Ocryx and Joe

Le May Museum on Hold

A city of parking lots CAN NOT have competition!
posted Oct 16, 2009
Ocryx and Joe - Le May Museum on Hold (LeMay Museum, Luzon, parking lots)
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To the point of sublime insanity- the multi-multi million dollar LeMay project is finally ready to break ground- but wait! The city just discovered that the design encroaches on a -gasp- parking lot! Must-preserve-all-parking-lots-error-error-error-

You can't make this stuff up - Ocryx and Joe write themselves.

by KevinFreitas on 10/16/2009 @ 7:53am
That's a really great strip! It really does look awful that such a project would be held up due to a parking lot dispute. :S

by NineInchNachos on 10/16/2009 @ 8:48am
I love these crows. Another home run by Jinxmedic !

by MarkMonlux on 10/16/2009 @ 8:56am

by Erik on 10/16/2009 @ 9:32am
Great cartoon strip. The Dome District seems to be the favorite hang out place for Ocryx and Joe. Their very presence in the Dome District does not bode well for the area, sort of like vultures circling.

Rarely are those parking spaces in the remote edge of the Dome District even used.

Half of the Dome District is already dedicated to parking will little life in it with almost no residents. They need buildings and workers not more parking.

by ixia on 10/16/2009 @ 10:42am
Eric Anderson is a parking pro! Let no district and no people come between him and parking. In his last job he literally surrounded the city with parking garages. He is working his magic here in T-Town. Let city owned properties sit empty, let Brown’s bar rot. Renovating indoor parking is where it’s at. Who needs a museum when you need parking?

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/16/2009 @ 11:17am
Letting hotels and a freaking awesome museum languish indefinitely in limbo...

WTF is wrong with the City council/mayor/city manager?
In an era where projects can't get funded and condos sit half-constructed on Fawcett, projects that are fully funded get the finger.

I swear they're punishing us for not removing term limits last year...

by fredo on 10/16/2009 @ 11:23am
Good strip Jinx. The luzon u-park was priceless.

I think your submission really highlights a growing problem for urban planners. How do we attract free spending affluent tourists to our city when such tourists typically wish to drive and park near the object of their attraction? Most high rollers are not riding around the area on Sound Transit.

by ixia on 10/16/2009 @ 11:25am
Bellevue got Wintergrass, perhaps they would like LeMai too. If Brown & Haley get fed up with the dirt wall nonsense, they are welcome in Arizona. That will free up some parking. Time to close the Economic development department. Nothing left to do….

by The Jinxmedic on 10/16/2009 @ 12:46pm
Thanks, everyone! As I said on the description, these things really do write themselves.

I did draw it a bit small, so you do have to enlarge it to the "print" size to read the whole punchline on the "Luzon U-Park" sign (which it looks like Fredo did....)

Again, this could be a good one to email to the city council. (They are going to positively hate these crows before too long.)

by KevinFreitas on 10/16/2009 @ 4:46pm
I saw a couple crows atop a light pole chatting it up and thought of our beloved Ocryx and Joe. Good on you Jinxmedic!

by The Jinxmedic on 10/19/2009 @ 8:44am
My diabolical plan is working! Mwuhahhahahaha!

by Nick on 10/19/2009 @ 9:23am
Is the City really digging in their heels on this? This seems more like a mistake on the LeMay side of the equation. I think someone somewhere screwed up, and now they just have to draw up a new agreement with the City to clear things up.

Based on what I've read, I'm not so sure the city is trying to protect the parking wasteland by the dome as much as they are trying to keep things in order. So it's not so much that the plans spill into another parking lot as it is that they spill into property that wasn't originally agreed upon.

With so much money riding on this, I'm confident there is plenty of motivation to fix this relatively quickly.

by Nick on 10/19/2009 @ 9:27am
Interesting, it appears I didn't have all the details:


by The Jinxmedic on 12/10/2009 @ 8:06am
This just in - 10 December 2009 - Check out today's News Tribune- the city may very well indeed kill the entire LeMay project due to 20 feet of parking lot (and other issues- read the article). Mr. Anderson complained in the article that he didn't like the tone of voice of the LeMay group regarding the latest restrictions for "just doing his job".

News flash, Mr. City Manager - just have the cars that would have parked in that 20 foot strip park in that brand new parking lot where the National Historic Register Luzon building used to be, and then have them ride the Link for free to the Dome.

Oh, and by the way- a lot of people (not just the LeMay folks) don't like the way you are doing your job. Maybe you are an excellent City Manager behind the scenes, doing deals and preserving things that the public at large can't see, but on the surface, it just looks like one screw up after another. You simply can't afford to lose the LeMay to another city.


by NineInchNachos on 12/10/2009 @ 9:01am
thought it was kind of sleazy to how the LeMay folks want to mortgage the land the city gave to the LeMay Museum. Basically the LeMay guy is pulling a Russel... expecting a bunch of free stuff by announcing they might go elsewhere.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/10/2009 @ 9:42am
They (LeMay) have been jerked around for awhile, and are getting tired of bait-and-switch by the city. Silly thing is, LeMay makes plans based on gentleman's verbal agreements with the city, and then are surprised when the conditions change just prior to execution of multi-million dollar project starts.

When I talked to LeMay museum folks earlier this summer, they had pretty much completely given up on the city, and were about to scrap the plans for the museum. Then plan at that time was to just concentrate on the Marymount property- while being nice, Parkland-Spanaway simply does not have the kind of draw that a Tacoma-proper facility would have. (and the I-5 "drive by" effect can not be underestimated, either) Harold LeMay wanted to keep the collection in Tacoma, primarily because of close personal sentiment with the region. A less emotionally bonded museum board may be tempted to move the whole thing elsewhere (somewher business-friendly like Nevada or Idaho for instance...) just to be done with it.

Remember, the Museum was originally supossed to OPEN at the Dome site in 2009, (with construction starting in 2005), and the sponsors are seeing less and less chance of return on their investments the longer this drags on. Many of the sponsors are on the verge of pulling out of the project- leaving LeMay with no funding, and the city with plenty of parking lots.

If the city didn't want to do it, they should have said it up front ten years ago, when there was still a chance to get it built on time, somewhere else.

Moving the project is not an idle threat, it's a matter of survival for the entire LeMay Foundation and the future of Harold's dream.

(This is not a Russell situation. Russell -after being sold- just wanted to move north, and there wasn't anything the city could have actually done about it.)

by NineInchNachos on 12/10/2009 @ 9:51am
interesting perspective sir. thanks!

by NineInchNachos on 12/10/2009 @ 10:01am
some interesting LeMay comments snowballing here:

by The Jinxmedic on 5/12/2010 @ 1:06pm
More parking lot fun from the archives!

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2010 @ 1:09pm
Dude! Can you believe it?

by The Jinxmedic on 5/12/2010 @ 2:11pm
This Sauro thing would actually be funny, if it wasn't just another -wait for it- ...parking lot...