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Jun. 28, 2012 at 6:54am

Tacoma Tidbits - Bike Power, Signage, New Biz, and Building

First, a couple pretty, artsy shots

The Commerce Building towering over Pacific Ave.

Mullan's classy old neon sign.

Now some brief business news

Chopstix/Keys has papered up the windows of their new space along Pacific. Can't wait to see the result and the night life it produces especially since nearby Hell's Kitchen is going out of business.

Pacific Office Automation is moving in just near 12th & Pacific.

And finally, a bit of bad ass biking

Bicycle pulling a lawnmower? Shouldn't that be an electric or push reel really? ;)

comments [14]  |  posted under bike, building, chopstix, commerce, keys, mullans, pacific office automation, sign, tacoma, tidbits


by JesseHillFan on 6/28/2012 @ 7:09am
Great Pictures.That's a hefty trailer too.I am going to replace much of my lawn as I feel that grass lawns serve little purpose.feel that it would be better to use my yard to grow more food so as to lessen my need to go grocery shopping.This I feel is environmentally friendlier (less trips for me and the food transported to the stores) and better utilization.Also I recognize the harm of using a fossil fuel powered lawn mower however I currently use a hand push mower.So I might need to get an electric rototiller though to help eliminate more lawn. 

by KevinFreitas on 6/28/2012 @ 7:39am
Couldn't agree more @Jesse! I outed nearly all grass at my house a couple years ago (see www.kevinfreitas.net/blog/photos-grassle...) and it's way easier to maintain by weeding a couple times a year. Plus, as you mentioned, I get to eat things from it and don't have to water nearly as much.
If you ever want help or need tips let me know!

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 7:53am

by JesseHillFan on 6/28/2012 @ 8:23am
Kevin you can call me Jon (That's my real first name) so as not to be anonymous here.Anyway the first couple of years at my house I decided to obtain some fruit trees.They were quite productive and sometime I would have several buckets full of cherries.Not anymore though as the raccoons every year devastate them even though I eliminated about a dozen of these pests.However one thing that I have found is that somehow the raccoons don't seem to bother my raspberry patch at all (Yes it's picking time right now).Anyway liked your pictures and I agree it's time for me to convert more of my yard to growing crops.By the way I have switched more towards being a vegetarian too although I will occasionally (rarely) still eat meat Oh I do have the finest lemons in Tacoma (Yes lemon trees in my small greenhouse) however they bear fruit around Christmas time.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 8:32am
I fully endorse lawn removal.   Last night I made I giant bowl of salad for dinner from a chunk of land that used to be lawn.  Tagro + Raised beds (arsenic proof) is a winning combination

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 8:34am
a small electric fence around the base of the fruit tree should fix the raccoon problem.

by fredo on 6/28/2012 @ 8:40am

We just transformed much of our property into lawn. Now we have lush green grass. It looks great and the kids love to play in our yard. Its nice to walk on in your barefeet and we've set up a badmitten court that gets use every day. If there was an urban canopy over our yard we wouldn't have such wonderful grass.

by cisserosmiley on 6/28/2012 @ 9:13am
Oh Fredo, if your kids want nature sign them up for the metro parks bus tour of nature.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 9:16am
Max prefers metro parks grass..  kompan equipment and spray grounds, masses of squealing children.   Protect your skin kids!

by JesseHillFan on 6/28/2012 @ 9:16am
Thanks Ryan.I agree I sometimes grow lettuce and carrots.Yum it's better tasting than old grocery vegetables.I'll consider your electric fence proposal though I've considered ultrasonic deterrence as well.

by fredo on 6/28/2012 @ 9:45am

Bet max would like a nice patch of yard to play in right outside your door. I could be wrong.

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 9:54am
oh we still have patches.  

by CaptainBritton on 6/28/2012 @ 10:08am
A few years ago, a relation was visiting from the far east. He remarked about America's landscaping, "What's the deal with all of the lawns? Is it so they can all feel like little kings?"

by cisserosmiley on 6/28/2012 @ 10:11am
That's funny because whenever I travel to warmer climates it takes me a couple days to believe I'm not in "the ghetto" because there is so little grass.


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