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Sep. 22, 2009 at 2:35pm

13th and Pacific

Celebrating Pacific Plaza, Losing Luzon

I went down to the corner of 13th and Pacific this morning to check out the Pacific Plaza ribbon-cutting ceremony. I have to admit that a certain local cartoonist's idea of this morning's event was in the back of my mind, but everything was par for the course . . .

Shiny and new Pacific Plaza . . .

Let me guess, Mr. Mayor. Tacoma is 'on a roll' . . .

The scissors actually work . . .

All of this was familiar territory considering the Index toured the building three weeks ago.

Meanwhile, preparations were being made across the street for the Luzon's looming destruction . . .

If you want to tag or paste any guerrilla art on the Luzon, you will have to get past this guy . . .

Is it just me, or does this tractor driver seem kind of anxious to get things started . . . ?

It's official -- the 'For Lease' sign has been discarded . . .

Finally, Mt. Tahoma will be visible from here come next week . . .

comments [14]  |  posted under Downtown, Luzon, Pacific Plaza, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 2:52pm
such a contrasted event, rich with metaphors. I hope Kevin gets some good photos of the demolition. Just wear a respirator!

by Marty on 9/22/2009 @ 3:15pm
"The Tree" should be auctioned off for charity.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/22/2009 @ 3:36pm
I believe that Mr. Gintz is going to turn the tree into a picture frame for a list of all the people that have failed to restore the Luzon to its former glory. Probably a long list, I hope Gintz has enough wood.

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 3:47pm
I believe he will Gintz will print the names on a piece of microfiche. that should make for plenty of wood for a frame.

by izenmania on 9/22/2009 @ 3:53pm
Perhaps he could craft some kind of "Non-Donor Wall".

by ixia on 9/22/2009 @ 5:12pm
LEED Platinum certification for a parking garage? That's like calling I-5 between Tacoma and Seattle a wildlife corridor. Verbally creative for sure. Great urban planning fit for the next century? Not so much.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/22/2009 @ 7:37pm
"If you want to tag or paste any guerrilla art on the Luzon, you will have to get past this guy"

Easy enough... but I have to work tomorrow, so no late-nite shenanigans. However, here is some food for thought:

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 8:04pm
shouldn't that cop be wearing a hard hat or something?

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/22/2009 @ 8:10pm
I find it kinda funny... on the way home, I saw the security woman sitting in her car, parked nearly on the sidewalk against the Luzon.

I mean, if that thing can go at any time...

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 8:39pm
perhaps she is unhappy and resigned her life to fate.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/23/2009 @ 8:05am
Wow. Another undeveloped parking lot coming to the site of a former historical treasure near you. Great job, guys.

by ixia on 9/23/2009 @ 8:32am
And another parking garage to be built for you up by the Elks courtesy City of Tacoma.

by fredo on 9/23/2009 @ 9:33am
ixia@ good point.

the city is funding parking garages to encourage auto use, funding bike lanes to encourage bicycle use, and funding mass transit and paid parking to encourage alternative transportation. ain't socialism great?

by Nick on 9/23/2009 @ 2:06pm
Baby steps guys, baby steps! With all the crappy luck Tacoma's had lately, let's not forget some of the good things.

How about that parking requirement eh? Fixed that one didn't we? Well, maybe not 100% but it was a lot more than I expected from our leadership. We won't see the effects of that for a while, but it definitely steers Tacoma towards the course that will take us to a livable/walkable cityscape.

Also we are getting federal funds for some sort of transit-oriented thing that nobody seems to know anything about, and with that Elks parking garage comes the assurance that THAT historic building will not suffer the same fate as the Luzon (hopefully).

I figure if we can't have it all, well then fine. Let's at least celebrate our victories so far this year and maybe balance out the depressing news as of late.

Can anyone else think of another victory, large or small, that we as a city can recognize this year?


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