“The Friday Forum series had good innovative thinking, provided a big picture view of issues, and allowed people to think outside the… car.” – Friday Forum participant

Friday Forums

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

2024 Friday Forums Series

Downtown On the Go is exploring what it means to build strong communities, focusing in on health equity, youth mobility, and housing density. These forums will be available both over Zoom and in person at UW Tacoma, Milgard Hall Room 110. 

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

January 26, 2024 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Strong Communities, Healthy Communities Recording Available Here

  • 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.
  • Panelists
    • Tono Sablan, Executive Director at Parkland-Spanaway Blue Zones Project
    • Naomi Wilson, Community Assessment Manager at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
    • Lowell Wyse, Executive Director at Tacoma Tree Foundation
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

February 23, 2024 (noon – 1 p.m.) – New Kids on the Bus: Youth Mobility in Tacoma Recording Available Here

  • 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.
  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Matthew Kelley, Associate Professor at University of Washington Tacoma
    • McKenna Lux, Engagement & Events Manager at Transportation Choices Coalition
    • Fletcher Crone, Student at University of Puget Sound
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

March 29, 2023 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Following the Numbers: Affordable Housing & Density Recording Available Here

  • 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.
  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Anaid Yerena, Associate Professor at University of Washington Tacoma
    • Jeff Dade, Director of Community Partnerships Pierce County at Homestead Community Land Trust
    • Nicholas Carr, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager at Tacoma Housing Authority
    • Tanisha Jumper, Chief Communications Officer at Tacoma Public Schools (Moderator)

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