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Conversations RE: Tacoma 3-Lecture Series
Tacoma, WA
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Conversations RE: Tacoma 3-Lecture Series
Attend all three lectures:

Policy, Politics & Paralysis:
How to turn ideas into action

September 15, 2011, 6:30-8pm
UWT, Keystone Building, Carwein Auditorium

Learn how public policy & policy-makers have shaped Tacoma's urban landscape, and how you can get involved in the City's future landscape.  This session will provide historical context of city governance in relation to urban design, how Tacoma city government actually works, and how to get involved in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner.

Bill Baarsma, former mayor and long-time public administration professor, University of Puget Sound; and expert on Tacoma's governance, policy & process since the 1950's
Mark Pendras, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, UWT
Susan Cruise, citizen activist, Scenic Tacoma
Moderator:  Peter Callaghan, columnist, Tacoma News Tribune

One Block at a Time:
Creating the Great Good Place

October 20, 2011 6:30-8pm
First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave S

Learn about proven models for creating culturally rich and authentic places. Hear the stories behind our own Tacoma success stories and see how valued businesses are transforming once deserted streets into vital urban neighborhoods.  Understand how Tacoma can be transformed into a great good place, one block at a time.
Jeff Aken, Project Manager, Urban Policy, Cascade Agenda/Cities Program, Cascade Land Conservancy
Russ Heaton, Owner, Doyle's Public House and neighborhood pioneer
Milt Tremblay, Director of Facilities and Campus Services, UWT.
Moderator:  Jim Merritt, Architect and urban design activist

Uncovering Tacoma's Authenticity:
What's the draw?

November 17, 2011 6:30-8pm
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.

Hear the viewpoint of enlightened developers & engaged citizens discuss how we can create a vision for Tacoma's future, and sustain it.  Learn what developers look for in a community and in individual properties; how good urban design helps create community (e.g. scale, massing, streetscape); and outcomes they seek.  Where and what is the potential in Tacoma; what are our unique characteristics; and how can we differentiate ourselves in the marketplace? The moderator and speakers explore existing and needed mechanisms for public engagement and action.
Jeff Lyon, President & CEO, Kidder Mathews commercial real estate
Kevin Cavenaugh, Portland architect/developer
Trevor Boddy, Architecture critic, Arcade Magazine
Moderator:  David Boe, architect; member, Tacoma City Council


1900 Commerce St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
United States




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