Monday, October 09, 2006

Get a Life (Downtown)!

Tacoma's downtown skyline is changing daily with the development of chic condominiums, stylish townhomes and trendy apartments, and the annual Tour of Urban Living will be a great chance to get inside 25 of these properties and become part of the action.

The 2006 Tour of Urban Living takes place October 14th and 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This free, self-guided tour promises to highlight the best that downtown Tacoma has to offer: Tacoma's world-class museum row, fabulous eateries, revitalized waterfront, eclectic shops, and the free Link light rail.

But this year's Tour won't just be a gathering of potential residents and admirers. It will be kicked off with a celebration of the people who already live downtown via a special, invitation-only event called the Block Tie Affair, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on October 12th in the Tacoma Club. This will be the first-ever opportunity for all of those who have already chosen to live downtown to meet face-to-face while enjoying appetizers, entertainment and a premium view of Tacoma. Attendees will also receive "Downtown Ambassador" buttons to wear during the Tour of Urban Living to serve as a resource for potential downtown residents.

The Block Tie Affair is sponsored by the downtown Tacoma development community, the Downtown Merchants Group and the City of Tacoma.

The Tour of Urban Living is sponsored by participating properties, the Click! Network, The News Tribune and the BIA.

Maps of the Tour of Urban Living are currently available online, and in the City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department, 747 Market St., 9th floor. Tour maps will also be available on both days of the event at an information booth inside the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 1515 Commerce St.


  1. Also, consider seeing the opening of the Pantages this Friday at 8:00 p.m. here's a sneak look.

  2. Anonymous8:05 PM

    The block tie affair was a fantastic event! And one of the great things was the sense of common purpose which is noted in the blog as necessary for revitalization. It was a Tacoma love fest!

  3. Anonymous8:05 PM

    PS/ kudos to all who made it happen!