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Meetings: Berms, beams and posts

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm with 2 Comments »
October 5, 2009 12:20 pm

In the continuing saga over Sound Transit’s controversial D to M Street commuter rail project, meetings tonight and tomorrow should provide some lively discourse.

Sounder(Reporter Kris Sherman had a good overview story on the subject in Sunday’s TNT)

At 5 p.m. tonight at the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel (2611 East E Street, Tacoma), the Dome District and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects will present a computer-animated presentation detailing their take on the differences between the current Sound Transit-backed berm design and opponent-supported post-and-beam designs for the project.

Here’s how “Do it Right Tacoma,” a group opposing the Sound Transit design plan, described tonight’s forum:

There’s an important informational forum this Monday, featuring the berm verses post and beam. The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Dome District, will be presenting a computer generated graphics presentation showing both design plans and how they will likely look.

You’ll be able to ask questions and look at any spot along the train track alignment in both versions. This is an important show and tell, and a chance to encourage the city to listen to citizens and business owners.

Then Tuesday evening, at the Tacoma City Council meeting, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the project as part of the council’s consideration of a right-of-use agreement for the project between the city and Sound Transit. Although the agenda item does not involve design aspects of the commuter rail project — it’s focusing more on rights-of-way and other issues that simply set the stage for the project — city officials say they expect and invite citizens to get into design details during the comment session.

The council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers (747 Market Street, First Floor), with the public hearing expected to begin about 5:30 p.m.

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  1. greenman42 says:

    it’s pretty obvious post and beam would look better. but this isn’t a beauty contest. the question is how to get a heavy train up to speed on a particular angle. that’s an engineering problem, not an architectural one.

    and even if post and beam could work, using it from ground level to several feet in the air will create dozens of quiet little nooks for prostitutes, drug users and overnighters. that’s not much of an improvement.

  2. At least the berm will provide a handy place for campaign, realtors and developers signs to be displayed. ;)

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