Feb. 17, 2009 at 9:55am

So Tacoma, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Tacoma, an interview...

In light of a new president, a new economic crisis, and the latest happenings in our humble city of Tacoma, where to we, as Tacoma, see ourselves in 5 years?

I want us to consider what has  happened over the past 5 years, look at what is planned, and suggest what we might find 1,825 days from now. I'm talking events, traditions, our identity, new buildings, new businesses . . . there's no limit. Tell me what you predict we will find on February 17, 2014.

comments [12]  |  posted under feedback, future, opinions, outlook, tacoma


by izenmania on 2/17/2009 @ 10:16am
The LeMay Car Museum will have a breaking ground date scheduled and everyone will believe that this time, it's for real.

by fredo on 2/17/2009 @ 10:22am
OK, there needs to more retail and pedestrian activity.

However, in the current economic environment most brick and mortar business plans just won't pencil out. It's not just the lack of spending in the economy. There are high institutional costs which the entrepenuer has no control over. For example, the cost for a full time mimimum wage employee is about $20K per year, $30K if health care benefits are included. Property taxes, which are passed through to the leasee, are sky high. If government wants a retail renaissance in South Tacoma or any other region it will have to address these issues.

I predict that what we'll find in 2014 is a mix of vacant commercial buildings, pawn shops, taverns and tattoo parlors.

by fredo on 2/17/2009 @ 10:24am
Sorry, I thought the blog was about South Tacoma not So Tacoma. Never mind.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/17/2009 @ 10:51am
DATELINE: February 17, 2014

Due to the tombstone filled status of former downtown vacant lots, the socialist city-state of Tacoma has banned the further construction of cemetaries and will resort only to bonfire incineration to dispose of the multitudes of the dead from political denigration and economic deprivation.

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2009 @ 12:09pm
DATELINE: February 18, 2014

Mo Pho in the Hood continues to expand offering diverse flavors of noodles.

by AngelaJossy on 2/17/2009 @ 12:39pm
In my imagined future, the downtown storefronts will all be filled. I have this idea that in order to cut brick and mortar overhead costs the smaller businesses will become roomies. You'll have a coffeeshop/bookstore, clothing store/hair salon, jeweler/florist, restaurant/giftshop/art gallery, shoe repair/leather goods, hardware store/juice bar, grocery/electric car rental and etc.

by ixia on 2/17/2009 @ 1:00pm
Tacoma needs more parking. In particular, we need more parking garages along Pacific Ave.

by ixia on 2/17/2009 @ 1:00pm

by tacoma1 on 2/17/2009 @ 2:37pm
So here are my predictions for what will be happening in 5 years from now.
1. The Lakewood Sounder Station is running trains all day long.
2. T-Link extension is completed up the hill, past the Stadium district to the hospitals.
3. Pierce Transit breaks ground for a new street car network.
4. South Tacoma Way is missing a couple of the current car dealers, and has some electric only car dealers in their place.
5. Tacoma City planners are implementing their complete streets throughout town, making Tacoma even more beautiful and walk able than it is now.
6. The temperatures are just a little warmer in the summer, and the winters have just a little bit more rain than usual.
7. I see the economy back in full bloom, and human nature being what it is; everyone is complaining that their property taxes are too much (this part of T-town never changes).
8. The condos in downtown are finally full, and that I actually have to make a reservation to eat at my favorite restaurants.
9. Legal commerce finally returns to Commerce Street.
10. Russell Investments threatens to leave town, and holds taxpayers hostage (literally, barricades their offices with hundreds of Tacoma citizens inside held at gunpoint) until the city council coughs up more tax incentives.
11. The overall number of active Fort Lewis soldiers is at an all time low, as the Country is no longer at war.
12. We have a city referendum on having another vote about when we are going to vote on how we are going to vote.

by jcbetty on 2/17/2009 @ 5:36pm
@Tacoma 1-- I have to love your optimism at #11, but I also have to inject a potential reality, there: through the Base Realignment and Closure Act, certain military bases will become super-spots (don't know the exact name of the mega-posts) --and Ft Lewis/McChord is slated to be one of those. It's already happening, albeit slowly so we don't yet see the impact. But what's good about that fact is that, yeah, in five years, the overall number of soldiers will be higher--even if we are still at war-- BUT that will mean more commerce and commercial stability. fwiw.

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2009 @ 5:50pm
Marty has the best optimism. That's not a bad thing yo.

by GL on 2/18/2009 @ 2:38pm
Still hoping for a retail anchor that will get people downtown during the day, so they have a reason to stick around in the evening.


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