Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 26, 2008 at 12:00am

Pictures from Packed Go Local Or Die Event

Jim Diers and the panel delivered tonight at the Go Local or Die Event.

The place was packed.  The band banged out two great numbers.  One was a clap along.

I was told by one of the hosts there were 75 people there that turned out.  Many others were turned away.


(Here a rare shot of the Tacoma Downtown Pioneers)


Here, Jim Diers lays down the law on neighborhood revitalization.


(An interesting shot)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/

A great event with alot of energy.  A number of new faces there as well as  current and local politicians, and press.

Hopefully, Kevin will have some footage and more explanation of the event.

To learn more about getting involved and neighborhood action, read Jim Diers book Neighborhood Power.

See the Announcement of the event for more pictures.

Next Meta Downtown Event:

Lunch event at Frost Park (9th and Commerce) on Friday 3/28 at noon.  See you there.

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by izenmania on 3/26/2008 @ 7:32am
Well, not footage, as his device was merely an audio recorder.

Also, we got approached by a couple interested folk from Sanford and Son, implying that we may have a whole new influx of lunchers. We may soon be overflowing.

by morgan on 3/26/2008 @ 10:26am
I wish I could have been there! We had a crisis at the house.

Neighbor Power is a part of my essential reading library. A new one to the shelf is by Milenko Matanovic, Executive Director of the Pomegranate Center called, Multiple Victories: Pomegranate Center’s Art of Creating Community-Crafted Gathering Places. Which could have been useful in designing Tollefson Plaza...

Erik- remind me to bring some lens tissue and cleaner the next time I see you!

by NineInchNachos on 3/26/2008 @ 10:29am
courtesy of kevin f. Download MP3 (48 mb, right-click then "Save As...")

by KevinFreitas on 3/26/2008 @ 10:29am
Here's a link to the podcast:

www.feedtacoma.com/forum/local-life/podc...

Had a great time last night. See y'all at lunch Friday at Frost Park!

by Erik on 3/26/2008 @ 11:23am
Here's a link to the podcast:

www.feedtacoma.com/forum/local-life/podc...

Had a great time last night. See y'all at lunch Friday at Frost Park!


Cool. Nice work.

Erik- remind me to bring some lens tissue and cleaner the next time I see you!

Thanks for the photo tips for using cell phone camera. However, unfortunately, that wouldn't have helped. The "camera" just didn't work well in that lighting.

Also, see RR's comments on the photo conditions:

i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/tonight-600-pm-go-...

Also, we got approached by a couple interested folk from Sanford and Son, implying that we may have a whole new influx of lunchers. We may soon be overflowing.

Nice. I wonder how many people Frost Park can hold?

by izenmania on 3/26/2008 @ 12:08pm
Nice. I wonder how many people Frost Park can hold?

I've got some thoughts on that front. I'll write more extensively about it a bit later, but basically... we were talking about switching parks after a month, which would then leave Frost Park in the lurch. As we approach 40 people I'd like to encourage some to keep it up, while others branch out to Fireman's Park and more. It's nice to have the chance to say hi to everyone that shows up, but it would be nicer to see five or 10 people having lunch in every park downtown, rather than 40 people crammed into one.

by Erik on 3/26/2008 @ 12:47pm
Good issue izenmania.

However, I would make the break point higher at well over 100. Otherwise, there is the risk that the whole thing action could collapse by trying to change the place. The consistency of the place and time is going to give it alot of momentum hopefully. Plus, more people makes more of splash.

Third, (the rule of threes), the number 100 could have some numerological significance.

If Veritas Mortgage can hold 70, the park should be able to hold 500.

by jenyum on 3/26/2008 @ 6:40pm
Maybe add another park on another day of the week? It would be more than I'd probably be able to manage regularly, but for you folks who work downtown, eating lunch in the park is probably no biggee.

That way it would always be consistent for people who had heard that Frost Park happened on Friday - they could show up on Friday, but there could be a Fireman's Park on Wednesday gathering, or a Tollefson Plaza on Monday group as well.

by KevinFreitas on 3/26/2008 @ 10:46pm
Little late but here are some pics I snapped:









The more downtown pocket park love we can spread the better. I like sticking with Friday's for the time being -- for some reason in my mind it seems like a nice recess at the end of the work week. Might be fun to play some checkers or uno or something tho too.

by Erik on 3/26/2008 @ 10:54pm
Nice pictures. You have the back corner of the room too so it made for a good shot of the crowd.

I like sticking with Friday's for the time being -- for some reason in my mind it seems like a nice recess at the end of the work week

Yes, that's probably why it is getting so popular. If "take back the park" action does spread to other areas, I do like jenyum's idea of adding different areas on different days so that Frost Park stays on Fridays for consistency.

However, I think we have some growth yet to do at Frost Park.

by Nick on 3/26/2008 @ 11:30pm
I have to agree with Erik - I think it would be wise to further establish ourselves at Frost park before we start branching out. If we spread ourselves too thin this soon the whole effort could collapse.

Why don't we extend Frost park through another month and re-evaluate the next step at the end of April?