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TACOMA: City’s loss is Seattle’s gain

Letter by Harold Lyons, Gig Harbor on Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm with 23 Comments »
January 31, 2012 12:05 pm

Re: “Lost spaces” (TNT, 1-28).

I am glad that there is no parking at the Tacoma Dome; it has saved me lots of money.

I have tried to go to events but was unable to find parking in the Dome parking lot. I was not going pay the high price they were asking for parking off the area, plus pay the amount for a ticket to the event.

I’ll take the bus to Seattle; that lets me off in front of the event. I am a senior and can’t walk very far.

Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. ManuelMartini says:

    There is no bus serving the Dome?

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    The Tacoma Dome needs additional parking. Hope they can make an arrangement to resolve this mess.

    How about off site park and rides and free shuttles to the dome like they do during the summer for the 4th of July events.

  3. There is no bus serving the Dome?

    The 42 runs up D street. However, there isn’t any service after 7:15.

    So it’s of no use to rock’n Harold if wants to go the Van Halen concert.

  4. surething says:

    I take The Link.

  5. Soundlife says:

    I think old Harold just wanted to whine.
    I don’t have any cheese to give him to go with it, so I will simply enjoy having him out of the city for a few hours…

  6. ReadNLearn says:

    Harold is just touching on something…Tacoma is a joke. I seriously doubt that there’s a whole slew of people around the world who want to see junky glass or junker cars when they come and vacation in America, yet we spend major bucks on those fiascos.

    I can just imagine this conversation in Tokyo…

    Hey, Toshi, where do you want to go when you go to America?

    I want to go to Tacoma and see that junk in the glass museum and a bunch of old dusty cars in a cocoon over looking the tide flats of Tacoma.

    (No…no I don’t think so, yet MILLIONS were spent.)

    By the way, Toshi, you can’t smoke in bars or resturants in Washington, unless you go to the Indian Casinos.

    They’re trying to attract tourists from Asia and they don’t allow smoking in resturants and bars?


    We’ll skip Washington. What a joke!

  7. itwasntmethistime says:

    Seattle has quite a bit for tourists to do but I can’t imagine anybody coming to Tacoma from afar just to see the car museum.

  8. ManuelMartini says:

    Boy, are there a lot of people undereducated about Lemay’s car collection.


    The location might not have been perfect but that doesn’t degrade the increadible collection, and I’m not a car buff.

    As to tourism, people travel a long way to watch a few guys in a fish store throw salmon and then shop for high priced trinkets. The Lemay Collection has more to offer.

    The test will be the complaints about traffic during the first major event.

    Uh….taxedenough…..who is going to pay for those “free” shuttle rides?

  9. ManuelMartini says:

    We must have public smoking so that tourists will flock.::::eyeroll::::

  10. ManuelMartini says:

    According to a new survey, 21.7 percent of Japanese adults are smokers

    We’ll take the other 68% to be our tourists

  11. Pecksbadboy says:

    Hey ManuelMartini,
    It is pretty obvious you are not a car buff if you think this museum is anything world class. Ever been to San Sylmar or the Peterson in CA?

    It is also obvious you have not driven I-5 past the Tacoma dome on a venue night not just after the car museum opens for I doubt it will make things much worse.

  12. Tacoma needs upper-class clubs whereas you pay an arm and a leg to get in, don’t have to worry about fights gun fights at the OK Coral etc….

  13. alindasue says:

    ReadNLearn said, “They’re trying to attract tourists from Asia and they don’t allow smoking in resturants and bars?”

    Smoking is becoming less and less acceptable in Tokyo, much like it is here. All the friends who smoked when I visited in 2004 have since quit.

    The car museum would be a big draw to people from Japan, just as the glass museum was a huge “must see” for a friend visiting from Illinois last month.

    The biggest advantage that Seattle has over us is that their transit system is funded enough that the main buses are still running when events get out at the stadiums there.

  14. aislander says:

    Being able to enjoy a postprandial cigar is not a reason to come to a place, but prohibition of it may be a reason not to…

  15. I live not to far where LeMay use to park his collection, I didn’t go see them then and I will not go see them now that they’re across from the Dome.. I for one don’t understand why the City paid to put his collection in a public building.
    Word has it he got rid of stuff that was no longer a use the same spanaway raceway got rid of cars that no longer of use.

  16. ManuelMartini says:

    :::::looks at comments to see where I said “world class”::::

    Nope. Nothin’

    What’s “world class” about throwing fish, Pecks?

    “World class” is created by marketing.

  17. ManuelMartini says:

    :::::looks at comments to see where I said “world class”::::

    Nope. Nothin’

    What’s “world class” about throwing fish, Pecks?

    “World class” is created by marketing.

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/01/31/high-parking-cost/#comments#storylink=cpy

  18. beerBoy says:

    Had a business in the Dome district. I had to close the gate on my parking lot to prevent Dome-goers from parking in my lot so my customers could use it.

    Of course, there are a few other deterrents there…..the number of crack hos strolling the area being a major one.

  19. A321196 says:

    LeMay Museum didn’t need a new facility. The City of Tacoma could have deeded over the underused convention center across from the Marriott. You could get plenty of cars into that place.

  20. If you wanna see a car collection, go to BLackhawk California and checkout Ken Behring’s Museum – yes, same Ken that was with the SeaTurtles.

  21. ManuelMartini says:

    While Behring’s 90 car museum (see website) is probably impressive, I’d find it hard pressed to outrank:

    “The spacious facility will house up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.”

    No wonder our tourism sucks at times. Locals tell everyone “we’ve got nothing to see – stay home”

  22. Romulan says:

    Who are the SeaTurtles?

  23. Romulan, I think jintz use of the name “SeaTurtles” may be some kind of unforgivable derogatory and disrespectful slam against the Seattle SeaHawgs. Ken Bearing used to own them at one time, right? Then he sold them to buy more cars for his collection or something. Such disrespect! My word! (HA HA HA!)

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