WHAT WILL THIS PLAN INCLUDE?

A GUIDING VISION FOR THE DISTRICT

an enduring concept for the future, grounded in the community’s values and desires

PUBLIC REALM OPPORTUNITIES

ideas for improving streets, public spaces, and activity throughout the area, to make progress toward the Vision

DEMONSTRATION PLANS for CORE PROJECTS

preliminary concepts for transforming Theater Square and Commerce Street, in the heart of the district

HOW WILL THIS PLAN BE USED?

  • To encourage conversations about the future of the district

  • To guide future redesign and improvements of streets and public spaces

  • To catalyze and guide economic development, so future projects contribute to the vision for the district

  • To build partnerships that make projects possible and successful

  • To advocate for funding needed to plan, implement, and sustain specific projects

PROCESS

Spaceworks Tacoma, with the support of the City of Tacoma, is hosting a series of outreach and activation events to engage the public in the development of the
TRANSFORM plan.

The Walker | Macy team is using public input gained from ’ outreach to inform its planning work, so that its ideas and recommendations respond to the community’s interests.

The project Steering Committee reviews and directs the team’s work in progress, so that the final planning report provides useful guidance for the project partners: Pierce Transit, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and the City of Tacoma.

Tacoma Outreach & Activation

The goals of Programming in the Theater District were to:

  • Stimulate public participation and capture feedback through nine events over three months.
  • Create visible transformations to the district by programming visual art and performances by local artists into existing and new spaces.
  • Change perceptions of the area and its potential.
  • Demonstrate Theater Square and Commerce Street as vibrant and engaging activity centers by programming activities and performances by local artists into existing and new spaces.

Summary of Activities & Touchpoints

• Project website and online survey (launched 8/15/2017).
Over 800 visitors to date. 195 survey responses.
• Music and Art in Wright Park, booth (8/12/2017). Over 90
written respones and comments.
• Hilltop Street Fair, booth (8/26/2017). 25 written responses.
• Downtown to Defiance, booth (9/10/2017)
• Broadway Farmer’s Market, booth (9/14/2017, 9/21/2017,
9/28/2017). Over 75 written responses and comments.
• Park(ing) Day, installation (9/15/2017)
• DOTG intercept survey at Commerce St. block (10/14/2017,
10/17/2017). 44 responses.
• Theater District Art Walk, -organized event and activities
(9/21/2017)
26 sites activated, 3 staffed mural boxes, Guided
walk. Over 500 participants.
• Information Window in Woolworth Building
• Social Media – 7 posts between 9/28/2017 and 11/3/2017.
Over 5,700 people reached.
TRANSFORM PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FALL 2017
Through these efforts, we estimate that over 400 people gave
us feedback.

Thanks for your interest in the TRANSFORM Project! Please sign up for updates, feedback opportunities and  event notifications. And once the Tacoma Theater District Placemaking Plan is developed, you will be the first to know.