Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 11, 2011 at 12:10am

Tacoma City Council Candidate Michael Hardy Answers Tough Urban Questions From the Tacoma Sun

From the Tacoma Sun:



Below are the questions and responses sent to Michael Hardy, candidate for Tacoma City Council District #7. This at-large district is current represented by councilmember David Boe who is running to be retained in the district.

The questions being asked to Tacoma City Council candidates this year from the Tacoma Sun are very specific and address such issues as the best method to restore the Winthrop Hotel, removing harmful Parking Requirements in downtown Tacoma, rebuilding Tacoma Streetcars, and addressing the Felon Dumping Ground Issue.

Tacoma Sun Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate:  Michael Hard
Position:  Tacoma City Council  At-Large No. 7

7) Restoring Tacomas Streetcars

Question: Many Tacomans support restoring Tacomas streetcar system. Gas prices are now at record levels. Do you support restoring the streetcar network in Tacoma? What steps would be needed to be taken to make this happen?

Answer: No, I support bus routes over streetcars. Streetcars create more noise and traffic confusion. Streetcars are so much more expensive initially and have to be dedicated to a particular route. Overhead conductors are ugly, and require more poles to be placed.  The system as a whole makes me think of a jumbled birds nest. The infrastructure is already in place for buses, and when needs change, or streets are blocked by accidents or emergency vehicles, buses are easily rerouted. 


The answers to the same questions submitted by Hardy's opponent David Boe can be read here.

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by Erik on 7/11/2011 @ 12:27am
More on candidate Michael Hardy can be found here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000251...

by cisserosmiley on 7/11/2011 @ 5:01am
buses do make more sense...there are "trolley on wheels" buses that look like old timey streetcars but without the rail...really cute rolling around proctor and old town, but could also be used to carry meth head psuedo smurfrs along "the one" bus route as they buy 2 packs cold medicine from each walgreens, bartells, and riteaid on pacific & 6th ave. city leaders could then bring back the classic 80's tacoma slogan "admit it tacoma, you're beautiful" to minimize the post-apocalyptic feel of "meth head riding trolley car" image on city web site used to promote tourism

by fredo on 7/11/2011 @ 5:59am
More softball questions.

How about some real TOUGH questions?

1. Is Eric Anderson doing a good job as city manager and should he be retained?

2. Should the city council be advising the voters on how to vote on various issues?

3. Should the city continue paying government employees at salaries higher than 70 per cent of similar workers in other localities?

4. Should the city be providing funding for struggling or failing non-profit organizations?

5. Are you or anyone you are closely related to employed by any government agency or employed by a business which you might have contact with in your role as city council member?

6. If an overwhelming percentage of Tacomans expresses a particular viewpoint, such as NO to the digital billboard settlement, will you recognize that sentiment in your voting?

7. Will you do everything in your power to deliver needed services and needed services ONLY at the absolute lowest cost to local taxpayers?

8. Will you insure that Tacomas infrastructure is maintained and/or repaired before launching even a single new project?

by Jesse on 7/11/2011 @ 7:47am
Read your article Erik. It appears this guy doesn't fully understand or study the issues entirely.

He said something about how he likes Tacoma because it isn't busy, there's easy parking, and he likes the vacant lots and "open spaces" downtown. WHAT?

He doesn't understand WHY streetcars are an asset. He actually uses an example of a fixed track as a detriment!! This guy needs to study this more.

Vote for David Boe, not Joe Lonergan II.

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 7:52am
if you get elected to be Attorney General, will you run for Governor half way through your term?

by fredo on 7/11/2011 @ 7:59am
He said he liked the digital billboards.

That's sort of a non-starter.

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 8:59am
look forward to the Hill and Baker Tacoma Sun Q&A

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 9:05am
"And honestly I like the downtown area as it is. I like that I can drive downtown without gridlock, and I like that I can find parking in a reasonable amount of time. To me, the wonder of Tacoma, especially downtown, is the open spaces and panoramic views. The merging of ocean and mountain with our rolling hills and landscape is beautiful."


by cisserosmiley on 7/11/2011 @ 10:42am
that does make sense...just let new businesses move into "uptown" (prospect to pearl / n. 26th to center) then the land downtown can be used for free range land in tacoma's budding chicken future

by Nick on 7/11/2011 @ 11:20am
"We should see the beauty in what we have, not in the changes we can make."

