There were more than 1,200 walk participants in the 2019 Walk Tacoma series, averaging 180 people per walk.

Friday Forums

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

Friday Forums 2020

Downtown On the Go is engaging in a discussion around how Tacoma is adapting to honor and meet the needs of our aging population. In late 2019, the City of Tacoma took on the challenge of becoming a livable community by AARP standards – that means ensuring equitable access to housing, transportation, and public space for people of all ages. Join us as we examine the preparedness of Tacoma and Pierce County to accommodate older adults and community members with disabilities.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers.

Forums take place in the Pantages Lobby from noon – 1 p.m.

A big thank you to Tacoma Arts Live and Channel 253 for partnering with us on these events!

Jan 24, 2020 – Aging in Place

  • Affordable housing is an ongoing issue. There are unique challenges for older adults in securing housing situations that meet their needs. Hear from leaders and service providers in Tacoma and Pierce County on how we sustainably house our aging neighbors and community members.
    • Sponsored by: GeoEngineers
    • Panelists:
      • Ali Modarres, University of Washington Tacoma
      • Matt Santelli, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center
      • Adriane Wilson, Community Organizer
      • Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma (Moderator)
  • Listen to a recording of the forum and hear the after show on Channel 253’s Crossing Division podcast;
    • hosted by Evelyn Lopez, with
    • Joy Stanford, Shared Housing Services
    • Ken Miller, DADU Homes

Feb 21, 2020 – Moving into the Future

  • By 2030, there will be more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18 in Pierce County. As our community ages, fewer people will be able to drive and local services for people with disabilities and other needs will need to improve dramatically. Hear from experts on the existing gaps.
    • Panelists:
      • Councilmember Lillian Hunter, City of Tacoma
      • Carol Kachadoorian, Toole Design
      • Gerrit Nyland, Catholic Community Services
      • Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma (Moderator)
  • Listen to a recording of the forum and hear the after show on Channel 253’s Crossing Division podcast;

This event has been postponed – Public Space for All Ages – Check out the podcast that was recorded in place of this event

  • For whom are public spaces designed? 38% of older adults have a disability and 42% of people with disabilities are low income. Hear how parks, plazas, and other public programming honor those needs or miss the mark on serving our aging community.
      • Sponsored by: Parametrix
    • Panelists:
      • Linda Henry, Puyallup: Age Friendly City
      • Lisa Mathusz, Golden Bamboo
      • Tanisha Jumper, City of Tacoma (Moderator)
2019 Forum Topics

Jan 25, 2019

  • Race, ethnicity, gender, and income impact how people live and move through cities. Tacoma, like many places, has a racist and exclusionary past that influences transportation and land use policy for all. Learn about the ways history has shaped our city and the radical ways we can change it.

Feb 22, 2019

  • Breakdown the numbers on how we move people throughout Tacoma. We’ll be investigating the returns on various infrastructure investments and checking to see if the numbers add up in an equitable and logical way. Spoiler Alert: They do not.
  • Sponsored by Parametrix

Mar 22, 2019

  • How can beautiful public space better a city? Does art make you feel safer on the sidewalk? What do murals mean for livability? Hear from creative entrepreneurs as they answer these questions and more.
2018 Forums Topics:

(Special Date & Location) Feb 2: What's Next for Tacoma?

  • Located at the Pantages Theater
  • Tacoma is changing quickly, and a new slate of leaders will shape how our City meets the challenges and opportunities of urban development, environment, and equity. Panelists; Mayor Woodards, Council Member Ryan Mello, and Council Member Chris Beale will tell us what they are working on to create a more connected and sustainable Tacoma.

Feb 23: Stormwater Pollution & Transportation

  • The number one source of petroleum and other toxic chemicals that end up in the Puget Sound is non-industrial pollutants; that's cars, parking lots, and other household chemicals. How can we keep water clean by using alternative transportation options?Sponsored by: GeoEngineers 

March 30: Equity & Environment  

  • Join us as we welcome Naomi Doerner, Ubax Gardheere, and Sudha Nandagopal as they share Seattle’s experiences and insights engaging, co-creating, and implementing community-centered economic development, environment, and transportation equity strategies.

April 27: Parking, People, & Development

  • Our City’s rapid development has impacts on parking, accessibility, and our environment. How can smart land use policy promote healthier stormwater and a healthier community?Sponsored by: Parametrix  and Kōz Development
2017 Forums Topics:

Jan 27

2017 Transportation Forecast: What’s Next for Tacoma?: Join us for a conversation with transit, advocacy, political, and economic experts and learn about local, statewide, and regional policies and changes that will shape Tacoma’s transportation future.


Feb 24

Access & Affordability – Creating Transportation Equity in Tacoma:Equity & Transportation: Access to effective and affordable transportation is one of the strongest factors in escaping poverty. How are transportation and equity connected here in Tacoma and how can the community support a more just future for all?


March 31

Book Club: Tactical Urbanism: Learn about how short-term, community-based projects have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond from author Mike Lydon.


April 28

Creating a Healthy Community Through Walking: Walkability impacts environmental health, economic health, and one’s individual health both mentally and physically. The Surgeon General has announced a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities – learn how we are working locally to step it up

2016 Forum Topics:
2015 Forum Topics:
2014 Forum Topics:
  • Getting Everyone on the Same Street
  • Book Club Discussion with the author: “Bikenomics” by Elly Blue
  • From Park(ing) Day to Parklets
  • Transportation is a Life Determinant with Ron Sims
2011- 2013 Forum Topics:

2013 Forums Topics:

  • What’s Next For Transit? The 2013 Legislative Session
  • Book Club Discussion: “Walkable City” by Jeff Speck
  • Transit Oriented Development: What Works for Tacoma

2012 Forum:

  • Public Health and Transportation

2011 Forum:

  • Tacoma Streetcar discussion

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