RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Sep. 25, 2009 at 9:40pm


Sometimes One Man Can Make a Difference

By the time the auto post feature makes this page live I will be making my way to the LUZON.

It is my intention to stop the destruction of this historical building by camping out inside
on the top floor in a secret hiding place. I will post updates in the comment thread using my iphone.  I will camp out as long as it takes to melt the icicle heart of our city manager Eric Anderson.  I am a master of hiding. DO NOT TRY AND FIND ME!


  • rope
  • sleeping bag (black)
  • 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwitches
  • respirator
  • black stocking cap
  • pry bar
  • canteen of water
  • first aid kit
  • flash light (with red lens)
  • adult diapers
  • duct tape
  • small tent (for decoy)
  • wireless internet connection
I figure as long as I'm in the LUZON they can't demolish it. 
Hopefully I'll buy the preservation guys some time to change Mr. Anderson's mind.

comments [81]  |  posted under action, activisim, DIY, empowerment, preservationist, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 10:22pm
crap. 12 foot fence. see 2 rent-a-cops in car. shouldn't they be wearing hardhats? place lit up like fourth of july. gotta think

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 10:29pm
typical n00b mistake. city forgot to weld manhole covers shut. see u in the basement.

by Erik on 9/25/2009 @ 10:43pm
Good luck. Signal us when you get in. We will send someone to throw food up to you.

by morgan on 9/25/2009 @ 10:55pm
RR: I wish I could join you but I have baby duty tonight! Girl's night out. I'll be with you in spirit though.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/25/2009 @ 10:55pm
The News Tribune, Sunday September 27, 2009:

THE planned destruction of the ill-fated and somewhat renown Luzon Building on the corner of South 13th street and Pacific Avenue went off yesterday with some issues despite the mustering of heavy equipment.

While the seriously dilapidated building was one of two remaining buildings on the West Coast designed by the famed Burnham and Root, decades of neglect took their toll and the structure was in danger of collapse, according to the city.

The demolition, scheduled to begin at 7 am, was delayed by nearly five hours due to the unexpected and brazen acts of a Tacoma man. The individual, identified by police as R.R. Anderson, 30 of Tacoma. Known to be a member of the quasi-legal CLAW association, Anderson was at the forefront as a criticizer of the City's decision to raze the building.

Police reports state that Anderson was spotted scaling the walls of the doomed structure at approximately 5:30 am wearing nothing except for his underwear, a red fez and a makeshift red cape. A security guard called 9-1-1, reporting a suicidal lunatic on the condemned building. The police were quick to arrive, and found Anderson standing on the Pacific Avenue ledge of the roof.

While the details are somewhat unclear, what is certain is that Anderson repeatedly pelted the police officers with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while yelling:

"Man, Root and Burnham, Burnham and Root, man. Man, those guys, with their steel frame style, man. Don't ya dig it? Don't be all like a jive turkey, man. Root, man. Burnham! Dig it?"

The police, confused as to what Anderson was saying in his shrill voice, notified the FBI of a possible terrorist action. At approximately 9 am, five hundred federal marshals along with an elite Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis and a fleet of ten Chinook Helicopters surrounded the building by both land and air.

Negotiations with Anderson went on until noon, when City Manager Eric Anderson told the federal authorities that it would "be like totally swell and save the city like this dumptruck full of cash" if they went ahead and shelled the building, including Anderson prancing on it's roof.

Initially hesitant to needlessly wreak havoc and kill innocent civilians, the commanding officers held a teleconference with President Obama. Upon learning that Tacoma is a city very near Seattle, the president became worried, stating that "We cannot risk something like this possibly tarnishing the gleaming reputation of precious, precious Seattle. Bomb the son-of-a-bitch".

Ordered to shell the Luzon building, the Strykers suffered from poor aiming and leveled the nearby Hotel Murano instead. Laughing and giddy, Anderson jumped from the building, landing in front of a Stryker, breaking both legs. Immediately surrounded, Anderson surrendered, claiming that "the bitter, frozen north will rise again." While no previous evidence exists, the FBI is linking Anderson to the Alaska Secessionist Party, and will be sent to Guantanamo Bay, pending his trial scheduled for July 19th, 2112.

In apologies for missing the Luzon, the US Airforce directed a C-130 to drop a Daisy Cutter bomb on the building as a "freebie".

by morgan on 9/25/2009 @ 11:04pm

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/25/2009 @ 11:07pm
"It's just a bunch of miscolored bricks."---Andrew from Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:17pm
nice vaulted ceilings down here. glasses fogging up. hella nervous. spotty internet connection... almost to basement. shoes wet.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/25/2009 @ 11:31pm
Stay away from the Boiler Room! He's waiting there!

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:32pm
quite the spectacle going on outside. half way up.

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:34pm
elevator shaft is quite handsome. it is a shame this is all going to be demolished

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:41pm
hear shouting.. gotta lay low. respirator filling up with sweat dripping on keypad.

kinda reminds you of
Orson Wells war of the worlds No?

