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Aug. 6, 2010 at 9:41am

Downtown Mini Photo Safari V

It's been almost five months since the last Downtown Mini Photo Safari. Let's download the digital camera, shall we?

Putting the finishing touches on the Ben Gilbert Park mural. Don't miss the dedication Aug. 14.


Spotted in a downtown alley. The further you step away from this pixelated mural, the clearer it becomes.


Finally! A future for print newspapers!


There's a lot of buzz right now about new cafes opening in Tacoma. I like it. I dropped by Clancy's Coffee near UWT and the Washington State History Museum on Thursday morning -- the coffee is good and it looks great in there. Hard to believe that used to be the old bagel deli. The barista told me Clancy's opened last week.


Building evacuation earlier this week.


A little encouragement for all those extend-the-link / build-the-streetcar folks out there.


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by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2010 @ 10:17am
Love these photo posts of yours sir.


noted myself the odd placement of the tables on that WSHM cafe. Its interesting because of how much poor building design effects business model... as a person how appealing is it to sit in that table all alone next to a blank wall... notice also how that table is fenced off from the cluster of tables on other side of fence.

Why cant we design buildings that look good on a post card AND function to bipedal organisms?

by boearc on 8/6/2010 @ 11:14am
NiN, I concur on the need for the cafe to have the fence removed in order to give it a better chance at being successful. If the fence was gone, and bollards installed to let peds through but not vehicles, then the cafe can have a retail frontage both to the Bridge and Pacific Avenue (all in the afternoon sunshine no less). The cafe will be become the 'hub' of pedestrian activity circulating around it and it makes the plaza that much more of an intiviting place to be. Also, if the WSHM wants an outdoor kiosk, this location at the end of an unfenced bridge would be ideal rather than stuffing up the 19th Street Arch.

by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2010 @ 11:22am
I'm picking up what you're laying down sir.

(also for a moment I thought bollards was billboards and had to uncross my eyes)



Washington State History Museum Business Interests

Washington State History Museum Business Interests

by Erik on 8/6/2010 @ 11:23am
The cafe is going to have a hard time for a number of reasons.

The windows were bizarrely built so high that no one can see in or out of the cafe to see if there are humans in there.

Pacific is a great main street. Yet, the architects built the door on the of the building apparently forgetting 1000 years of good building design.

And then, yes, insult to injury, the WSHM has fenced obstructed the whole with a fence. Now the WSHM has placed a table in the one opening there is in an attempt to choke off the whole area and the waterfront access.

Hopefully, Clancy's Coffee will make it and overcome all of these urban barriers. I am going to try to stop by there today.

by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2010 @ 11:25am
prank idea-- if you're walking on the sidewalk and you see people using tables on other side of fence:

run up, rattle the fence and say "I'll fight for your freedom comrades!"


hmm. but maybe they'll just end up thinking 'boy is good thing that fence is there to keep crazy people out'

Dale CThihuly bridge of Glass, Tacoma Washington

by Erik on 8/6/2010 @ 11:39am
The fence blocking the bridge to the waterfront is highly symbolic of the many barriers thwarting more life being allowed into the City of Tacoma.

It's a big steel NO.

by morgan on 8/6/2010 @ 1:07pm
Nice post - thanks Todd!

ps- It might be time for that "Free the Bridge" rally. RR: do you want to design some t-shirts for it?

by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2010 @ 1:20pm
yes!

by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2010 @ 1:20pm
stowe would be good too.

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