Category Archives: Urban Development

Pacific Avenue in ruins

by AP on September 17, 2013, no comments

Photo of old Pacific Avenue trees lining the street Dec. 2012 It’s hard to pass through the northern end of Pacific Avenue right now without feeling like excrement. After driving through earlier, I am unable to fully comprehend what is happening down there. It has been puzzling for awhile now and I’ve been doing my […]

Polar Plaza, game, set, match

by AP on December 11, 2011, one comment

The single greatest thing to happen to downtown Tacoma in the past 5 years is Polar Plaza. Ice skating and cheap Christmas trees. That’s all it takes to transform an awkward waste of space into something magnificent. Kudos on a job well done to whoever is behind this. We cut ourselves a fresh tree out […]

Commencement condos bankrupt…which means what exactly?

by AP on March 4, 2011, no comments

The high-dollar Commencement Condo project has been in the news again recently, having filed for “bankruptcy protection” to provide “breathing room” for potential progress to resume. None of this makes any sense. I figured if I typed it out and stared at it for a few minutes something would click in me brain, but it’s […]

You’ll like Tacoma

by AP on November 24, 2009, no comments

Several of my relatives plan to move back to Tacoma in the near future. This has me thinking about the City of Density and how it is here today compared with how it was here 10 years ago. I regularly complain about all sorts of things in Tacoma ranging from traffic cameras, to bad urban […]

Old does not equal good

by AP on October 10, 2009, 2 comments

Where do you draw the line between preservation and hoarding? What makes the crazy lady on Dr. Phil with 3 year old cabbage in her refrigerator any different from the guy who insists on saving the Luzon or the Murray Morgan? The gap between them is diminishing, much like their common sense. Safety, practicality, health, […]

Central treatment plant visitor center and Tagro office upgrades

by AP on October 8, 2009, no comments

Tacoma has unleashed cutting edge technology on the city’s waste water. Ever heard of “ballasted sedimentation”? This new process allows the plant to process more waste water faster, allowing for zero overflow even in the event of a big storm. The old system would back flow into the Puyallup River when overwhelmed with heavy rain […]

Only way to “save the Luzon”

by AP on August 12, 2009, 4 comments

The Luzon issue is really starting to get old. How many different groups do we want to look at this before we move in one of many new directions? Personally, I would’ve given up on it long ago. Unlike most of you reading this, I’ve been here my whole life and the massive void in […]