Walk Tacoma 2024: Behind-the-Scenes Theater Tour

Walk Tacoma is back for 2024! Join us for the kick off on April 17th, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., providing a behind-the-scenes look at Tacoma’s local theaters.

This walk will focus on the structural elements of theater production that will begin with a short presentation and tour of the Tacoma Armory, presented by Tacoma Arts Live staff. The walk will continue to the Rialto and the Pantages Theater with a tour of each venue and conclude at the Theater on the Square. 

Thank you to our partner Tacoma City Theaters!

Register using the form below.

Starting Location: Tacoma Armory (1001 Yakima Ave)
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Length: 0.8 miles one way

This walk is part of a 5 walk series. To learn more about the 2024 walk series and access self guided tours of past walks, please visit our Walk Tacoma page.

Walk Tacoma 2024 is generously sponsored by MultiCare and Amazon.

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Downtown On the Go – Call for Walk Tacoma Volunteers!

Dear Downtown On the Go Volunteers,
We’ve got some awesome walks planned for 2024 as we gear up to celebrate 15 years of Walk Tacoma! So let’s shake off those wintertime blues, shed those big winter jackets, and get ready to embrace the excitement of embarking on warm, adventurous walks each month from April to August!

Your enthusiasm and dedication always make these events truly special. Please drop me an email to confirm your spot for any or all of the walks you’d like to participate in. Depending on your preference, we have opportunities available for check-in greeters, flag holders, PA speaker carriers, sign holders, and set-up and tear-down roles. We’re absolutely pumped and can’t wait to see each of you out there again!
All the Best,
Timothy
Timothy Campbell (he/him)
Downtown On the Go
Program Coordinator 
Mobile 206.403.7040
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Stay informed about all of our DOTG events and activities by visiting us at: https://downtownonthego.com. We look forward to seeing you!

We at Downtown On the Go are eager to learn more about you and your preferences for our future endeavors! Take a moment to fill out our survey and help us contribute to shaping our ongoing initiatives.

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Friday Forums 2024 – Following the Numbers: Affordable Housing & Density

Tacoma is experiencing a housing crisis and an identity crisis as it grapples with the increasing need for affordable housing and greater density. How do we know what and where to build, and how do we measure the impacts – both intentional and unintentional? Join us for a panel digging into the data behind affordable housing and density, and how communities can grow with change.

This free Friday Forum panel event was held on March 29th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in person at the University of Washington Tacoma in Milgard Hall Room 110, and virtually over Zoom. Featuring panelists Dr Anaid Yerena (University of Washington Tacoma), Jeff Dade (Homestead Community Land Trust), and Nicholas Carr (Tacoma Housing Authority). Moderated by Tanisha Jumper (Tacoma Public Schools).

Thank you to UW Tacoma’s Office of Community Partnerships for supporting these forums by providing us with an in-person space.

Downtown On the Go’s Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region. In 2024 we’re exploring what it means to build strong communities, focusing in on health equity, youth mobility, and housing density. Learn more about the 2024 Friday Forums series and access recordings for past forums here.

 

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Vote for Prop 1 by February 13th, 2024 – Your Support Matters!

February 9, 2024 – Photo of the Week #06

“Yes on Prop. 1” represents a significant investment in our children’s future, enabling the renewal and replacement of 11 neighborhood schools. This initiative prioritizes quality food nutrition, technology upgrades, and expanded classroom learning opportunities in nearly every neighborhood school. Remember to mail in your ballot or drop it off at any Pierce County Ballot Box by this Tuesday, February 13th!

Also, of interest and importance for our Pierce County district residents, the Pierce Conservation District is holding their Board Supervisor election this month. For more details about in-person ballots, mail-in ballots, and drop-off locations, visit: https://piercecd.org/573/How-to-Vote-in-District-Elections

We at Downtown On the Go are eager to learn more about you and your preferences for our future endeavors! Take a moment to fill out our survey and help us contribute to shaping our ongoing initiatives.

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Friday Forums 2024 – New Kids On the Bus: Youth Mobility in Tacoma

With more young people choosing to opt out of driving, it’s important that we understand the needs and wants of youth as they navigate our city. Join us for a panel exploring how youth get around Tacoma, why they make the choices they do, and how this can influence the way we think about transportation and city design.

This free Friday Forum panel event will be held on February 23rd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in person at the University of Washington Tacoma in Milgard Hall Room 110, and virtually over Zoom. Featuring panelists Dr. Matthew Kelley (University of Washington Tacoma), McKenna Lux (Transportation Choices Coalition), Fletcher Crone (University of Puget Sound). Moderated by Tanisha Jumper (Tacoma Public Schools).

Whether you plan to attend in person or over Zoom, please register below to receive all the information you need.

Thank you to UW Tacoma’s Office of Community Partnerships for supporting these forums by providing us with an in-person space.

Downtown On the Go’s Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region. In 2024 we’re exploring what it means to build strong communities, focusing in on health equity, youth mobility, and housing density. Learn more about the 2024 Friday Forums series and access recordings for past forums here.

