The Project for Public Spaces has a guide to "Rightsizing Streets," which it hopes will help promote rightsizing as a means of improving streets for all users and creating a sense of place. The idea is to consider streets on a pedestrian scale, rather than just a motor vehicle scale, creating
The City of Tacoma is offering small scale grants for bicycle-related improvements in the city's business districts.
Businesses and members of Tacoma's 15 business districts can apply for the grants of up to $500 for projects to encourage and promote cycling by customers, employees, and business
It's time again to talk about amendments to Tacoma's Comprehensive Plan. Every year the City accepts applications for proposals to amend the Comprehensive Plan. This year there were nine - the first two from private entities (Point Ruston developers and Metro Parks, respectively), the other seven initiated internally by the Planning and Development Services Department.
Point Ruston Mixed-Use Center - Designating a portion of the former ASARCO site as a Mixed-Use Center and residential target area.
Point Defiance Park Land Use Policies - Allowing for the development of ...
Here's some potentially exciting news for downtown Tacoma development: a group of real estate investors may give the neighborhood a $100 million boost.
The Business Examiner reports on tentative plans from a group of investors they're calling the "Brew Crew," including PJ Hummel of event planning
On Tuesday, April 22, Tacoma residents will vote on whether or not to fund $198 million of park and zoo improvements and safety upgrades.
The Metro Parks Board of Commissioners voted last week to send the bond measure to the citizens.
In recent years the board has worked to develop a
FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES (First and Final Reading)
Ordinance No. 28206 An ordinance approving and confirming the Assessment Roll for Local Improvement District No. 7723 for the conversion of the overhead primary electrical distribution, utilities, telephone and cable-television
There's a lot of anti-Walmart sentiment out there - in Tacoma, and beyond. In that context, an article posted from Eric McAfee of American Dirt, which takes a closer look at the thriving downtown and urban fabric of Walmart's own home town may be of interest.
McAfee offers some challenging
Later this month Tacoma will celebrate the opening of its first trail system designed specifically for mountain bikes.
On Saturday, March 29, Metro Parks invites Tacoma residents to join them for the official opening of the Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails.
The grand opening celebration,
On Monday Simpson Lumber Company announced the sale of its Tacoma Kraft mill to Georgia-based RockTenn.
RockTenn, a manufacturer of corrugated and consumer packaging, is one of the larger players in that field, operating in a variety of locations from Canada to Chile, but the Tacoma plant will be
As the legislative session in Olympia continues, the City Council is scheduled to get another update on legislation relating to its identified legislative priorities and other issues potentially impacting Tacoma.
Also on the agenda for this Tuesday's Council study session is a brief
Big new developments may be in the works for Chambers Bay Golf Course. Pierce County and a California developer have entered into a preliminary agreement for the construction of a 220-room hotel and a second golf course, according to The News Tribune.
The preliminary agreement gives California
What's going on with the Murray Morgan Bridge elevator? That's a question we've heard quite a few times in the year since the bridge opened to traffic. Stairs connect 11th street to Dock Street below for pedestrians who feel up to walking the # flights, but the elevator has yet to open its doors to
The Tacoma Art Museum's new wing reached a pair of milestones this week.
On Wednesday the final beam of the new Haub Family Galleries, signed by members of the community, was lifted into place.
TAM also announced that they have met and exceeded their $15.5 million fundraising goal for the new
Tacoma's Charter review process is in full swing, with meetings every Monday and Wednesday. It's a pretty involved process, with a lot of nuance, and a lot of discussion.
If you're inclined, you can find relevant documents, and link to agendas and audio recordings of Charter Review Committee
If you use the City's parking system in downtown Tacoma, the City wants your input. As part of ongoing efforts to improve access to and awareness of City Parking System options in downtown Tacoma, the public is invited to a conversation about making the City's system work better.
Resolution No. 38851 A resolution setting Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council to consider modification of the boundaries of the existing Business Improvement Area. [Debbie Bingham, Program Development Specialist;
We're once again hearing conversation about the possible return of a law school to Tacoma. We had a law school at the University of Puget Sound - until Seattle University bought it and moved it to Seattle in 1999.
From time to time since then we have found ourselves in conversation with someone
This Saturday the City of Tacoma, in collaboration with Tacoma Public Utilities, Sustainable Works, University of Washington Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, and Pacific Lutheran University, will host the seventh annual South Sound Sustainability Expo.
This public event is intended to provide
The City of Tacoma could end up saving millions of dollars on a $20 million loan that helped pay for the Murray Morgan Bridge project.
In 2010 the City Council authorized a $20 million no-interest loan from Washington State to cover a portion of the work on the rehabilitation of the bridge. The
Environmental Services Plan
The main item on this week's City Council study session agenda is a discussion of City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department's strategic plan for 2013 through 2018. Environmental Services staff will present the plan, including its goals and objectives. The plan