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Tacoma Moment of Zen: 2401-2409 Pacific Ave

By Morgan Alexander


Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Thankfully, Stephen Cysewski captured Tacoma on 35mm film for us to meditate on.

published March 28th, 2008

Over Tacoma Then & Now: Trolley Court

By Morgan Alexander


In this series, the Sun explores the city from a thousand feet up. Drawing inspiration from a combination of the cheesy public television “Over..” series, Paul Dorpat’s long running Now & Then column in the Seattle Times, and the newly added Aerial Photography layer of the City of Tacoma’s govME mapping website, we look at different landmarks and neighborhoods to see how land use decisions have impacted our built environment and our community.

This week: Trolley Court

published March 21st, 2008

Over Tacoma Then & Now: ASARCO/Point Ruston

By Morgan Alexander

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In this new feature, the Sun explores the city from a thousand feet off the ground. Drawing inspiration from a combination of the cheesy public television “Over..” series and Paul Dorpat’s Now & Then column in the Seattle Times, and using the newly added Aerial Photography feature of the City of Tacoma’s award winning govME mapping website, we will be looking at how land use decisions over the years have impacted our built environment – for better and worse.

published March 7th, 2008

Get Cooking at the Urban Gourmet

By Morgan Alexander

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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.

published March 5th, 2008

Tacoma Moment of Zen: 1502 Pacific Ave

By Morgan Alexander


Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Or how far gone Tacoma was. Thankfully, Stephen Cysewski captured Tacoma at the lowest of lows on 35mm film for posterity. We’ll be featuring one of his images periodically to keep us in Zen. Here’s one to reflect on, as you head over to Pacific Grill for dinner.

published February 22nd, 2008

MADE IN TACOMA: Michael Veseth, The Wine Economist

By Morgan Alexander

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Recently, I came across a website that caught my attention because it touched on two favorite obsessions of mine: wine and Tacoma. Intrigued, I had to learn more.

published February 20th, 2008

The Tacoma Armchair Approach to Cleaning Up Your Neighborhood

By Erik Bjornson

By Erik Bjornson After the Tacoma Mall moved into Tacoma in 1968, much of downtown and neighborhood business centers suffered neglect and some were nearly abandoned in their entirety. The city likely struck its all time low point around the late 1970s and early 1980s (Stephen Cysewski made his infamous photo tour of downtown Tacoma […]

published February 19th, 2008

Tacoma Underground: Never Never Land Figures

By Morgan Alexander

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Imagine walking into a dank dark basement in a 110 year old building downtown and turning on the lights to find this eerie and surreal scene. That’s what happened to me recently while working on an interview for a Sun story.

published February 15th, 2008

Small Worlds Theory and Livable Downtown

By Paul Sparks

Nerd Blog: Small Worlds Theory and Livable Downtown By Paul Sparks Part One: Short, quircky, amateur commentaries on “Small Worlds Theory” and its relationship to the “Livable Community” of Downtown Tacoma. What is “Small Worlds”? Small worlds is a theory of maximum connectivity. It describes a real world phenomenon found in all types of effective […]

published January 27th, 2008

Half Moon Yard

By Morgan Alexander

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What would you do with a former railyard near the core downtown?

published December 4th, 2007

The Value of Tacoma’s Old Buildings

By Morgan Alexander

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.

published November 26th, 2007

Funding options for Tacoma Streetcar: Making an Idea a Reality

By Andrew Austin

A few years ago local organizer and activist Morgan Alexander come up with an idea to build a streetcar network in Tacoma.  He realized that streetcars could re-connect our neighborhoods and business districts, spur economic development, and celebrate our historic roots of our city.  Morgan shopped this idea around to local leaders and elected officials […]

published November 18th, 2007

A Gentle Way to Grow

By Morgan Alexander

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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.

published November 7th, 2007

Its Time for Tacoma to Repair its Maimed Streetscape By Rebuilding the North Park Plaza Parking Garage

By Erik Bjornson

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Perhaps no other action by the City of Tacoma has caused so much long term damage to the downtown streetscape as much as the construction of the North and South Plaza Parking garages.

published November 2nd, 2007

Contact Us

By The Tacoma Sun

Do you have a voice? If so, we would like to hear it!

Please submit your questions, comments, story ideas, get quick schemes…

published October 26th, 2007

About Us

By The Tacoma Sun

~ Our Mission ~ The Tacoma Sun is monthly community newspaper published by local Tacoma volunteers to promote: – Livable Neighborhoods and Downtown – Local Political Issues – Community Building – Tacoma’s Public Realm and Civic Life – Environmental Issues – Tacoma’s Image Our goal is to take an in depth look at these issues […]

published October 18th, 2007