Tacoma, Wash. – Race, ethnicity, gender, and income impact how people live and move through cities. Tacoma, like many places, has a racist and exclusionary past that influences transportation and land use policy for all. Learn about the way history has shaped our city and the radical ways we can change it at Downtown On the Go’s first Friday Forum of 2019.
On Jan. 25, 2019 from Noon to 1 p.m., Tanisha Jumper, Director of Media & Communications at the City of Tacoma, will moderate a discussion with Jacques Colon, of Tacoma 2025, and Alex Mather, of Pierce Transit, in the Pantages Theater Lobby.
In the ninth year of the Friday Forum Series, Downtown On the Go is taking you back to class! Review the fundamental elements of transportation and explore the connections between how our cities are built and your favorite subjects in school. Each forum includes a lesson related to Tacoma’s past, present, and future.
Forums are free and open to the public and this forum is part a three-part series and other topics that include:
- History: Institutional Racism and Urban Planning (Jan 25)
- Math: Traffic Equations and the Value of Moving People (Feb 22)
- Art: Good Design and Public Space (Mar 29)
Downtown On the Go and Tacoma Roots are partnering to host an Equity Happy Hour, from 4 to 6 p.m. at State Street Beer (606 N. State St.) also on Jan. 25, 2019. Tacoma Roots is an anti-racist environmental justice community forum for learning and discussion. This event will be a place to continue this important conversation. Participants do not need to attend the forum to attend the happy hour.
Downtown On the Go is the transportation advocate and resource for downtown Tacoma. Friday Forums bring together local leaders, experts, and the community to talk about transportation issues facing Tacoma and our region.
For those who cannot attend, join the conversation on Jan. 25 on Twitter using the hashtag #DOTGForum and following @downtownonthego. Find up-to-date event information and reading material in the Facebook event.