 

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Commemorating MLK Day: Advancing Transit Equity for a Connected Tacoma

January 12, 2024 – Photo of the Week #02

Dear DOTG Community,

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Downtown On the Go would like to acknowledge the negative impact that systemic racism and inequalities has created in various sectors of our community, particularly in Tacoma’s historically black community in the Hilltop Neighborhood. Public transit is a lifeline for many, and people of color are disproportionately more likely to rely on transit due to historic disinvestment in communities of color resulting in a lack of connections, safe bike infrastructure, and sidewalks. This is compounded in lower income neighborhoods where infrastructure inequalities are left unaddressed. The introduction of the T-link and recent developments in the area have brought new opportunities, but many challenges still exist. We must continue laying the ground work towards envisioning Tacoma’s future, where everyone has access to safe and affordable multimodal transit.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s impactful contributions of fostering unity within our community, consider attending one of these MLK Day events this weekend.

Tacoma Venues and Events: https://www.tacomavenues.org/mlk-celebration
University of Washington Tacoma: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/mlk
Metro Parks Tacoma: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/mlk-day-of-service-3/

The DOTG Team

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January 05, 2024 – Photo of the Week #01

Dear DOTG Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of two tragic incidents just days apart. On December 30, A 47-year old woman was hit and killed by a suspected DUI Driver, along SR-7 near 208th St. E. and on January 3rd, A 44-year-old man was struck and killed near the corner of East 72nd Street and East A Street. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to both victim’s family and friends. Tragedies like this are the result of infrastructure choices and car-centric design. Each loss of life is unacceptable, and we must do better.

These devastating incidents underscore the urgent need for critical investment in infrastructure improvements that prioritize pedestrian and bike safety, even at the inconvenience of drivers. Downtown On the Go remains dedicated to supporting initiatives that promote traffic safety and working collaboratively with the City of Tacoma towards achieving its Vision Zero goal of no traffic fatalities by 2035. We encourage you to stay informed about local traffic safety initiatives and to actively participate in efforts to make our streets safer for all.

The DOTG Team

We would love to know more about you, and what you would like to see from us in the future! Please fill out our survey, and help us to further our work.

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Friday Forums 2024 – Strong Communities, Healthy Communities

Strong Communities, Healthy Communities

What makes a strong community? What about a healthy community? And what the heck is a Blue Zone? Communities are influenced by the built environment around them, with things like road design and access to green spaces impacting everything from health outcomes to job opportunities. Join us for a panel exploring how communities come together to tackle issues and build resilience through organizing and connection.

This free Friday Forum panel event was held on January 26th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in person at the University of Washington Tacoma in Milgard Hall Room 110, and virtually over Zoom. It featured panelists Tono Sablan (Parkland-Spanaway Blue Zones), Naomi Wilson (Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department), Lowell Wyse (Tacoma Tree Foundation). Moderated by Tanisha Jumper (Tacoma Public Schools).

Thank you to UW Tacoma’s Office of Community Partnerships for supporting these forums by providing us with an in-person space.

Downtown On the Go’s Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region. In 2024 we’re exploring what it means to build strong communities, focusing in on health equity, youth mobility, and housing density. Learn more about the 2024 Friday Forums series and access recordings for past forums here.

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Celebrating Our Amazing Downtown On the Go Volunteers!

December 6, 2023 – Photo of the Week #49

Dear DOTG Community,

Downtown On the Go would like to give a massive shout-out to our incredible friends and volunteers, including those who came out to join us for a delightful celebration filled with camaraderie and appreciation. We are immensely thankful for the time, energy, and enthusiasm they bring to support our mission towards connecting our community to more equitable and sustainable transportation choices. A special thank you to Zeek’s Pizza in  downtown Tacoma for providing the perfect backdrop for our celebration. Here’s to our volunteers — the driving force behind Downtown On the Go’s success!

We would love to know more about you, and what you would like to see from us in the future! Please fill out our survey, and help us to further our work.

 

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Tacoma Light Trail Bike Ride & Decoration

Light up your bike and ride to see the sights!

Celebrate the light and the new year with a free, family friendly bike ride on Thursday January 4th, 2024, meeting at the plaza at 1201 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA 98402. Gather together at 6 p.m. to decorate your bike with lights and reflectors. Free materials available while supplies last, zip ties and tape provided. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided by our partner WSP! The ride will leave around 6:30 p.m.

Pre-registration strongly encouraged using the form below.

This special event is in partnership with the Tacoma Light Trail, which uses light art to uplift and unify our community during dark times. The ride will highlight light art on the trail, with details on the installations provided by Tacoma Light Trail staff. Bring your friends and light up your bikes!

Participants will ride together, following a ~2 mile route across Downtown Tacoma. This ride is open to all ages and abilities. Youth must be accompanied by adults. Helmets are required. There will be some hills, which will be taken slowly.

Thank you to our partner 2nd Cycle for helping with this ride, and Pierce Transit for providing additional lights for riders!

Don’t forget to engage with Downtown On the Go social media during the workshop and after the ride by using #TacomaLightRide, or by tagging photos with @downtownonthego!

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