans call for a high degree of economic exploitation of Point Defiance Park through the use of many forms of science and technology. The end result has little to do with peaceful repose in a simple and natural setting.

October 05 2013 Retail, Restaurants, Access in Plans for Point Defiance

“Five Mile Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic during the week until 11 a.m. in a pilot effort to increase pedestrian access and reduce vehicle traffic in the park”

My question is. “Why?”

I suspect that an ongoing small contingent, maybe six or seven people, has carried the banner of vehicle restriction since the inception of the first Point Defiance walking trail.

Representatives of the suspected anti-vehicle contingent, over the course of decades, may have negatively influenced the

October 05 2013 Retail, Restaurants, Access in Plans for Point Defiance

SURVEY RESULTS: It’s a good time to start a road paving company.

October 03 2013 Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 1, 2013

This carnival ride is over. Time to pack it up and move it to the next backwoods.

Once the 1.6 mile railway is repaved and converted to a bicycle path, the disciples of New Urban Bicyclingism will announce to the world the revelation of Tacoma’s progressive thinking and the manifestation of its signature achievement.

September 29 2013 $1 Fare to Ride the Link

200,000 people live in Tacoma. How many residents have actually stood in front of that totem pole? Nobody knows.
Should people stand in front of it? And for how long?

The significance of the object is the question. If there are objects designated as public goods, then there must be objects designated as public bads. The totem pole is a public good? Compared to what? Its significance is a matter of degree.

What is the method used to measure the totem poles’ degree of significance? Majority

September 26 2013 Tacoma Totem Pole to Stay Vertical

Want planning and vegetation management?
Install benches that overlook City Hall and Metro Parks offices.

September 25 2013 Stadium Way Overlook Benches & Schuster Slope

These days it’s hard to find a reliable chain gang.

September 18 2013 Foss Waterway Development Authority Hires Goats for Clean-Up Work

YOUR CHANCE FOR MONUMENTAL STATUS.
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Capitalist, Philanthropist, or Handyman Wanted.
City of Tacoma may exchange for services: naming rights and/or advertising rights on prominent hillside structures. All contract offers subject to eligibility, profitability analysis, and approval of credentials. Contract performance must not violate public policy, nor conflict with municipal services marketing efforts (2003 rejected scenario for Tacoma Dome naming rights and/or advertising

September 16 2013 Name That Dome... Take 2...

I sometimes read about some Tacoma city councilman or another using abstract language under the heading “Economic Justice.” That kind of idealistic rhetoric is useless. Who is the final judge that will determine the outcome of any matter of economic justice? If everyone were equal, then everyone would be unequal. Humans can never be perfected. Tacoma can never be perfected.

I think what Callaghan is getting at is the distinction between a profit motive and a purpose motive.

I don’t have any

September 15 2013 Economic Development: An End in Itself?

The watchword with drone strikes is “Patience.” If the Russian or Chinese Navy were to send an aircraft carrier to Commencement Bay, then I think such an indirect approach to negotiations would signal to the owners of Old City Hall that the international community, not only City of Tacoma, does consider this leaking roof matter with the utmost gravity.

If the City of Tacoma were to take a unilateral approach and confront the building owners without the support of the international community,

September 14 2013 City May Act to Repair Old City Hall Roof

The real problem with fruit trees is portrayed in the movie “Wizard of Oz.” Watch the scene with the apple trees.

September 13 2013 Trees Removed Due to Complaint...

It is possible to imagine that enemies of Tacoma could form coalitions for the purpose of buying historically significant buildings. The intent of the coalitions might involve strategic cultural and moral degradation—incitement of confusion, frustration, and conflict within Tacoma’s boundaries.

September 13 2013 City May Act to Repair Old City Hall Roof

I’m pretty sure that the kart concession has been operating for over 40 years. It’s the kind of activity that catches the eye of most young men. When I was younger I brought a few young women there to ride the karts too. Call it Blue Collar low-brow entertainment if you like. It’s not the kind of entertainment that I would expect the Metrosexual Parks’ types to approve.

September 10 2013 No More Go-Karts at Point Defiance... Probably...
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