Feb. 15, 2008 at 1:44pm
Plenty has been done over the last few years to help make Tacoma even more a place to be proud of. A newly christened group called Local Life, however, isn't resting on those laurels. They want to see the progress continue and hope to give it a shot in the arm starting with a couple charettes. From their press release:
Local Life Tacoma, Go Local Tacoma, and The Downtown Merchants Group are presenting local charrettes called Go Local or Die. After enduring through decades of disinvestment and disinterest, significant work has been done toward revitalizing the physical structure and community networks of downtown Tacoma. Yet, much remains to be done. To insure the future vitality of this great neighborhood, residents, organizations, and businesses will gather to discuss the immediate and long term benefits from living a more local and community based life.
The charrettes will take place on February 26 and March 25 at 6:00pm. They will be hosted by Jim Diers, the former Director of Neighborhoods in Seattle and author of the book Neighbor Power. He is an international consultant on community mobilization and the son of Herman Diers, a noted community activist and Hilltop resident. Jim is well known for empowering Seattle’s neighborhoods in the 90s and has since facilitated productive action-oriented dialogues around the world.
Both charrettes will feature opening ideas and continued public dialogue with local innovators and leaders whose work has been valued in the downtown community.
Plenty of local names will take part in the panels (e.g. myself, Amy McBride, Roxanne Murphy, Morgan Alexander, Derek Young, and more!). I tossed both dates on the FeedTacoma calendar where you can harvest more time/date/place details. Should be some great discussions and hopefully some real plans/ideas will come of it. So what do you think needs to happen next in Tacoma's growth and development?
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by Erik on 2/15/2008 @ 2:48pm
|They will be hosted by Jim Diers, the former Director of Neighborhoods in Seattle and author of the book Neighbor Power.
Now I might have a book I need to read.
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!