On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Spaceworks invited the Tacoma community to join the discussion about the future of Tacoma’s Theater District. This event presented the current progress of plan development that will influence future infrastructure, transportation and cultural event decisions in the Theater District. If you missed the event, please share your own comments here.
Spaceworks Tacoma organized the event, which was hosted at the Pythian Temple on Broadway. Janine Robinson, a senior planner at Pierce Transit, along with Heather Joy and Gabriel Brown of Spaceworks, presented information about the results of the community outreach from last year. Creative Colloquy, a local literary publisher, hosted readings by six Tacoma authors who wrote essays and fiction related to the Tacoma Theater District:
- “#TRANSFORM” by Christina Butcher
- “For the Rest of Them” by Moe’Neyah Holland
- “Fine Spirits” by J. Anne Fullerton
- “Seeing Neko Case at the Pantages Theater The Day After Donald J. Trump Was Elected President of the United States” by Daniel Person
- “Reviving Tacoma’s Cultural Heartbeat” by Blaine Johnson
Afterward, it was community members’ turn to take to Open Mic and share their views of the Theater District – current and future. The comments included suggestions for the new SOTA building’s retail spaces, creating opportunities for local artists, increasing transportation hours and options to the area, and more.
The event concluded with an activity where the community had a chance to evaluate the results of the 2017 survey as well as record their responses.
A new TRANSFORM survey invites you to share your input and rate how well you agree with the feedback gathered so far. You also have a chance to add your own ideas and additional feedback:
If you are new to the project, check out Transform Project Overview here