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Author: Rubén Casas

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Tacoma’s Missing Middle Housing: Planning for Access, Affordability, and Mobility

In recent years, cities in the Northwest have responded affirmatively to calls to make housing more available and attainable through zoning reform. Portland, Oregon,...

On the Prospect of an Urbanism of the Poor

Recently, I was asked for my definition of an urbanist. In reaching for a definition, I realized that I actually don’t have one--certainly not...

What Kind of City do We Want to Be? Tacoma and the Arguments Cities...

My summer reading list this year included a debut novel by Seth Fried titled The Municipalists, which CityLab described as “the urban planning Sci-Fi...

If You Build It, They Will Come (Even if You Don’t Include Parking)

The McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma has been open for two weeks. With its five eateries and bars, ballroom, and 45 hotel rooms, this...

Tacoma Says “Yes” to Cottages in its Backyard, Part 2

Backyard cottages are officially a go in Tacoma but what's next? The City of Tacoma has officially adopted new rules which make it much easier...

Tacoma Says ‘Yes’ to Cottages in its Backyard

Residents of Tacoma largely support a change to the municipal code that would make it easier for home owners to add a secondary living...

Of Libraries, Parks, Book Stores, and Cinemas: Tacoma’s Social Infrastructre

In a previous installment, I wrote about the strain put on sidewalks when cities privatize, sell off, fail to maintain, or don’t care to...

Tacoma on the Move: Pierce Transit’s Vision for a Growing City

Tacoma is growing. City, county, and regional leaders and planners are working to meet this growth with transportation options aligned with state mandates and...