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:48pm
dust thick in hallway. faint glow under door. electricity?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/25/2009 @ 11:51pm
Dear lord, you may have come upon the lair of the Tully's wino. Some say he lives in Fireman's park but I've never seen him there in the wee small hours of the morning. If you see empty Tully's cups you may be hot on the trail.

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:52pm
glow coming from gas lamp. room looks in excellent shape. examining old phonograph..

by fredo on 9/25/2009 @ 11:56pm
I snuck into an "abandoned" building once when I was a teenager. Well, it was abandoned except the owner had left a couple of german shepherds in there. If you're really in there RR a tip of the hat to you.

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2009 @ 11:56pm
spring on phonograph appears to be freshly wound. don't hear rent-a-cops.. dare I play the wax cylinder?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:02am
this isn't right. building supposed to be abandoned. why room look so lived in? !!!!!! clock on mantle just !!!!! chimed!!!!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:06am
can't breath with this respirator!! bad seal on bridge of nose fogging glasses. freaked otu. leaving room.

by morgan on 9/26/2009 @ 12:08am
Stop it! You're freaking me out!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:17am
a semi-transparent elevator attendant just asked me WHICH FLOOR? 13th.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:24am
semi-transparent elevator attendant just said if I had no business in the LUZON, I would have to leave. He's tired of yokel THRILL SEEKERS

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 12:26am
I was just down there, RR... there's more than Rent-a-cops down there. At least 3x bike (real) cops, 2 patrol cars parked out there and I saw at least 4 cop cars cruise by... the city is paranoid. There is something more than meets the eye. This ain't a normal demolition. What kind of interest must be involved to require at least 4 rent-a-cops and 9 real cops? This is creeping me out, man.

Watch out for searchlights. No joke one of the cars was flashing it on the Commerce side... looking for something. But what?

by Erik on 9/26/2009 @ 12:27am
Ok RR. The building is unsafe.

This is not some kind of joke.

They are going to start demolishing the building in 6 and a half hours.

Better get out of there now. You have made your point.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:28am

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:31am
I need 2 get 2 roof. Time dilation be damned

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:33am
Looking out window now. Don't see any cops. DON'T SEE ANY RUSSELL BUILDING! NO PARKING GARAGE!!!!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:41am
door to the roof is locked. need a skeleton key, do they make those anymore?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:46am
Ok that was scary. the locked door to the roof just opened by itself.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 12:53am
don't go in! It's a trap!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:53am
5 minutes till Saturday. According to this map, the secret passage way should be right around this corner.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 1:03am
I am standing atop the LUZON looking down at pacific. I see a street car going past.. like the one in old spaghetti factry. empty.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 1:06am
See the swamps of the port lit up by only the headlights of coal-powered trains?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 1:10am
to my left I see a turbine vent. there is an envelope stuck 2 side. curious.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 1:12am
in the distance I hear a steam whistle. faint. like mist.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 1:14am
funny. It is starting to snow?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 1:17am
setting up sleeping bag under corrugated tin panel. GOOD NIGHT TACOMA WHEREVER YOU ARE.

by StacyEmerson on 9/26/2009 @ 1:27am
Genius, I'd say.

by Dave_L on 9/26/2009 @ 2:03am
spring on phonograph appears to be freshly wound...dare I play the wax cylinder?
Point the horn out the window and play all the cylinders. All night.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 7:15am
LIVE from the rooftop of the LUZON, IT'S SATURDAY MORN!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 7:55am
Some of my supporters spotted this morning! thanks guys..


by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 7:58am
hopefully the restraining order sticks:

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 8:33am
the lord will protect me twitpic.com/j7e97

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 8:40am

by morgan on 9/26/2009 @ 8:49am
A people with no history have no future.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 8:51am
I will not be moved from my hiding spot on top of LUZON. I have exhausted my supply of adult diapers.

by morgan on 9/26/2009 @ 8:53am
"I think (Anderson's) made up his mind and he feels he's doing the right thing and that's what he's paid to do, " Baarsma said. "If I were to make the call, I'd wait. I'd get some more information to see if in fact there was a way to stabilize the building. But I understand how (the city manager) system (of government) works and where he's coming from."

Is it time to change Tacoma's form of government? Why is the city manager deciding the city's destiny? Isn't that supposed to be the job of our elected leaders?

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 8:53am
Erik Anderson is calling to me from pacific plaza with bullhorn. SEE YOU IN HELL RR! says he.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:01am
my lawyers are calling in a rescue helicopter. If you see me floating do not be alarmed. It is an invisible helicopter.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:04am
Lord almighty... THE ROBOT CLAW ARM has found me! I forgot to hide the heat signature of my PBJ sandwich cache!!!

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:07am
I have jammed the steel jaws open with a discarded femur bone. Perhaps I can reach the toggle switch for the overhead fire door..

