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Conversations Re: Tacoma 2010 Lecture Series
Tacoma, WA
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Conversations Re: Tacoma 2010 Lecture Series
A three part lecture series who's goal is to provoke thought, to inform the public, and to stimulate conversation, as upcoming changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan provide the opportunity for community-wide discussion of the city's design future.

Density, Gentrification & Other Dirty Words: The Value of Vision
September 23rd at 6pm
University of Washington Tacoma Carwein Auditorium
Does Tacoma have a vision, a story or a plan? When changes to Tacoma's urban fabric are proposed, how are decisions
made? This panel discussion will explore how communities develop. Looking at Tacoma as well as other cities approach
to urban redevelopment decisions and policies, we will discuss the differences between a plan, a narrative and a vision for a city. We will examine one Tacoma neighborhood in the midst of developing a direction toward achieving the goal of becoming a "Livable Community".

Rick Browning, PB-Parsons Brinckerhoff, Architect, Urban Designer
David Boe, Tacoma City Council, BOE Architects
Anne Wessells, University of Washington Tacoma Urban Studies Program
Moderator: Ryan Mello, Tacoma City Council, Cascade Land Conservancy

Sustainable City: The Future Is in the Past
October 21st at 6pm
Washington State History Museum
The creation of new, attractive urban spaces relies on good, non-automotive mobility options. Ironically, American cities used to rely on an infrastructure of inter-city and inter-urban rail, street cars, biking and walking. The guide to what will work best in the future has already proved utile and well-designed in the past. In this forum three experts in sustainable transportation will analyze historic conceptualizations of mobility with a view towards how that vision from the past can become a prescription for a more livable urbanity.

Al Runte, Author of Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation
Andrew Austin, Transportation Choices Coalition
Diane Wiatr, Mobility Coordinator/Urban Planner, City of Tacoma
Moderator: David Nicandri, Washington State History Museum, Director

A Model for Sustainability: Adapting Old Buildings to New Uses
Thursday, November 18, 6:30-8pm
Castle Hall, Knights of Pythias Temple, 926  Broadway, Tacoma
A case study on three pivotal structures in the Theater District: the Winthrop Hotel, Old City Hall, and the Elks Lodge. The Winthrop project has been mired in controversy and indecision for a number of years, the Elks is on the brink of redevelopment, and Old City Hall languishes on the real estate market. Acknowledging that the redevelopment of all three properties will revitalize the area, this session will explore varying perspectives on the situation and attempt to identify a common vision for moving forward.
Kathleen Brooker, Executive Director, Historic Seattle
Moderator: Peter Callaghan, Columnist, The Tacoma News Tribune
Mark Hinshaw, Director of Urban Design, LMN Architects, Seattle
Grace Pleasants, Director, The Heritage Collection


Tacoma, WA 98402
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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On BPT Since: Aug 02, 2010
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