Morgan's Brain

Oct. 20, 2009 at 1:00am

Build Community. Drink Beer. Thursday Oct 22nd @ Frontier Lounge

Last month, in the first installment of the RE: Tacoma series, we learned about Tacoma's secret Illuminati group and how they went about creating the change we all take for granted today: cleaning up Thea Foss, redeveloping the Thea Foss, bringing a UW branch campus to Tacoma and then putting it downtown, renovating the theater district. Mistakes were made though - like tearing down half of downtown which included countless historic buildings. But we've learned from past mistakes. Right?

Oh. Right.

Anyway, In this month's episode we talk community with author and urban preacher, Eric O. Jacobsen, and Jim Diers, who is the son of a Hilltop neighborhood activist and used to head up the Department of Neighborhoods for the city of Seattle. Greg Nichols fired him when he got elected, but Jim's not bitter. Much.

I had the pleasure of taking Jim's Community Development course he developed at UW last year and can say that he is a thoughtful and thought-provoking lecturer. I haven't had the pleasure of taking in one of Eric's sermons, but I'm looking forward to it.

My hope for the evening is that enough ideas get bounced around to inspire people to get involved with making their community a more vibrant place. Tacoma's neighborhood council's are hurting for people to get involved and redefine Tacoma future.

The evening is sure to be fun! And it may sell out - so get your tickets early!


The Neighborhood: Creating Vibrant Communities

IT'S OUR CITY -- Redefine it, Reinvent it.

For the past 50 years America has been designing public spaces around the needs of automobiles. This deference to the car has significantly impacted our culture and our day-to-day life, often in negative ways. The auto-centered model is beginning to change how well-designed neighborhoods provide key ingredients for healthy communities. The speakers will discuss examples of vibrant places which are being planned, built and programmed by the residents themselves.

Eric O. Jacobsen, Urbanist
Jim Diers, Lecturer, University of Washington

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: The New Frontier Lounge 301 E. 25th Street, Tacoma , WA 98421
FEE: Event Registration Advanced Online Registration (ends 10/20/09) $7.50 Student with valid ID (register to secure admission) Complimentary Tickets at Door as available $10.00 Additional Information
RSVP Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thanks to all of our sponsors:
The Harris Architectural Trust (THAT)
AIA Southwest Washington
City Club of Tacoma
Emerging Leaders Group
The Frontier Lounge
Washington State History Museum
Historic Tacoma
Reprographics Northwest
The City of Tacoma
University of Washington , Tacoma for additional information for questions & comments

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