4/1: Commander RR and Ms. Darcy, of Tinkertopia

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Today’s briefing features Commander RR and Ms. Darcy, owners of Tinkertopia. They talk about some of the wacky creations that spring from the minds of Tacoma’s youth, how creative reuse can bring families and diverse people together, and what they love about Tacoma.

Interview starts at 6:25.


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