Sep. 13, 2011 at 2:30pm
Not to get carried away, but it appears that the city council will be discussing the possibility of renovating/remodeling the Tacoma Dome to potentially attract an NBA or NHL team. This got me to thinking, is Tacoma ready to be the home of a major league team?
I see a couple of "planets" that would have to align just right for that to happen:Investment
First and foremost, someone would have to be willing to purchase or assemble a team. With the likes of Russell no longer vested in Tacoma, I don't see a lot of local high-profile investors (individuals or corporate) that could afford something of that magnitude. Regionally perhaps, but then the sale has to compete with the likes of Seattle.Regional Support
The market would have to support this endeavor, and more or less guarantee success on paper. This means it would need more than just support from Tacoma. It would need to rally the support of the entire region to establish a large enough fan base to make it viable. This would have to be perceived as more of a "get the puget sound area (or Washington) a hockey/basketball team" rather than "get *Tacoma* a [...] team."Money
It would take more than a Tacoma Dome renovation. A public investment should catalyze a process that would happen on its own anyway. The purpose of catalyzing it would be to ensure that it would happen in Tacoma rather than somewhere else nearby.
That's my take. Maybe a bit pessimistic, but I think Tacoma has succeeded at bigger challenges, so I don't think it's off the table. Just maybe a bit more challenging than the TNT headline might lead us to believe.
Sep. 7, 2011 at 12:45pm
So I decided to check out this new downtown grocery store and have to say I was more excited about the idea after actually going inside. Before I could go in I couldn't help but notice the cluster of protesters outside. Word on the street is our new grocer isn't a union-friendly shop. Personally I haven't yet decided what my opinion is on the matter, but I found it difficult to be anything but enthusiastic about a grocer that was willing to operate downtown.
So what does FeedTacoma think? Is this union thing a deal breaker for you, something you're willing to tolerate, or is it not even on your radar? What about the store itself - do you like it? Do they have a good selection? Do you think they will succeed? Share your thoughts!
Aug. 30, 2011 at 12:31pm
Speculation on a Walmart locating at
So I just received this email via the CNC email list and thought I'd share. Personally I find it disappointing to see a potential big box retailer go in (particularly Walmart). Especially if the original plan was for medical buildings and the higher-level higher-wage jobs they would have accommodated.
Thoughts? Reactions? Opinions? Please share...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 12:33pm
I've been a happy customer Click! (TPU) for years and until recently haven't had any problems. For about a week I've noticed a significant decline in the quality of my connection, particularly when streaming Netflix videos.
I can confirm that at least one other person (Kevin) has been having a similar experience. Has anyone else experienced similar issues?
I really hope Click! is not throttling bandwidth based on content or to whom I am connecting (read: violating the principles of net neutrality). If anyone from Click is reading this, would it be possible to get some kind of official response on this?
Aug. 8, 2011 at 4:22pm
Salt, meet wound...
I don't know how many of you caught this blip from the BE, but the US wasn't the only one to feel the sting of a credit downgrade from S&P. Our own beloved Tacoma was downgraded to AA-/Stable from AA/Watch Negative.
If you're not a finance geek, in practical terms that means borrowing money just got more expensive at city hall. It also means that just about any project that the city is funding (at least in part) by issuing bonds could be negatively impacted. Ouch!
Jul. 28, 2011 at 9:57am
With the Sounder construction I haven't been driving past this corner for a while. While filling up the tank I noticed something shiny across the street:
Jun. 7, 2011 at 11:22am
Are we rea ready for a change?
Today, the city of Tacoma operates under a council-manager system of government. Under this arrangement, the city employs a non-elected city manager to effectively run the city's day-to-day operations under the direction of an elected part-time city council. It is my understanding that Tacoma has operated under this system for quite some time, and thus far it seems to work (though how well is a topic of debate).
In the wake of some unpopular (and in at least one case, arguably unethical) decisions made by the city manager, Eric Anderson, many have suggested that perhaps it is time to reexamine what our city government looks like. The most viable alternative to the council-manager system would be a strong mayor system. In this scenario, the city manager position would be eliminated, with the responsibilities shifted over to the elected mayor.
This would most likely require that the office of mayor be converted to a full-time commitment, with the option of also bringing the city council to full-time status as well.
That title isn't completely true, there are actually two questions:
- Which form of government makes the most sense for Tacoma now and going forward?
- If a change to a strong-mayor system is due, what would it take to make that happen?
Apr. 8, 2011 at 11:14am
(awesome video inside)
I know a lot of us want to see downtown succeed as a thriving hub for retail, commerce, and most importantly, people. Check out this video and share your thoughts on it. I see a lot of ideas that I think would translate well into how we plan/think about our downtown.
The professor giving the talk also has some interesting insight into the suburban mall model - maybe understanding that would help to find ways to combat the draining effect our nearby mall seems to have on our downtown?
Aug. 9, 2010 at 12:20pm
I was inspired by Chris's post on Tacoma Tomorrow to point out that B-cycle (think Zipcar for bikes) is taking votes by zip to help decide where to locate next. So unless you think it's some sort of UN conspiracy to turn us all into toothpaste, go put our beloved town on the map!
May. 5, 2010 at 1:34pm
What's the value of a parking space and who deserves it?
With all the buzz about the new parking pay stations coming to parts of downtown, I want to try and frame the discussion in a different way. I want to talk about the value of a free parking space. Just like anything for which there is demand, a free parking space is worth something. Exactly how much it is worth would depend on its location, size, etc.
If we can accept this as a reasonable assertion, the question then becomes: who is it that deserves this value, and who should decide this? Is it the drivers that park there? Is it the city? The storefront businesses? The neighborhood? Some combination?
If we can find an answer to that question, I think we can more easily sort out whether or not paid parking makes sense, and if so how much makes sense.
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So, what's almost as fun as sitting in front of a computer all day? Talking about the growth and development of a new Tacoma, duh!
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