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Aug. 28, 2009 at 8:37am

Photos ~ Vertical World in SoDo

Welcome to Tacoma!

I snapped a couple pics out of curiosity a week or so ago and was pleased to see Derek's post yesterday that SoDo is getting more business love. Just across the street from the new home of Eagle Tire will soon be Vertical World Climbing Walls. Check this out straight from their company blog:

Ryan Spence, a Tacoma climber, wall builder and creative force, has been spearheading this project. We found this funky old warehouse just a few blocks from the Tacoma Dome. It is on the corner of 24th and A St. It is a perfect location for the gym, with the rail transit line stopping just behind the facility. The design of the walls will be different from anything we have built before. Ryan figured out how to put curves and bends in our textured panels which will ad a whole new experience to climbing our walls.

This is great news for the neighborhood shared by my employer to help lend a little life to a formerly dormant corner. Good luck getting setup and welcome to the neighborhood team Vertical World!

Check out that bitchin' curvy wood piece behind that door -- looks like they could be putting some seriously fun stuff in that space!

comments [13]  |  posted under dome district, fitness, rock climbing, sodo, tacoma, vertical world


by dolly varden on 8/28/2009 @ 8:46am
Very cool news about the climbing gym -- but we can't call that neighborhood SoDo -- makes us look like we have too much Seattle envy. Isn't it called the Dome District?

by KevinFreitas on 8/28/2009 @ 9:00am
Eh, I suppose. I consider the Dome District proper more on the east side of 705. SoDo covers stuff west of that up the hill to Hilltop, south of 21st, and north of I-5 -- at least in my world. ;)

by Nick on 8/28/2009 @ 9:11am
I know! Let's call it EaDo

I mean, it is east of the dome district and all... or maybe if we can find words to fit the nickname FiDo?

by tacoma1 on 8/28/2009 @ 9:14am
Not a climber myself, but it's great to see any business locating in a transit oriented area. Note to other business people wondering where to open up shop...... If your customer's have multiple ways to get to your business, i.e. car, walk, link light rail, sounder, bus.......your more likely to get people into your place of business. This area of town has access in spades. Plus this business is a home town success story, way to go!

Right now, the Tacoma Dome is the main attraction down there. But this area is definitely south of downtown, so Sodo definitely works. Every city has a Sodo, not just Seattle. Didn't Seattle steal the Sodo name from Chicago? Not exactly sure on that.

Once the Lemay museum gets built, we finish the parks along Thea Foss, Amtrack moves over to Freighthouse, we get the D-M mess figured out (and built out), and we add more residents and business's, Sodo will probably be the best name for the place.

by Ann on 8/28/2009 @ 9:30am
Isn't 24th and A is west(ish) of the dome? How about WeDo?
Of course it is south of downtown. How about SoWeDo?

by tacoma1 on 8/28/2009 @ 9:41am
I think it's actually north west, so I would have to go with Nowesodo.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/28/2009 @ 11:14am
Are they going to install a 40' plexiglass SkyDome in the roof so I can rock climb into the heavens?

by BellCaptain on 8/28/2009 @ 3:54pm
Strap on the paws----presume "guests to the City" shall get a warm welcome ?
I shall refer them to the LINK !!

by beerandhotdogs on 8/28/2009 @ 4:25pm


by KevinFreitas on 8/28/2009 @ 4:38pm
@beer: Damn skippy!

@tacoma1: I agree on the transit options = successful business zone. But does that apply to Freighthouse in it's current configuration? The place needs a complete gutting and reimagining imho to make it viable for tourists and residents alike -- regardless of how much transit flows through there.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/28/2009 @ 4:46pm
Imagine, if you will:

Freighthouse re-modeled to keep it's style (mostly) but having a second floor added on with extensive use of glass and skylights. Put in an anchor tenant (or two). Not that I dislike the unique shops... on the contrary I like them way more than the bigger ones. But having a bigger retailer or two in the whole complex can serve as fodder to get some of the less adventurous of us to go and look...

by izenmania on 8/28/2009 @ 5:05pm
There is a second floor. It used to even have actual stores worth going to.

by tacoma1 on 8/28/2009 @ 5:24pm
Freighthouse closes at 7 PM. I can't stay and shop, or eat and drink till I'm fat and silly even if I wanted to, and I personally don't find dining in the middle of a hallway enjoyable or relaxing.

In Kent, they built Kent Station which is a perfect example of TOD right next door to the Sounder Station. Take a look at this link.


The place is all new, clean, very nice, and doing quite well. Now don't get me wrong. I don't believe that all you need is transit to have a successful business. All I'm saying is that if you have access to trains, buses, cars on city streets and freeways, you have to have a leg up on the competition.

If this works in Kent, it will certainly work here. We just have to supply a quality experience and product, and people will show up.


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.


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