City of Destiny

We spent some time in Tacoma this weekend in an effort to escape the mountain of chores that pile up in a garden this time of year. Oh, I planted peas and watered the seedlings and turned the compost, but no one felt like building or shoveling. So, Tacoma: Procrastination via staycation.

We missed the movie we wanted to see at the Grand Cinema by just a few minutes, and the bakery we wanted to visit was closed due to the Sundayness. Tacoma thwarted our best intentions, but we had a little antique shopping and walking around downtown exploring alleys and taking photos of our own shadows.

Before I moved here, I didn’t know much about Tacoma. Maybe they had a big dome or something? What does anyone even know about Tacoma? It has an Aroma, I think? But I’ve grown to appreciate Tacoma as the most sizable city the shortest distance from Olympia. Just in case you need to see big old buildings to feel like the whole world isn’t a small town, which I occasionally need.

Krista loved this old, uninhabitable building on Broadway. I loved the Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle) next to the building. Those plants are native to Chile, but they are all over the PNW.

In Pittsburgh, part of what I loved about the city was the way that decay and neglect led to recolonization of concrete by hardy little plants, “weeds” and mosses. Tacoma has some lovely west coast examples of this phenomenon. Can you tell I got a haircut and lopped off 4 inches of hair? No? Really?

But it’s officially spring! The equinox has passed, and the sun is coming out!

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3 responses to “City of Destiny

  1. Greg

    Hi: Stumbled on your entry. I grew up in Tacoma and that building you liked is the old Elks building. It’s been held hostage by a greedy developer in Portland and recently got purchased by McMenamins. They are planning to renovate the building and transform the adjoining property to restaurant/hotel space. It’ll be nice to see the old girl brought back to life!

    • jess s

      Wow, that is fantastic news! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with it.

    • misterkrista

      That is really interesting! We have the beloved Spar in Olympia that McMenamins saved. We have also visited the Olympic Club in Centralia. That place is gorgeous. We will definitely have to see what they do with this space.

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