Sorry, I'm not interested in electing anyone with a self-proclaimed lack of ambition for our city. I want someone that says "We should see the beauty in what changes we can make, not limit ourselves to only what we have today." They day Tacoma loses its vision, aspirations for the future, and motivation to grow and improve is the day I move out.

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 11:34am
Joe Lonergan II

by Erik on 7/11/2011 @ 11:52am
Here is some more information on the candidates for this position as shown in the Pierce County voter's pamphlet:


by Jesse on 7/11/2011 @ 12:03pm
"We should see the beauty in what we have, not in the changes we can make." --- Mike Hardy

A person needs to be able to identify problems before they can ever set out to fix them.

by tacoma1 on 7/11/2011 @ 2:37pm
It seems unanimous. Mike Hardy isn't gonna get my vote either. Looks like I'm voting for Boe.

by gritz thekat on 7/11/2011 @ 2:58pm
did someone say "vote boe"

by Erik on 7/11/2011 @ 3:12pm
This statement is interesting:

To have the designs of Seattle or Portland a goal of Tacoma would be a huge mistake. These cities are awful for walking and parking is a challenge.

by fredo on 7/11/2011 @ 4:27pm
Michael wouldn't be that out of place on the Tacoma City council. I've been watching the council meetings for years and his responses to the Tacoma Sun questions weren't much less enlightened than many former and some current council members.

by NineInchNachos on 7/11/2011 @ 4:57pm

by tacoma1 on 7/11/2011 @ 5:07pm
MH is obviously out of touch with reality. I've personally walked all over all the DTowns of Seattle and Portland many times (and of course T Town too). Just from my own experiences, when I'm DT Seattle, or DT Portland, I can easily get to a store like Nordies, Macy's etc, restaurants, a train station, hotels, library, movie theater. Matter of fact, both cities even have "gentleman's clubs" within easy walking distance (I've only walked past, not inside, I promise). I never feel like I'll be stranded without a bus after 7PM either (unless I'm in Tacoma).

Downtown T Town, as much as I love my home town, could use some walkablility lessons from either Portland or Seattle.

by Nick on 7/12/2011 @ 11:45am
I'm pretty sure most consider Portland the poster child for walkable cities...

by fredo on 7/12/2011 @ 2:17pm
right, but Portland doesn't have a giant native american with a salad bowl on his head.

by cisserosmiley on 7/12/2011 @ 2:23pm
yes tacoma1, you are so correct...what tacoma needs is a gentlemans club within walking distance, thanks

by NineInchNachos on 7/12/2011 @ 2:24pm

by tacoma1 on 7/12/2011 @ 2:59pm
Ok, I did go in once, but only to ask for directions........................two hours later, freshly out of cash, but with detailed directions, I left immediately.

You know, what good is having a convention center downtown without having a place to entertain the conventioneers?

by NineInchNachos on 7/12/2011 @ 3:01pm
yeah and you looove their chicken soup.

by smeall on 7/12/2011 @ 4:06pm
Tacoma does need such an establishment. I enjoy Portland's clubs (Union Jacks is my favorite) because they feel fun and safe. How can people enjoy staying in downtown without entertainment?

by cisserosmiley on 7/12/2011 @ 4:38pm
how come a city can just outlaw adult clubs in the city limits but not billboards?

by Jesse on 7/12/2011 @ 4:45pm
I thought Union Jack's was a primarily lesbian strip club.... er... not that I know or anything...

by smeall on 7/12/2011 @ 5:37pm
I did go with two girlfriends, but many men enjoyed Union Jacks when I was there so I am sure it is Portland eclectic.

by tacoma1 on 7/12/2011 @ 7:30pm
I think Erik is gonna have to add one more question to his list.....like whaddya the candidates think about letting pole dancers back into town?

And if we do let em back in, can we please drink a beer inside too?