Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:01am

Watch Mayor Strickland and Dan Voelpel Unveil the Goddess of Commerce Today at 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma's past successes may be due (in part) to the inspirational presence of the Goddess of Commerce who gazed over downtown Tacoma:
Yet, in 1950, she was knocked down and destroyed phasing in a dark gloomy period of downtown Tacoma as documented by Stephen Cysewski:
See more pictures of the 1979 walking tour here (Tacoma at it's historical low point).
However, today August 30, 2011, after enduring every conceivable setback, the Goddess of Commerce is set to arise once again and reign over downtown Tacoma at the corner of St. Helens just up the hill from Amocat Cafe.  
For more information, see the Facebook page on the unveiling.
Time: Wednesday, August 31 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Helens, Baker and 6th, Downtown Tacoma 

See everyone there!

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by KevinFreitas on 8/31/2011 @ 12:17am
Wish I were in town to see her unveiled and figure out how best to adorn her to help her better represent the true passions and hearts here in Tacoma.

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 12:25am
Babe Lehrer's valor in seeing this project through over every obstacle placed in her way is unmatched in the Tacoma art world to the best of my knowledge.

Can't wait to see how the Goddess gets dressed up at Christmas.

Here is what the Lenin statue in Fremont looked like during the holisays:

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 12:28am
Here are some more pictures:

Via the TDI:

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 12:31am

One facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Tacomas-G...

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2011 @ 8:10am

by fredo on 8/31/2011 @ 8:12am
Top ten things the Goddess was overheard saying:

10. There's an itch on my shoulder blade. Could somebody scratch it?
9. Oil can.
8. Why do the little boys keep staring at my breasts?
7. Here's your Arby and milkshake sir!
6. In Mayberry they gave me a chair.
5. Where's that Dude with the salad bowl on his head?
4. Life's good when you're somebody's pet project!
3. Sorry Sir, no sideorders of toast.
2. Could we declare a moritorium on holding these heavy trays?

by amsierra on 8/31/2011 @ 9:16am
WOW! Those pics of 70s Tacoma are dismal! The goddess certainly laid down her wrath when they melted her. So happy that Babe's vision is bringing her back!

by fredo on 8/31/2011 @ 10:24am
amsierra, those are great pictures of lower Pacific Ave from the late 70s.

If the photographer had ventured a bit further north, however, you would have seen larger concentrations of actual people DT than we have today. There were several department stores and lots of other retail activity. Things were shabby to be sure and I think DT looks cleaner today but pedestrian activity is way down.

Of note in the pictures were two buildings that Tacoma should have preserved, the art deco Goodyear Tire Store and the old Japanese Language School.

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 12:09pm
Goddess of Commerce update:

She changed her clothes already pre-unveiling!


by thriceallamerican on 8/31/2011 @ 12:32pm
I vote we leave it covered.

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2011 @ 12:34pm
ouch that's cold! heh

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 12:41pm
Future artistic potentiality from our creative friends in Fremont:

by NineInchNachos on 8/31/2011 @ 5:39pm
good summary of the goddess journey here

by Erik on 8/31/2011 @ 6:06pm
Nice link RR.

Shows the struggle of the Goddess of Commerce to be born in Tacoma.