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South Tacoma Way: By the Numbers

1

Number of world-famous gorillas named Ivan who lived at the B&I.

300

Circulation of the monthly South Tacoma Business District Association Newsletter.

7.6

Length, in miles, of South Tacoma Way, between Pacific Avenue to its terminus just south of Highway 512.

8

Number of animated dioramas created by the Smyser Display Service, 2016 South Tacoma Way, for the 1939 World’s Fairs held in San Francisco (February) and New York (April). The largest exhibit was a 16-foot-high, 28-foot-long diorama of Mount Rainier featuring cars moving along the highway, a working waterfall, and sunrises and sunsets.

61

Number of cross streets marked by street signs along South Tacoma Way.

22

Number of cross streets controlled by traffic lights along South Tacoma Way.

11

Number of Pierce Transit bus routes that cross and/or travel along South Tacoma Way.

300

Route number of the main Pierce Transit bus along South Tacoma Way

51

Number of News Tribune subscribers with addresses on South Tacoma Way

300

Number of members of the Gold Seal Chinchilla Association who met at the group’s headquarters at 8610 South Tacoma way in June 1956 for the cooperative’s first-anniversary celebration

80

Number of years Bob’s Java Jive has been in operation (though it wasn’t always called that)

20

Estimated number of gangs operating in the South Tacoma Way area

50

Estimated number of circuits of South Tacoma Way a police officer patrolling the street makes in the course of a night shift

1888

The year Star Ice & Fuel was founded.

120

The amount of ice, in tons, Star Ice & Fuel can produce in a day.

100

The percentage of whole grains – wheat, barley, rye and flax that haven’t been stripped of fibers and micronutrients in pursuit of soft, white-bread wonders – contained in Roman Meal products.

37,000

Number of square feet in the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s New Life Square on South Tacoma Way.

70

Capacity for the rescue mission men’s overnight shelter.

40

Capacity for the rescue mission men’s and women’s substance abuse recovery program.

76

Average number of people turned away each month last year from the rescue mission for lack of an available bed.

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