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Candidate Keven Rojecki Answers Tough Urban Questions From the Tacoma Sun

July 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Introduction Below are the questions and responses sent to Keven Rojecki, candidate for Tacoma City Council position. The questions being asked to Tacoma City Council candidates this year from the Tacoma Sun are very specific and address such issues as the Winthrop Hotel, Parking Requirements, Tacoma Streetcars, and Felon Dumping Ground Issues. 1) Jail releases […]

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Victoria Woodards Answers Tough Urban Questions From the Tacoma Sun

July 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Below are the questions and responses sent to Victoria Woodards, candidate for Tacoma City Council position.

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School Board Candidate Chris Van Vechten Answers Questions from the Tacoma Sun

July 20th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Introduction: Today, the Tacoma Sun publishes the first of a series of questions and answers to candidates. Below is Tacoma School Board Candidate Chris Van Vechten’s response to critical questions affecting Tacoma School District from an urban perspective. Chris Van Vechten Question No.1 Location of Schools Since the 1950s, many school boards have closed local […]

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Tacoma Archive: Teddy Haggarty’s Day in the City of Destiny

October 31st, 2008 · 4 Comments


The following is a day in the life of Teddy Haggarty, who—besides being a pillar of his community, Tacoma—manages Baby Knockors Strypes, and the Heroes in conjunction with his brother Leonard. The brothers Haggarty also work with comedian Earl Burks and dispense advice to No Cheese Please and the Names. Haggarty has published several books of his own poetry and prose and is currently working on a novella entitled Hawaii: Me And Harry, Our Life With the Stars. Of this article he says, “Everything is true.”

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Tacoma’s Upper Floor Malaise

October 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Tacoma has a large amount of vacant under-utilized commercial space. The intent of this article is meant to illustrate that sizable opportunities exist today all around us. And by increasing the intensity of use in our existing assets we can place greater pressure on developing less desirable uses – such as surface parking lots – in order to create a more walkable and sustainable city.

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Mars in Tacoma

May 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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What does the Martin Luther King Housing Development Authority (MLKHDA), an affordable housing non-profit organization, have to do with one of the richest companies in the country?

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A (Mild) Defense of the ‘Burbs

April 21st, 2008 · 12 Comments

It’s a somewhat fashionable thing right now to look down your nose at the suburbs. Environmentalists and students of urban studies (rightly) point to the energy wasted by single-family houses and the gas guzzled on the trips to the grocery store. The critique has been in Hollywood for years, but it’s recently become much more […]

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Alleys As Assets

April 18th, 2008 · 8 Comments

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Part 3 in a series on commercial development in Tacoma.
I’ve been thinking about alleys lately. This topic came up about a year ago over on exit133.com I’ve always been a fan of alleys but became very interested in them several years ago while taking an urban planning course at the University of Washington. Since then, alleys have become one of my many minor obsessions – especially after learning that the public right-of-ways (streets, alleys, sidewalks and parking strips) make up about a quarter of the land mass of most cities – including Tacoma. Of these right-of-ways, alleys receive the least amount of thought and attention. As a result, not much thought has been given to include alleys in the broader context of issues such as urban revitalization and the environment.

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Get Cooking at the Urban Gourmet

March 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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During my recent obsession into the world of sourdough bread making, I found myself in the market for an oil mister. This gave me a perfect excuse to pay a visit to the Urban Gourmet store on 6th Ave.

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The Value of Tacoma’s Old Buildings

November 26th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Part 2 in a series on economic development in Tacoma.
One of the side effects of being in the shadow of the Seattle-metro area is that an abundance of older buildings, many eligible for historic status, have been spared the fate of the wrecking ball. Love them or hate them, Tacoma has a LOT of old buildings.

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A Gentle Way to Grow

November 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

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Part 1 in a series on economic development in Tacoma.
Following the plight of a little nail shop has got me thinking about how we think about growth.

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