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Tree Canopy Analysis Shows Tacoma Rezone Critics Exaggerate Concerns

Critics of policies that increase urban density often point to negative impacts on tree canopy as reason to oppose zoning changes. Some opponents to...
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Equity Analysis Favors Broader Home in Tacoma Rezone

Note: This article was updated on 1/4/22 to insert the correct map for City Council District 2. Tacoma’s affordable housing initiative, Home in Tacoma,...
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With Cuts and Changes, City Council Passes Home in Tacoma

Home in Tacoma finally reached a milestone this week that was months in the making. Unfortunately, by the time the affordable housing initiative was...

Alternative Light Rail Alignments Into Downtown Tacoma: A Mapped Review

My initial Central Tacoma Link Extension (CTLE) surface alignment proposal stirred a large debate regarding how Link light rail should properly serve Tacoma over...
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Latest Tacoma Growth Map Scales Back Density

Tacoma had considered allowing low-rise apartments in 40% of residential parcels, but the latest proposal has pared that back to 17.5%. Tacoma is in a...
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Speedier Bus Service in 2022 and New Public Art, Among Pierce Transit Updates

Pierce Transit has had a rough patch recently with operator shortages forcing the agency to temporarily cutback bus service, but the agency has made...
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Tacoma Needs a Better Sounder and Streetcar Expansion

As a regular reader who lives in Downtown Tacoma, I’m always excited to see articles that address the challenges and opportunities in our city....
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Build Link Light Rail Right: Send Trains into Tacoma’s City Center

Let's consider the lunacy of the journey foisted on public transit users: after riding at least 80 minutes from Capitol Hill or Downtown Seattle...