TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Mar. 25, 2011 at 12:00pm

7 Downtown Tacoma Observations

I. The former King's Inn Motel is coming down today to make way for Sounder to Lakewood. The Star Fuel and Ice building is next . . .

II. The former 'Thanks-A-Latte' drive-thru espresso stand near Tacoma Dome Station is now a 'sex-presso' stand . . .

III. MetaBooks, R.I.P.

IV. Happy Teriyaki needs an editor . . .

V. I don't know what it means, but I like it . . .

VI. Some changes are subtle . . .

(last year)



VII. Spotted on the ground-floor of the City-owned Park Plaza North garage. Can someone explain the 'broken windows theory' to the folks at City Hall?

comments [26]  |  posted under Downtown, Tacoma


by Erik on 3/25/2011 @ 12:28pm
Awesome pictures.

Good question: would the boarded up windows be legal if it were a private building?

Seems like a cheap way to reduce blight downtown by maintaining the Tacoma City Parking Garage which is raking in huge sums of money.

by thriceallamerican on 3/25/2011 @ 12:36pm
"Corporate Training Facility"? The fuck?

I always loved making fun of the name Thanks-A-Latte, I'll miss the ritual of driving by and pretending to laugh at that awful play on words.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 12:44pm
Thoroughly entertaining as always. Such a bummer about Meta Books... logo designed by Tacoma's own Anagram Press!

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 12:50pm
We Delivery!
maybe they mean small delivery?

by jenyum on 3/25/2011 @ 12:53pm
Yes, I love that the city of Tacoma feels the need to stamp their ownership on those boards, too. We wouldn't want to be confused about who they belonged to.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 12:57pm
stay positive! there are no red tags warning of meth contamination like a couple boarded up houses in my neighborhood do

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 12:59pm
Hey Todd, should try and make it over to the Kalakala

before she sinks beneath the waves.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 1:16pm

by Joel 413 on 3/25/2011 @ 2:03pm
I've been meaning to take a picture of Happy Teriyaki for weeks! thanks Todd!

by panachronic on 3/25/2011 @ 2:47pm
RE: Photo VII

The city is missing an opportunity here. They should be leasing that space to Clear Channel.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 3:21pm
YES! would be much more convenient to picket

by The Jinxmedic on 3/25/2011 @ 3:28pm

by panachronic on 3/25/2011 @ 4:06pm
"YES! would be much more convenient to picket"

Indeed it would. Just a short walk from the Chalk Off, and out of the rain, too.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 4:27pm
lol that would take a long time to write with a wood burner

by The Jinxmedic on 3/25/2011 @ 4:40pm
You had better get started, then.

by daubermaus on 3/25/2011 @ 4:47pm
"lol that would take a long time to write with a wood burner"

Naw, jigsaw cut a sheet of plywood into a huge stencil and use a mapp gas or old fashion blow torch.

With three people you could walk up, hold the board against the wall, burnout the stencil and walk away in less than two minutes.......

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 5:05pm
impossible your plywood stencil would burst into flames! then you'd be two people holding a huge flaming piece of plywood and a stranger with a blow torch. You're sure to draw unwanted attention! well if you could do it after 5 pm and nobody would be there to see.

by fredo on 3/25/2011 @ 5:09pm
Happy Teriyaki

"We Delivery"

by ixia on 3/25/2011 @ 5:15pm
Pacific Plaza still has boarded up windows...boarded since construction - so tacky!

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 3/25/2011 @ 5:26pm
too late re: park plaza north. i shot that photo this morning. i left work today @ 5 pm and the boards were gone and the window is fine. i have been told the technical term is that the situation has been 'mcnair-huff'-ed.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 5:29pm
TDI Reporters have the ability to heal and reverse blight with the click of a camera. Halleluiah!

Suggest you start taking photos of the frost park fountain.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2011 @ 5:30pm
I would like to know if the Pothole Pig has the same magical healing properties

by cisserosmiley on 3/25/2011 @ 6:45pm
what about the window scene mural artists that showed up at 5:30 to paint the plywood into an urban renewal themed trompe ' they have to grafitti your trash cans tonight...way to go rob

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/25/2011 @ 7:58pm
Today while driving home from the thriving Port of Tacoma, I noticed what appears to be scaffolding going up on the Jackson Building. Is it technically in downtown or not?

Will investigate.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/26/2011 @ 11:08pm
And upon closer investigation, scaffolding is indeed going up @ the Jackson building. Looks like work is resuming!

by Jesse on 3/27/2011 @ 10:16am
@Thorax: There was a story on this I think in the TNT about how it's being wrapped , and stop the weathering/rotting, and resumed construction when the banks aren't so stingy so it can be tackled later with their money.


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