Tacoma

A rowhouse with a transit shelter.

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

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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

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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...
Downtown Tacoma's stretch of Pacific Avenue hosts the Tacoma Link streetcar. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Tacoma Quietly Rezoned Residential Areas in Latest Comp Plan Update

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In late September, the Tacoma City Council approved a large slate of areawide rezones and future land use map designation changes, which primarily affected...

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

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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)

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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’s Pacific Avenue Hybrid Bus Rapid Transit Advances

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Pierce Transit is moving ahead with a hybrid design for 14 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT) on Pacific Avenue, including 3.6 miles of...

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

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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

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