Keeping any kind of animal in your home comes with a certain amount of work. For most of us, the payoff for that work is companionship and occasional entertainment. But for a few dedicated households around Tacoma, the relationship is somewhat more complex and, from some perspectives, more beneficial.
You may be asking yourself why anyone would spend so much time and energy planting more trees in the Pacific Northwest. If so, you may be surprised to hear that Tacoma has a tree problem. In spite of its location in the heart of Tree Country USA, our city's tree canopy cover was last measured at only 19%; far less than the national average of 27-33%. Seattle, by contrast, has a 28% canopy cover.
Tacoma is home to some of the oldest homes and buildings in Western Washington. It’s also a hotbed of real estate activity. It’s hard to drive anywhere in the city, especially in the North End, without seeing evidence of remodeling, house flipping, or demolition.
In most major American cities, less than 20 percent of voters cast ballots for mayor, according to City Lab, and those who do vote often don’t represent the city completely. For example, City Lab also states that younger residents have lower voter turnout.
On November 11 the 2017 Winter Warm Up is set to kick off in Wright Park, but all the warm fall weather we’ve been enjoying means donations of winter clothing for those in need are down. Thankfully, there’s still time to help!
“It is the city's responsibility to preserve a place where the people can get recreation, where children from the congested districts can congregate without danger, and where mothers, nurses, and invalids can find a healthful resort during mid-day without being cramped for space or menaced by shows and their consequent temptations...
On first arrival to Tacoma, a new queer transplant might wonder what there is for them in a city not as well known as nearby Capitol Hill. How do you make new friends, find a safe space and support the community in this new city? Seattle has the hill, San Francisco the Castro, but is there a “gayborhood” in Tacoma?
Think of Small Business Saturday as your post-Black Friday palette cleanser.
Decorating for the holidays has become less common in recent years and for a place like Tacoma that’s a real shame. With all our grey and rainy days, we need as many Christmas lights as possible to twinkle through the gloom of winter.
What would leap to mind if I were to say the name Bluebeard? Most would mumble something about a pirate or a fairytale, but those in Tacoma might answer "coffee" or even "a cat."