Comments: Tacoma Does Deserve Economic Development

Well said. I understand there's a bit of a "chicken and the egg" about which comes first: consumers or developers. However, there are some seriously fierce folks in town that are all about going local whenever they can -- and a healthy crop of them are bloggers and/or read blogs. Overall the Volcano piece is just a rant designed to generate buzz. Understood.

I'm definitely proud of everyone (including those damned lazy bloggers -- sheesh!) who're able to get out and walk downtown or in their neighborhood and support local business and restaurants. It can't always happen but this sort of movement starts from the ground up not the paper down.

Posted by K to the F at March 11, 2008 05:51 AM

Yeah I need to stop reacting to that Volcano article. Went over there and had my fit, now I'm done.

What bothers me the most about it is that it's "generating buzz" at our expense, with a portion of Tacoma that does not read blogs and now thinks we're a bunch of whiners.

Posted by Jenyum at March 11, 2008 06:51 AM

Hence my above post. Maybe I'll just copy and paste the whole thing into the comments.

Posted by ensie at March 11, 2008 11:19 AM

well, hell. I guess, as a blogger, my recent hot dogs (with other bloggers) at red hot don't count, nor do the other meals/beverages I've consumed in various places about the town mean anything. Certainly, the local boutique clothes (and shoes!) I wear aren't, in any way, supporting the "localness' of things, and CERTAINLY the piddly-ass candles, soaps, cleaning items, papers, books, and various and sundry other et-ceteras that I've spent my money recently on are... like, um, invisible. Or something.

Or else, by "bloggers" she means... um... some other people?

Forking fork, dude. this kind of devisiveness does nothing to help build communities, OR columnist credibility. All it does is smack them in their own faces with their own sop boxes...

Posted by jane doe at March 11, 2008 07:56 PM

Essentially Natasha has composed a piece telling us all that we don't deserve economic development downtown because we don't appreciate what already exists. We don't shop in the stores that already exist, we don't ride the LINK rail, and we fail to provide appropriate feedback to the business owners when unhappy with their current practices.

I saw that article too. The best I can guess is Natasha liked the forum but got caught up in a bit and decided to inadvertently bash bloggers.

Considering that she is one and knows that people who blog are the most "go local" people there are the article makes little sense.

What bothers me the most about it is that it's "generating buzz" at our expense, with a portion of Tacoma that does not read blogs and now thinks we're a bunch of whiners.

With the rise of the Tacoma Blogosphere, it is becoming a target like anything else and as it gets larger will get more fractioned which is happening more and more.

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