Tacoma’s vision of the 1990s brought the University of Washington Tacoma to downtown and revitalized Union Station. Community and business leaders expanded that vision by constructing quality museums and downtown housing, revitalizing the Foss Waterway and strengthening the arts.
The proposal to locate the Pierce County Services Center in the Lincoln District would create “city center sprawl” and show a lack of commitment to Tacoma’s successful vision. It detracts from the predictability necessary to attract the downtown business and residential activity that is essential to the city’s vibrancy.
Citizens should sign the referendum petition to oppose Pierce County’s decision to place the services center in the Lincoln District. The county executive and some County Council members should retreat from their threat to override the likely outcome of the advisory vote on the same issue. And all should recognize that rejuvenating Tacoma’s core will continue Pierce County’s path to prosperity.