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March 14, 2004

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In the language of the Puyallup and Klickitat peoples, Tacoma (pronounced tah-hoe-ma) is the name of the 14,410 ft. mountain which white invaders renamed Rainier. It is also a city of approximately 200,000 souls just 45 public bus minutes south of Seattle--a curious blend of military bases, northwest liberals, and violent bored youth. Sarah is writing an article about Tacoma's bid to woo artists with subsidized housing. Resident James Kirchmer took us on a tour. It was hillier than I expected of an industrial port city, and something about the light and air felt very nice. I plan on going back soon to more deeply explore its many seedy bars. Of course, most famously, Tacoma is also the name of a light duty Toyota pickup truck.