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Friday Forums

Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region. 

2022 Friday Forums Series

Downtown On the Go is exploring the question what does it mean to be Home in Tacoma? Housing and transportation are inextricably linked, with the availability of affordable housing determining the safety and accessibility of transportation choices. As Tacoma looks towards historic changes to how we think about housing, these forums seek to breakdown often inaccessible concepts in housing and land use while diving into how these policy choices impact the real lives of real Tacomans.

January 28, 2021 (noon – 1:30 p.m.) – What’s Zoning, Anyway?: A Land Use Primer

  • MUC, UGC, & TOD… oh my! The world of planning is full of terminology that can feel unapproachable for everyday community members. Join us for a panel that will demystify the concepts like zoning that make up big proposals like Home in Tacoma, and how transportation is tied into all of it. Watch the recording here. 
  • Panelists
    • Brian Boudet, Planning Division Manager at City of Tacoma
    • Alyssa Torrez, Program Specialist at Tacoma Housing Authority, Commissioner on Tacoma Planning Commission
    • Rubén Casas, Associate Professor at University of Washington Tacoma
    • Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications Director at City of Tacoma (Moderator)

February 25, 2021 (noon – 1:30 p.m.) – It Takes Two: Housing and Transportation

  • Housing and transportation are inextricably linked; dense housing needs connected and frequent transit to succeed while transit needs demand to fuel expansion. Learn more about this intersection while we explore the question: how can we plan future development and transit expansion in concert for the benefit of both? Watch the recording here.
  • Panelists:
    • Chris Karnes, Commissioner on Tacoma Planning Commission
    • Amanda DeShazo, Executive Director at Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
    • Bebhinn Gilbert, Mobility Management Program Supervisor at Hopelink Mobility
    • Kenzie Knapp, Student and Transit advocate at Pacific Lutheran University
    • Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications Director at City of Tacoma (Moderator)

March 25, 2021 (noon – 1:30 p.m.) – Growing a Green Future: Land Use & Sustainability

  • From tree coverage & housing density to walkability & transit access, city design can make sustainable choices the easier option – or make them downright impossible. Join us as we explore how our land use policies and design choices inform the fight against climate change. Watch the recording here.
  • Panelists:
    • Kristin Lynett, Sustainability Manager at City of Tacoma
    • Steve Atkinson, Principle Planner at City of Tacoma
    • Mariana Sanchez Castillo, Field Organizer at Washington Environmental Council
    • Marquis Mason, Climate Justice Community Organizer at Communities for a Healthy Bay
    • Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications Director at City of Tacoma (Moderator)

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