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Oct. 4, 2010 at 2:05pm

12th Street Hill Climb Open Again

Just a quick note to say the fences are gone, the workers have gone home, and the 12th Street Hill Climb is open. I checked it out today at lunch and shot these photos . . .

More info on the project here and here and here and here. I'm told there will be a formal event to mark the opening and public art before year's end. The art installation includes the following message written in the tiles:

from amidst a sombre forest of firs

a city has arisen

as by a stroke of an enchanters wand

Tacoma looks forth

like a new Venice

over the glassy waters

and prepares

to handle

the commerce

of the world

Much different than what it looked like in August 2009 . . .

comments [17]  |  posted under downtown, hill climb, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2010 @ 2:13pm
Dang missed a chance to check it out

by Erik on 10/4/2010 @ 4:06pm
Looks very cool and a great improvement to the area.

Too bad there is a hiding place for people to surprise unwary pedestrians on the stair landing on the left which makes the walkway a bit dangerous and perceived as such.

Take a look at the bottom left photo.

by The Jinxmedic on 10/4/2010 @ 4:10pm
I miss the Escalades. (And I'm not talking about overpriced Cadillac trucks.)

by fredo on 10/4/2010 @ 4:22pm
Looks like it's just wide enough to accomodate an automobile.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2010 @ 4:53pm

by Erik on 10/4/2010 @ 4:59pm
Awesome pictures of the "moving sidewalk" RR.

I walked through it once. It was a cement rectangular box with an escalator inside of it enticing people to walk through it and too often to their harm.

That was ONE of the biggest design disasters in the history of Tacoma. The tunnel that was constructed ended up being a magnet for crime all built with the best of intentions.

Built with the best of good intentions but in ignorance of any design safety.

by fredo on 10/4/2010 @ 5:14pm
One of the chief advantages of the modern shopping center is the ability to control the shopping experience both inside the commercial businesses and in the common areas.While this may lead to a rather predictable experience, lessen the occasion of random social activity, and ultimately lead to the impoverishment of the community, it does provide a sort of safe refuge from the outside world.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/4/2010 @ 6:00pm
The original Blue Mouse was torn down to create the Escalade. Can you picture downtown Tacoma if it still had a functional movie theater?

by Erik on 10/4/2010 @ 8:01pm
Yes. Whole blocks of historical buildings were knocked down to build the brutish parking garages.

by NineInchNachos on 10/4/2010 @ 8:21pm
If only downtown was more like the mall.

by fredo on 10/4/2010 @ 8:28pm
Can you picture downtown Tacoma if it still had a functional movie theater? Crenshaw

Another case where Tacoma's arcane tax policies have killed entire business categories. With the exception of the Blue Mouse and the Grand, I don't think there are any theatres left in the Tacoma city limits. Yet, Tacoma persists with it's theatre admission taxes. And we have an entire Department of Economic Development that can't identify obvious ED problems such as this.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/4/2010 @ 10:03pm
Erectile Dysfunction?

by KevinFreitas on 10/5/2010 @ 7:33am
Thanks for the photos Todd! It came out looking pretty good overall. I worry for the blank walls toward the back and north side as targets for tagging though. Haven't developers and municipalities learned large blank walls = tag magnets yet?

by ixia on 10/5/2010 @ 8:41am
The monolith looks harsh in a harsh empty lot between buildings. It feels out of place and cold. Another opportunity lost to create an inviting urban space. Why no trees? It’s silly to tout the ‘green’ nature of the parking garage but fill every space around it with concrete.
Comparing Tacoma to Venice is perfect timing – there are no parking meters in Venice….

by NineInchNachos on 10/5/2010 @ 9:02am
I think they're going to film Robocop V on that hill climb

by narndt on 10/5/2010 @ 9:08am
Geez, that looks kind of depressing. How about some nice hanging baskets?

@NineInchNachos I heard they're using the hillclimb to film scenes for a live-action version of WALL-E. You know, like when WALL-E is cruising around that empty city scooping up garbage and such.

by morgan on 10/5/2010 @ 12:40pm
Does it squirt water?


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