Luzon Will Have Her Revenge On Tacoma

with Special Guest Star "Logjam!" as Luzon Tree
posted Sep 21, 2009
THE TACOMIC - Luzon Will Have Her Revenge On Tacoma (tacoma, luzon, conspiracy, gintz group, tree)
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When the elites gather round the South Parking Garage reborn as PACIFIC PLAZA; take a tour of the artificial Eden on the roof, what will they see? A ticking Luzon time-bomb AS-IS? Thorax O'Tool chained in protest to a bulldozer? A pile of demolished rubble and the atmosphere pregnant with asbestos? Lord knows. Perhaps the Luzon will live on forever as 'the one that got away' in the haunted imaginations of angry preservationists.

When you turn your back on history, history turns its back on you.

todd luzon pic

by boearc on 9/22/2009 @ 7:16am
Ah - Planet of the scAPEgoats...

by KevinFreitas on 9/22/2009 @ 8:49am
Well done Mr. Anderson! Just posted a place folks can send one-click emails to the city council re: Luzon demolition.

by marumaruyopparai on 9/22/2009 @ 11:48am

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 12:04pm

Be sure to catch your favorite tree in action here!

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/22/2009 @ 12:04pm
As someone once said, "It's just a bunch of miscolored bricks."

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/22/2009 @ 12:06pm
Fair Warning: Stay clear from the demolition. Asbestos, even tiny amounts, is deadly.

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 12:07pm
but it's OUR miscolored bricks.

THE CONSPIRACY wants to make it into an empty spot.

was it Albert Camus that said a hellish existence is better than nothing?

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 12:42pm
JUST IN from Derek's twitter feed: group trying last minute effort to save luzon has withdrawn offer. Demolition will take place on SATURDAY!

by thriceallamerican on 9/22/2009 @ 12:44pm
Nice URL-shortener domain, Kevin...

by The Jinxmedic on 9/22/2009 @ 1:22pm
I think it may have been Andre Malreaux that said that.

So is the city's historic preservation folks saying YET ONCE AGAIN, "Oops, we won't let that happen again. We can learn from this mistake." How many times can they learn the same lesson, over and over?

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 1:48pm
"THERE IS NO HOPE" - e. anderson

"All YOUR HOPE ARE BELONG TO US" - rr anderson

by ixia on 9/22/2009 @ 1:53pm
"How many times can they learn the same lesson, over and over?" Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different outcome....the definition for Tacoma's leadership?

by Keeper on 9/22/2009 @ 4:18pm
+1 for a soon-to-be-gone eyesore!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/22/2009 @ 7:44pm
you know, this building was great. The collective apathy of those who owned it, our Fearless Leaders and ourselves are what let the building rot into a crumbling husk of an eyesore.

And it's not even like we get a consolation prize of a 40 story scraper or that downtown shopping that we'd like; just another sea of parking that might get developed... in 2112.

I can see the T-Shirt now:
We let the Luzon rot and all we got was this lousy parking lot

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/22/2009 @ 7:50pm
Another thought crossed my mind today.

The Luzon is in deplorable condition and, quite honestly, as ugly as sin right now. The city didn't do too much for DECADES until the opening of it's new Class A office building brimming with LEED goodness.

According to my homies over at the Urban Land Institute:
"Class A space can be characterized as buildings that have excellent location and access, attract high quality tenants, and are managed professionally. Building materials are high quality and rents are competitive with other new buildings".

What "Class A" tenant wants to pay $200+ per sq ft and look out on the Luzon in it's current shape? This decision may be more than just a rotting building, it may be part of a plan to attract some higher-caliber (thus higher paying) tenants to downtown.

I like history as much as anyone, but our rotting buildings do actually look worse than a parking lot. Maybe, just maybe, if we managed to make downtown look, you know, good, then maybe we'd have more business downtown, and possibly kept Russell

...just a thought.

by NineInchNachos on 9/22/2009 @ 7:58pm
broken window theory? there were lots of broken windows on the Luzon. Even so, I hope Kevin can get some time lapse shots. Should be a good show.

by KevinFreitas on 9/22/2009 @ 8:19pm
@thrice: Thx! More to come...

by thriceallamerican on 9/23/2009 @ 9:39am
@Kevin wonder if I was the only one geeky enough to have whois'd that as soon as I saw it...

by KevinFreitas on 9/23/2009 @ 3:07pm
@thrice: Figure that's what you might have done. ;)

by NineInchNachos on 9/23/2009 @ 3:58pm
Todd Matthews has assembled this Daily Index story with lots of photographs on the LOST LUZON BLOCK devastated by URBAN RENEWAL (in pdf technicolor!)

by Mark Monlux on 9/24/2009 @ 5:05pm
Nice touch there with the tree. It should be noted that there are a few of them growing out of the side of the Luzon building. What will happen to these tender saplings when they are so rudely evicted?

by Erik on 9/24/2009 @ 5:26pm
It is not looking good for the Luzon.

