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 […]
July 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments
July 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment
Below are the questions and responses sent to Victoria Woodards, candidate for Tacoma City Council position.
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 […]
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.”
October 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment
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.
May 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments
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?
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 […]
April 18th, 2008 · 8 Comments
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.
March 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments
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.
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.
November 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment
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.