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Our Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: hidden treasure or wasted opportunity?

November 22nd, 2011 | by Kate Albert Ward

Is it possible to be appreciative and critical at the same time? The Tacoma Karpeles Manuscript Library has a rich story to tell and provides access to fascinating periods of our past completely free of charge, and yet, I still get this feeling that the relationship between the museum and the Tacoma community has not been fully realized. This year marks the twenty-year anniversary of the Karpeles'-- perhaps it's time to address some of these concerns


Preserve the Walmart Building

November 8th, 2011 | by Daniel Rahe

Perhaps the most contentious episode in Tacoma’s struggle to protect its heritage came during the great Walmart Preservation Debate of 2086. Built between 2012 and 2014, this big-box temple on South 23rd Street has fallen into disrepair


Reflections on A Strike

October 6th, 2011 | by Michelle Guilmet-Buck

Looking back on the teachers strike, which started on September 13th and ended on September 22nd when we voted to accept the negotiated contract between our union and the school district, is somewhat like looking back on a very vivid dream; it seems real and fantastical in equal measures.


Find tastemakers, outfitters, and artists at Tacoma is for Lovers

August 16th, 2011 | by Katy Evans

The Tacoma is for Lovers fair has grown exponentially from a humble gathering of a handful of talented artists and crafters to a bustling, much-anticipated event featuring a rotating roster of dozens of talented local artists and hundreds of alluring, one-of-a-kind creations


Tacoma’s pace of culture: skateboarding

July 26th, 2011 | by Rebecca Solverson

Skateboarding has reached a moment of tentative yet official acceptance in Tacoma. On June 14, 2011 the City Council voted unanimously to reverse the ordinance banning skateboarding downtown. Incredibly, Tacoma is the first city in the nation to reverse such an ordinance, which was put in place decades ago to protect downtown properties from potential damage


Art and History Connect on the Prairie Line Trail

July 20th, 2011 | by Lisa Kinoshita

In June, urban planner Todd Bressi and the design team of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) held a lively series of speaking engagements in Tacoma on the public art plan for the much-vaunted Prairie Line Trail



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