The wrecking crew with heavy machinery is circling the building.

by Jake on 9/24/2009 @ 7:52pm
Maybe we will see a court injunction tomorrow?!?!? that would add to the drama. Also has there been any regional press on the Luzon? Seems like if the regional press did something maybe AP would pick it up and then you have a much larger audience and potential developers who could step in.

by Erik on 9/24/2009 @ 8:14pm
Maybe we will see a court injunction tomorrow?!?!?

Unlikely. Gintz would have to bring it along with a motion to shorten time on the court's calendar.

Unlikely a court is going to enjoin a city which states that the public safety is in danger.

I am looking forward to seeing 13th Street open up.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/28/2009 @ 2:50pm
Opening 13th street will make it easier to park in those 15 new parking spaces in the Luzon's footprint.


New Ocryx and Joe tomorrow to replace the sharpie special I posted on Friday. If you want to keep Friday's panel, download and save it now. because like the Luzon itself, it will be gone tomorrow, too.

Much to my surprise, Mayor Baarsma answered my Friday email (the one where I expressed my profound disapointment for the total disregard of the city manager to entertain any possibility to save the Luzon). The Mayor said his choice, and the choice of the majority of the council, was to have the demolition delayed in order to find an alternate plan to save the building. Um, if the friggin' MAYOR and a MAJORITY of the city council wanted a delay in the demolition, why in the world did it come down anyway? What kind of magical supra-democratic powers does Erik Anderson have? Is he a new breed of supervillian? (don't answer that).

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2009 @ 3:53pm
Considering that Tacoma is a City Manager ran town the Mayor is a figurehead like the Queen of England.

Want change? Let's get a referendum on the ballot for 2010 to remove the position of city manager and return Tacoma to a Mayor-run town.

by KevinFreitas on 9/28/2009 @ 4:48pm
I'm in Thorax. How do we proceed?

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/28/2009 @ 5:26pm
I'm guessing we begin the petition process bright an early in January 2010 for that November's general election. I don't know how many signatures it'd take to get a referendum for Tacoma, but I'd bet likely 10-15 thousand. This is something I need to look more into.
Sounds like a chance for us to go grassroots and actually try to make a difference.

You know, a great point to argue for people to sign the petition is the $$$ we'd save by not having a city manager. The mayor already makes bank, they may as well be useful for what we pay them. Oh yeah, and the whole being accountable to voters thing. That's good too.

by KevinFreitas on 9/28/2009 @ 10:17pm
That would be an interesting challenge. Might be good to open up the discussion and look into what other cities have done or accomplished in a similar governmental organization. Also reviewing precedent for changing this sort of thing up in a city. Hmm... If we elect a great Mayor in someone like Merritt or Strickland they should be able to help effect change in Tacoma rather than have their hands tied.

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2009 @ 10:28pm
happy birthday kevin! did you get any Luzon bricks from your friends as gifts?

by NSHDscott on 9/28/2009 @ 10:57pm
I'm not too keen on having a politician run our city instead of a professional, but I am also frustrated that the city manager can override the majority of our elected officials like he did. I think the danger aspect was overplayed in the face of expert opinion and ulterior motives were involved regarding the marketing of Pacific Plaza, but you can't just "Nickles" a city manager out of office like you can a mayor. Instead of getting rid of a city manager who I think is pretty okay (and whose salary is a drop in the bucket, really) I'd be more in support of in giving the mayor a little more say.

by NSHDscott on 9/28/2009 @ 10:58pm
And Kevin -- happy birthday -- and I'm not at all convinced that Strickland would be a "great mayor" ... Merritt, maybe!

by NineInchNachos on 9/28/2009 @ 11:20pm
yeah I had no idea the manager could just override the council like that. I was under the impression the council was the city manager's boss.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2009 @ 8:02am
A referendum sounds like a good idea.

By the way, I want some Luzon bricks to make a driveway for the CLAW-mobile. Maybe a couple of those iron columns, too.

by LogJam on 9/30/2009 @ 5:35pm
I finally saw this cartoon today. What the hell?? Logjam as Charlton Heston? I love it!

By the way, thanks for th' plug, RR! And it was an honor being in one of your cartoons. We can discuss character licensing fees later.


by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 7:26pm
mean people suck

"FIRE ME" mysterious Eric Anderson poster

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 7:27pm
@jeff the Tacomic is a huge fan of your talking trees

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/30/2009 @ 8:38pm
Who dat?

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 8:41pm
I think it is a photo of Lyndon Johnson.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/30/2009 @ 8:43pm
LBJ was not OK
he had the CIA and FBI kill JFK.
What a dark day
with our own bloodshed we did pay.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/30/2009 @ 9:54pm
Looks like this guy:

by Dave_L on 9/30/2009 @ 10:57pm
Does anyone know how this went?

..."Anderson's* quarterly review comes before the council study session on Tuesday, Baarsma said." (TNT 9/27/09)

(* Not R.R.)

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 11:06pm
probably got another raise