Tacoma Urbanist

Jan. 28, 2011 at 12:01am

Mayor Strickland Prepares State of the City Address; Future of Tacoma Hangs in the Balance

(Photo by the Weekly Volcano)

Mayor Strickland's Impending State of the City Address

Mayor Strickland is set to give the State of the City speech Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Shift Happens event.  No doubt she is preparing in mayor's office overlooking the City of Destiny and scouring the classic historical speeches given during our country's history for inspiration.

However, with Russell having left Tacoma, Seattle legislators swarming in Olympia seeking to disembowel Tacoma's Washington State History Museum like hyenas, and (old) City Hall Building itself in peril, Strickland will have to deliver and connect with, inspire and motivate, and yes, challenge Tacomans in a way she has never done so before. 

It won't be enough to deliver a feel good political speech about country, city, optimism and the benefits of buying local goods (although all of these will be required), she will need to reach deeper and inspire her listeners through the Tacoman ethos.

Bonus inspirational video on how Tacoma needs to deal with Seattle:

Godspeed Mayor Strickland!

comments [21]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 1/28/2011 @ 12:12am
More on the Shift Happens/hyperlocal event:


by Jesse on 1/28/2011 @ 8:05am
Fun photo of the Mayor!

There are a lot of things going right in this town right now. Sure, Russell was a huge loss but think of the good!

1. Sounder high speed bypass construction
2. LeMay under construction
3. Pacific Ave reconstruction
4. Heard there's up to 25 LID projects in the works
5. McMenamins project
6. Money for streetcars from ST2
7. Old City Hall IS being fixed from the water damage
8. UWT expansion
9. MLK LID and possible streetcar there and J st
10. Stadium way reconstruction (with streetcar) should get underway soon???
11. MM bridge has money AND preliminary construction has started
12. Lots of infrastructure improvements DT
13. Apparently this is the most progressive city council ever
14. Amocat as an obvious hub of civic debate

Anything else?

by thriceallamerican on 1/28/2011 @ 8:49am
"Seattle legislators swarming in Olympia seeking to disembowel Tacoma's Washington State History Museum like hyenas"


It's fun to sometimes turn the screws on Seattle a bit, but I'm not sure this is a fair characterization of the situation at all.

by BE Green South Sound on 1/28/2011 @ 9:53am
Thanks for the post Erik. Not to split hairs, but the speech is at 7 p.m.

by fredo on 1/28/2011 @ 11:44am
People who wear 3-D glasses are trying to escape the real world and live in a fantasy world. A telling metaphor for our Mayor.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/28/2011 @ 12:20pm
Someone woke up on the crabby side of bed today.

by Erik on 1/28/2011 @ 12:23pm
@Jesse: Awesome list.

They have removed the fence now in front of the UWT Joy Building:


@BE Booster: Fixed. Thanks.

@Jesse: "...but I'm not sure this is a fair characterization of the situation at all."

Unfortunately, the threat is even worse than what I wrote. While leaving their programs intact and off the table, some key legislators are trying to incorrectly frame the issue as either funding the WSHM or cutting off someone's "lifeline."

But state leaders acknowledge it’s tough to argue other programs should be cut, in order to save the museum.

“It’s tough to say it is more important, than say Basic Health Coverage or the Disability Lifeline,” says new House Ways and Means committee chair Ross Hunter, (D) Medina. “We’re going to make some painful cuts.”

The legislature reconvenes next week. But Hunter says he does not expect decisions on 2011-13 Biennial Budget until March or April. That’s when the future of the Museum will be decided."



by Erik on 1/28/2011 @ 12:36pm
Now Norm Dicks is adding his shoulder to the wheel.


Perhaps Norm could help save the WSHM. His office is (or was) in Union Station right next door.

by fredo on 1/28/2011 @ 12:48pm
I guess my comment on the mayor was a little harsh, sorry about that.

If she thinks 3-D glasses give her the appearance of a visionary, it's OK with me.

by BE Green South Sound on 1/28/2011 @ 1:11pm
The glasses were used as part of the Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma 2010 - which was printed in 3-D. Many people who appeared in photos for the Best of Tacoma print supplement were photographed with 3-D glasses on. The Mayor was kind enough to play along. Erik snagged the photo from the Volcano website and used it arbitrarily in his post.

Please consider now the gulf between reality and Fredo's suppositions.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/28/2011 @ 1:16pm
3d glasses seem fun to me. Regardless, there is work to be done. And if Stormin Norman is involved, expect nothing to get done.

C'mon norm, prove me wrong.

by fredo on 1/28/2011 @ 1:22pm
BE, politicians who agree to participate in kooky promotional activities are inviting criticism, fair or otherwise. Recently, Sarah Palin agreed to allow her PAC to use crosshair imagery and she was subsequently held responsible for the Arizona shootings. Please refer to Mr. Anderson's recent Tacomic for proof. A few years ago a failed candidate for the Presidency, Mr. Dukakis, allowed himself to photographed riding around in a tank. He was wearing an oversized helmet and looked like Snoopy. Sarah Palin had nothing to do with Arizona, Mike Dukakis had nothing to do with Peanuts but the imagery solidified these perceptions. I'm just pointing out the obvious.

by Erik on 1/28/2011 @ 1:22pm
RE: Glasses.

Steam punk glasses come in a variety of styles:

More here:


A great accessory to wear in the City Destiny. Plus, she may need them for the pending zombie apocalypse art show coming up:


by L.S.Erhardt on 1/28/2011 @ 2:17pm
Be ready for a zombie flash mob that just might be associated with that art show.

by Erik on 1/28/2011 @ 3:54pm
Now the Tribune weighs in and calls Strickland State of the City the first in Tacoma's history:

While a few past Tacoma mayors have given speeches vaguely similar to state of the city-type address, Stricklands appears to be the first one officially described as one, said Brian Kamens, supervisor of the Northwest Room at the Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, which maintains historic records of the city and region.

Mayor Gordon Johnston in 1972 reviewed the accomplishments of the past year and looked forward, but did not call it state of the city, Kamens said, after a quick perusal of records. In recent years, the city has put out annual reports, but dont use that exact phrase.


by fredo on 1/28/2011 @ 4:16pm
." Mayor Gordon Johnston in 1972 reviewed the accomplishments of the past year and looked forward,"

Well the current Mayor has few accomplishments to point to so she'll have to spend most of the speech "looking forward."

by JesseHillFan on 1/28/2011 @ 4:47pm
Here is what the city of Tacoma will be like in a couple of years from now.

by fredo on 1/28/2011 @ 5:09pm
JHF-nice video with surprising cameo appearance from the Mayor herself back in her 'fro days.

by NineInchNachos on 1/28/2011 @ 7:14pm
I just checked out that film from MLK library

by STFU (See the Future Unveiled) on 1/30/2011 @ 1:40pm
All of you little pseudo-intellectual cyber hunchbacks get ready. I'm coming for you.

by Erik on 1/30/2011 @ 8:21pm
@Thorax: that would be cool.