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Share Your Thoughts on Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Design Options

September 29, 2014 - 14:00

Every once in a while something slips past us in the in-box that we really wish we'd caught. This is one of those times.

The good news is you still have time to share your thoughts on the latest design options for the new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square. Not a long time - the online survey

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014 - 09:59

International Economic Development

Last week the City Council passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a Commission on International Relations to be composed of representatives of Tacoma businesses, organizations, and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the Commission will be to

Now Reading: Tacoma’s gain is loss to Port of Seattle

September 25, 2014 - 13:06

A recent report shows that Tacoma's Port traffic is growing, to the point that it has surpassed Seattle in terms of volume handled and significance of economic impact, but it's not all good news.

The moves of several major shipping lines to Tacoma have contributed to growth here, pushing Tacoma

Latest On Plans for Chambers Bay Resort

September 25, 2014 - 09:40

The News Tribune has the latest on plans for Chambers Bay Resort, and the 370,000 square-foot resort sounds kind of swanky...

  • 5-story, 258-room hotel
  • Conference center with 17 meeting rooms and full food and beverage service (in what is now the Pierce County Environmental Services building,

Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 23, 2014

September 25, 2014 - 08:14

This week the City Council voted to express support for Initiative 594, requiring background checks for all gun sales. The Council also heard public concerns related to two ordinances it will decide on next week, related to regulation of marijuana and for-hire transportation companies.

CONSENT

Tacoma Link Expansion Project Update

September 23, 2014 - 11:36

Sound Transit has some updated information on potential station locations to share with you.

The transit agency has been moving forward with conceptual engineering and environmental review for the possible future expansion of Tacoma's Link up to the Stadium District, then on to the Hilltop. Having

Now Reading: London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won

September 23, 2014 - 09:40

If you've been to London, and if, while there, you happened to stroll along the south bank of the Thames near the Southbank Centre, you may have noticed a gritty little pocket decorated with graffiti and filled with skateboarders.

That vibrant, gritty pocket in the undercroft of the Southbank

On the Market: Simpson Lumber

September 23, 2014 - 09:00

There have been whispers and emails about changes afoot at Tacoma's Simpson Lumber Company for a while now - word of the sale of one or more Simpson Lumber properties. It appears that there's more than a little truth in the rumors: Simpson Lumber Company is up for sale.

This comes just six

Sound Transit Proposes Fare Changes

September 22, 2014 - 13:17

Sound Transit is considering a change to its fare system that could implement a low-income rider fare, while raising other rates.

The low-income fare program would bring Sound Transit into alignment with a King County Metro low-income fare scheduled to go into effect next March.

The Metro

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of September 23, 2014

September 22, 2014 - 09:56

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing will be the main topic of conversation at this week's City Council study session. Community and Economic Development Department and Planning and Development Services staff will update the Council on housing affordability in Tacoma and current City programs to

City Council Will Discuss Supporting Increased Gun Sale Background Check Requirements

September 19, 2014 - 13:56

The Tacoma City Council is scheduled to take up what could be a pretty controversial topic. A resolution in support of Washington State Initiative 594 appears on the agenda for next week's Council meeting.

A resolution expressing support for the passage of Initiative Measure No. 594 submitted for

Happening Now: Park(ing) Day 2014

September 19, 2014 - 13:09

Park(ing) Day 2014 is going on right now. A couple dozen parking spots around downtown Tacoma have been transformed into activated parklets for your enjoyment, so if you have a couple minutes, head out and find one (or a bunch) near you.

There's a lot to see this year... Which was your favorite?

Pacific Brewing Opens Tomorrow

September 19, 2014 - 11:08

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here. Or at least it's so close you can almost taste it...

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. will finally open its doors in the old City Hall Annex space (the smaller white building next to Old City Hall) tomorrow, Saturday, September 20. That's

Tacoma Billboard Removal / Redux

September 18, 2014 - 10:36

A community working group has been assembled to develop regulatory alternatives, for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, regarding billboards in the City of Tacoma.

It's the next phase in a fight between the City and advertising giant Clear Channel that has been going on for what

Help Promote Tacoma’s History, Plan Preservation Month 2015

September 17, 2014 - 13:03

May is a ways off on the calendar, but planning is already beginning for Tacoma's May 2015 Preservation Month. Interested parties are being invited to join the Preservation Month planning committee, and to begin brainstorming ideas for an exciting month of programming.

The Historic Preservation

Tacoma City Council Meeting - September 16, 2014

September 17, 2014 - 12:32

CONSENT AGENDA

FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES (First and Final Reading)

Ordinance No. 28243 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 3966 for the construction of an 8-inch sanitary sewer main extension from South Madison Street, south of South 69th

Now Reading: 2014 Women of Influence named

September 17, 2014 - 09:36

Every year the Business Examiner names a short list of South Sound Women of Influence. The list recognizes

This year the Women of Influence awards go to five women from around the South Sound region. Two special awards go to two Tacoma women: the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lois Bernstein

Fiscal Home Rule for Tacoma?

September 16, 2014 - 14:49

There's a conversation going on at the City about the ways Tacoma receives revenue. With a significant structural imbalance to address in Tacoma's budget, City staff are considering not only short-term adjustments to fix the budget for the next biennium, they're also looking at ways that long-term

Now Reading: TWOKOI: Outstanding Sake Program Led by Level One Certified Sake Sommelier

September 16, 2014 - 14:21

For years now Twokoi has been serving quality sushi from their little corner on South 17th across from UWT and Tollefson Plaza. Their expert sushi chefs put together some pretty stunning rolls, both traditional, and more creative concoctions. 

They've got a pretty good sake selection too - the

Conversations Re:Tacoma 2014: Destiny Realized

September 16, 2014 - 14:02

Re:Tacoma is back with their annual urban design conversation series. Every year they invite you to join in thoughtful conversations focused on design issues relevant to Tacoma's urban neighborhoods and downtown core. It's an ongoing conversation meant to lead to thoughtful action. 

Each of the