Monthly Archive: September 2010

Alternatives to Selling

There are many different reasons that lead people to move out of their homes; relocating for a job, outgrowing the current home, looking for a better neighborhood. However with the housing industry struggling it has maintained its status as a buyers market, making it very difficult to sell.

Another option for those who are adamant, or required, to move is renting. Turning a house into a rental property can be the perfect solution for a house that won’t sell. If the house is ready to sell, there is typically not much work that needs to be done to get it ready to rent .… Read the rest

Parlaying an Internship into a Job

With summer ending, college students are returning to school, some for their final year before moving on to further study or going out into the world. For those students who have completed summer internship programs, like those offered by Southwestern Company , it’s the perfect time to think about how to turn that summer experience into a full-time job after graduation.

The first step is to determine if you really want a job with this company or even if you’re still interested in the field. Sit down and reflect on what you learned during the summer experience, not just the job skills you may have picked up.… Read the rest

Cultural Tacoma

The Museum of Glass  boasts an iconic structure standing near the Thea Foss Waterway; the steel cone of the hot shop is one of the most recognizable structures in the city.

Tacoma Art Museum was founded in 1935 and reopened in 2003 in a new building on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma – now one of three organizations forming the “museum district” (others are Museum of Glass and Washington State History Museum). It is considered a model for mid-sized regional museums.

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is the home to three theaters, two of which are on the National Historic Register.… Read the rest

Tacoma History

Tacoma was inhabited for thousands of years by American Indians, predominantly the Puyallup people, who lived in settlements on the delta of the Puyallup River and called the area Squa-szucks. It was visited by European and American explorers, including George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes, who named many of the coastal landmarks.

In 1852 a Swede named Nicolas Delin constructed a sawmill powered by water on a creek near the head of Commencement Bay, but the small settlement that grew up around it was abandoned during the Indian War of 1855-1856. In 1864, pioneer and postmaster Job Carr, a Civil War veteran and land speculator who hoped to profit from the selection of Commencement Bay as the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, built a cabin (a replica of Job Carr’s cabin, which also served as Tacoma’s first post office, was erected in “Old Town” in 2000 near the original site), and later sold most of his claim to developer Morton McCarver (1807–1875), who named his project Tacoma City.… Read the rest

About Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States.  The city is on Washington’s Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 193,556, according to the 2000 census, while the Census Bureau estimated its population at 199,637 in 2009.   Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Japanese automaker Toyota has a truck named after the city.… Read the rest