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Good News for Prairie Line Trail

April 18, 2014 - 14:02

As we move into spring, and weather more conducive to construction work, the Prairie Line Trail is moving forward.

Phase two of construction on the UWT portion of the project is about to start. On Monday excavation begins for the regional water quality treatment facility near 21st Street, followed

Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

April 18, 2014 - 09:04

The discussion of decorating the Tacoma Dome with Andy Warhol's "Flowers for Tacoma" is back.

Once upon a time Andy Warhol submitted a design proposal to decorate the Tacoma Dome with a giant flower. Tacoma turned him down, and went with the neon you see now on the inside of the Dome. The idea of

Bass Pro Shop Ranger Tower Proposed

April 17, 2014 - 14:16

The new Bass Pro Shop at I-5 and 72nd in south Tacoma has gotten a lot of attention as a retail destination. Now they're asking to raise the visibility of their new store a little more with a rather large sign - and a dozen smaller signs.

A proposed free-standing sign, "designed in the style of a

I-5 Congestion Around JBLM - How Do You Fix It?

April 17, 2014 - 10:18

If I-5 south of Tacoma, specifically that lovely stretch through JBLM, is part of your regular commute, you may want to take note of an upcoming open house.

WSDOT is inviting residents and highway uses to learn more and to share their thoughts on resolving the problem of the frequent... congestion

Cleaning Up South Tacoma Way

April 16, 2014 - 13:31

South Tacoma Way is getting a lot of attention lately. 

Last month the City officially designated the stretch of car dealerships along South Tacoma Way as "Tacoma's Auto Row," giving the businesses the green light to apply to WSDOT for directional signage to the district along I-5. The City has

Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 15, 2014

April 16, 2014 - 12:06

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 38881 A resolution setting Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the Draft Hilltop Subarea Plan and proposed amendments to Chapters 13.06 and 13.17 of the Municipal Code, relating to

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 - 12:45

Charter Review

The first item on this week's City Council study session agenda is a discussion of the progress of Tacoma's Charter Review Committee so far. With over 50 meetings between the committee and its subcommittees, and a couple of public hearings, recommendations are taking shape, and

Now Reading: Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

April 15, 2014 - 09:55

We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other

Chinese Investors Propose 2-Tower, 30-Story Downtown Development

April 14, 2014 - 13:28

A group of Chinese investors wants to build a hotel and mixed-use project on a two-acre City-owned site next to the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma.

According to a staff memo to Tacoma City Council, Yareton Investment & Management WA LLC of Seattle, a subsidiary of

Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once… Going Twice…

April 11, 2014 - 13:42

After receiving only one bid for the work to prop up a 110-year-old totem pole, this week the City of Tacoma re-released the bid opportunity.

Last year we found out that the Tacoma Totem Pole standing in Fireman's Park was structurally unsound. There was some debate over what could be done for the

Tacoma 2013 Year In Review

April 11, 2014 - 10:21

There's a new "microsite" online with a 2013 Year in Review for the City of Tacoma. At annualreport.cityoftacoma.org visitors can peruse some of the accomplishments of the City from 2013. A letter from the City Manager introduces the site:

The City of Tacoma is emerging from a difficult period in

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

April 10, 2014 - 15:18

A new restaurant opens today in the space that previously was Zara Mediterranean restaurant, and before that Sea Grill.

Aviateur will offer what sounds like a fairly traditional French menu - something lacking in Tacoma's current culinary line-up. The News Tribune writes that Aviateur is owned and

Now Reading: Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

April 10, 2014 - 14:43

Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the

Calling All History Enthusiasts

April 10, 2014 - 14:28

Calling all history enthusiasts: Tacoma Historical Society needs a few good volunteers to help out at their brand new home.

The Call Goes Out . . .

We're looking for a few – actually quite a few – good people to greet visitors, handle simple retail transactions, and generally look after the new

Tacoma City Council Meeting - April 8, 2014

April 10, 2014 - 10:16

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 38875 A resolution setting Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the recommendations of the Community and Economic Development Department for the City’s proposed 2014-2015 Annual

Sponsor Your Own Walking Wednesday

April 9, 2014 - 10:30

Here's an interesting opportunity: Downtown On the Go is inviting organizations and individuals to dream up their own events aimed at promoting walking for transportation, health, and community well-being around Tacoma.

Last week more than 200 people showed up at Wright Park for the kick off of

Spotted: Goats at McMenamins Elks Property

April 9, 2014 - 09:42

Spotted yesterday: a herd of goats getting some work done on the vacant lot adjacent to the McMenamins Elks building. Apparently they will be there all week, clearing the overgrown lot. They've got their work cut out for them.

Stop by and watch them work. Maybe ask them if they've heard any rumors about the project...

PSRC Conducts Regional Transit Study

April 8, 2014 - 12:55

The Puget Sound Regional Council wants to know more about where you go and how you prefer to get there. PSRC is conducting a regional transit study, asking residents from all over the Puget Sound region about their travel needs and preferences.

Beginning this month, about 90,000 randomly selected

Concessions Carts Wanted for Some Tacoma Parks

April 8, 2014 - 10:15

Metro Parks Tacoma is looking for vendors to operate concessions carts in some of its parks this summer. The goal of the program is to bring a variety of concessions to the parks, including food, beverages, and/or rental recreation equipment.

The Carts in Parks – Mobile Concessions Program begins

Now Reading: 11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

April 7, 2014 - 14:35

A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure