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Merritt, Strickland on Tacoma's Image (via KPLU)

by KevinFreitas
on 10/28/2009 @ 8:47am
Here's a great piece that aired on KPLU this morning focusing on how mayoral candidates Jim Merritt and Marilyn Strickland plan to support and boost Tacoma's image and progress.

So who do you think has the better ideas? How, with a weak Mayor form of gov't, do you think the candidates might be able to execute on these goals?

by narndt on 10/28/2009 @ 10:48am
It's funny, as far as the physical appearance and image of Tacoma is concerned, who knows? For a former Starbucks marketing exec and an established architect to come up with the same, generic, cliche campaign signs, that's not good news! :)

In reality, I have to give the edge to Merritt. In this audio Jim sounds way more convicted to bring change. I hear a bit of disgust in Jim's voice, and I like that. Tacoma needs someone who's fed up. Marilyn points out that Tacoma has come a long way since the 70's. So what? It only took a day to tear down the Luzon. I like Marilyn a bit more when it comes to some issues like transportation, but it seems to me like Jim will make for a stronger public figure. And since we do have a weak Mayor, a strong public figure is the best we can do, I think.

As long as we're talking about Tacoma's image, will someone please change our city's logo? I've said this before, but nearly every single visual element ever designed to promote this City is presented from the perspective of looking AWAY from Tacoma. I know we're named after the mountain, but what are we saying about ourselves?

by NineInchNachos on 10/28/2009 @ 12:40pm
instead of a logo change how about a mountain name change?

by Erik on 10/28/2009 @ 12:56pm
Tacoma needs someone with private experience badly to help out this city.

by thriceallamerican on 10/28/2009 @ 1:26pm
I gotta say, part of me likes Merritt's cred as a "government outsider", but I've seen a lot of stuff from him that gives me pause, mostly related to attention to detail. Example A: No matter how accomplished you are in life, your resume doesn't need to be 17 pages long (or however ridiculously long it is)–lack of editing it down means you just don't care. Example B: several ham-handed attempts at Venn diagrams before finally getting it right.

PLUS he donated to the Republican Congressional Committee in the heart of Bush's second term. No one in their right mind should have been giving to the Republicans during Bush's presidency. (Maybe that's just, like, my opinion, though.)

by boearc on 10/28/2009 @ 2:09pm
I would really like to see a close election with Marilyn winning the vote and then Jim appointed to fill her seat. I think Jim could have more lobbying power as a City Council Member as he can work to get the votes necessary to make change happen without appearing to be coming from 'on high' as the Mayor (cause if you don't have 5 votes - it don't matter how good the idea is it will still fail). Oh, and then Julie Anderson get elected Auditor and the Council appoints Jim as a Council Member to be the City rep on the Sound Transit Board. That is a win, win, win, win.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/28/2009 @ 3:09pm
For me, giving to any political party is a sign of mental instability. As is joining one, as is voting party lines, etc, etc.
So we really can't use that against or for a candidate, because most people make the mistake of believing the party bullshit. Hell, I did too in my stupid youth.

We don't need a new logo or another Convention Center.
What we need for an "image change" is to get the message across via propaganda (yes, I include all forms of advertising under that umbrella) and most importantly actions. If we want more companies, more people and more $$$ to come here, we have to give them what they need and we have to woo the pants off them. No logo or motto will do that.
Look at what South Carolina is doing to woo Boeing: they exempted jet fuel used for test flights from taxes! That's outside-of-the-box thinking. Why the hell aren't we being being creatively aggressive like that?

by Mofo from the Hood on 10/28/2009 @ 3:34pm
You wanna change Tacoma's image? Straight up you gotta change the mayoral system. We need multiple mayors.


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