TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Nov. 16, 2010 at 3:10pm

Spanish Steps 2.0

The City of Tacoma recently announced on its Twitter feed that the Spanish Steps re-opened (landscaping work still to be completed). I decided to check it out myself today. Verdict: It looks really nice -- all pristine and repaired. I shot some photos, merged them with some 'before' shots I had on file, and decided to post the resulting montage . . .

Earlier Tacoma Daily Index coverage here and here and here and here and here and here.

comments [13]  |  posted under Spanish Steps, Tacoma


by fredo on 11/16/2010 @ 3:25pm
shame about the decision to leave the monkey puzzle tree there. I thought I understood that McMenniman's wanted to install and maintain their own landscaping. the tree is planted too close to the building and has grown far out of scale. it was originally about the size of a christmas tree.

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2010 @ 3:48pm
i'm excited to see the monkey puzzle shaped and sculpted.

very happy to have the steps back. hello AMOCAT!

by fredo on 11/16/2010 @ 3:55pm
how to you sculpt a monkey puzzle tree? they're the botanic equivalent of razor wire.

by Erik on 11/16/2010 @ 3:56pm
Very nice to see the stairs finally repaired.

I was just in there today:

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2010 @ 4:22pm
nay, common hedge clippers will do the trick.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/16/2010 @ 6:38pm
I'm taking bets on how soon the graffiti will appear on the newly refurbished Spanish Steps. I'm thinking less than 10 days.

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 11/16/2010 @ 7:08pm

sad . . . but probably true. hopefully a car doesn't plow through it again.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/16/2010 @ 7:15pm
Until that area has some good foot traffic I'm afraid it will only be used by the lumpen proletariat.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/17/2010 @ 5:50am
Foolish proletariat! Why, they don't even listen to how we tell them to vote!

by fredo on 11/17/2010 @ 9:25am
When an old Burnham and Root building is a dangerous eyesore it's removed immediately.

When an old monkey puzzle tree is a dangerous eyesore it's worthy of preservation.

Get it?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/17/2010 @ 10:15am
Now that all the railings are up this will be a great place to skateboard.

by chairkicker on 9/6/2011 @ 4:30pm
I wonder if anybody knows about when/how/why the monkey puzzle trees showed up: not just this one, but those all over the city.

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2011 @ 4:57pm
first there was darkness. Then goddess said let there be light. And there was light, and it was good. Then the goddess said, let there be monkey puzzle to absorb the light, and there was monkey puzzle and it was good. Then the goddess was melted in a copper smelter. and lo, 100 year later she has returned to have her revenge on us all.


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