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:08am
this historical LUZON bld isn't going to save itself.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:13am
have one shot at this, fashioned crude pair of stilts from shattered plaster lath. Time to deploy protest banner. World will now my story

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:18am

by amsierra on 9/26/2009 @ 9:21am
Inside the building your humor is brilliant and tragic. Outside the building it's just tragic. A former city leader just told me that he wishes that someone had been inside to help save the building.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 9:25am
Erik Anderson is laughing at me from pacific plaza. You know what? Screw the LUZON. I'm going home.

by KevinFreitas on 9/26/2009 @ 9:39am
Pics of the massacre at f.33d.me/neR01n

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 11:02am
It'd be easy to say that we need to vote for better candidates, ones who aren't content to let deadbeats let their buildings rot until it's too late.
What good does “voting more carefully” do when T-Town is run under a city manager system? The manager is unelected, appointed by and accountable only to city council. Why even have a mayor? The office is only symbolic anyway.

@Morgan... drop me an email at: thoraxotool at gmail dot com

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 12:51pm
a television reporter explains the historical significance of the LUZON


you can see me fighting with the robot arm in the background.

by marumaruyopparai on 9/26/2009 @ 1:20pm
Well done sir, well done.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 1:34pm
Drove by.... sad, sad, sad.

by morgan on 9/26/2009 @ 2:08pm
RR: Your actions have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for risking your life in order to save Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 9/26/2009 @ 10:09pm
today was tacoma's very own historical 9/11

I recommend we adopt these emergency HISTORICAL PATRIOT ACT(S):

1. declare war on all derelict building owners

2. start domestic spying program on all associates and business links to derelict building owners. complete data awareness!

3. preemptive 'eminent domain' property seizures in addition to preemptive historical register designations with or without owner's consent

4. torture and detain indefinitely all derelict building owners within the INTERNATIONAL WAR ON APATHY DISTRICT downtown. and when I say 'torture' I don't mean wimpy CIA bush memo torture. I mean no accountability 3rd party rummy/blackwater torture.

5. carte blanch for historical society funding.

6. state secrets rubber stamping of potential public records requests reflecting poorly on Historical society.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/26/2009 @ 10:24pm
7. create a government-organized credentials system (similar to TWIC) that elected (and appointed) public officials are required to get to qualify for duty. Requirements to qualify for this "Civic Leaders Accountability and Workability" credential include remedial study of urban planning and economics.

by ixia on 9/27/2009 @ 7:50am
8. Consider a 5 dollar historic conservation tax levy on propery tax. 5 bucks a year won't hurt anyone, even frredo must admit.

by fredo on 9/27/2009 @ 8:05am
Let me interrupt your proposed legislation for just a moment so that I may pay tribute to our new Tacoma hero.

"Through the dust and the smoke of that man made hell,
Walked a giant of a man that the bloggers knew well,
Grabbed a sagging timber and a logging workers spar,
And like a giant oak tree just stood there alone...RR"

(lyrics altered from Johnny Cash's marvelous Big Bad John)

R.I.P. RR 2009

by fredo on 9/27/2009 @ 8:16am
Ixia@ I'll endorse your $5 conservation tax levy if you'll endorse a moratorium on minimum wage / prevailing wage legislation which is making the cost of preservation so abhorrently high that demolition is the only option.

by ixia on 9/27/2009 @ 8:20am
That would make demolition WAY more affordable.

by fredo on 9/27/2009 @ 8:59am
Ixia@ A handful of laborers brought down the Luzon in one shift. I doubt if altering their wage rate would make any significant difference in the cost of demolition. OTOH, construction labor costs are so exorbitant in the US that marginal projects (like the Luzon) just will not pencil out. The proof is on page 1 News Tribune.

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 8:28am
Happy birthday Luzon demolition! you really made a difference to the Pacific Plaza's bottom line. Maybe the Attorney General wont get pigeon poop on his shoes.

by ixia on 9/27/2010 @ 8:54am
What Putnam deemed an eyesore now is a gorgeous spot. What Anderson thought to be a dangerous situation now is safe. Just don’t let the many many people flocking to Pacific Plaza use the sidewalk…
Funny thing: if you look across the street at the gloriously renovated parking garage, you can see that the lower level windows are still boarded up - a classy eye sore.

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 10:35am
I wish I could 'like' comments on feed tacoma. Love your observations ixia.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/27/2010 @ 11:04am
Look out, Old City Hall is next.

(just a reminder: www.thenewstribune.com/2010/03/19/111547... )

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 12:03pm
if they turn park plaza north into a LEED building will they see old city hall as an eyesore that must be torn down?

by cisserosmiley on 9/27/2010 @ 12:13pm
Just a reminder to anyone who wishes to have Tacoma become a more special place---you can have a city-wide initiative in place with only 10% of the previous mayoral turnout signing, (3800 signatures) ...so everyone get initiatives written...they're not just for two-term council members to try and get term limits extended, they are for REAL citizens to make HONEST changes to a GREAT city.

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 1:03pm

by cisserosmiley on 9/27/2010 @ 1:29pm
hmmm??? is that a change to a strong mayor initiative hmmm?

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 2:03pm
no way, that's boring. i'm thinking space elevator

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 2:05pm
i can see it now. city attorneys threatening me to give up on the Space Elevator initiative now or they will sue my pants off.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/27/2010 @ 2:12pm
A carbon-fiber "Beanstalk" space elevator. That's the monorail of the future, I tell you!

by NineInchNachos on 9/27/2010 @ 2:23pm
yes. magic beans! Screw the space shuttle!!!!


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