Letters to the Editor

TACOMA: What happened to community pride?

I have lived in Tacoma for the better part of 60 years, and I love my city. But in the recent past I have seen many changes that leave me saddened and discouraged.

The streets and sidewalks in many areas are in utter disrepair. People leave their discarded belongings on the public right of way and fail to prune trees and bushes, not to mention letting yards become a haven for rodents.

In my North End neighborhood are two guys running construction businesses out of their homes who park dump trucks and other pieces of equipment on the street. My neighbor had seven cars parked on the street recently, and regular overnight guests come and go at all hours.

What happened to community pride? I have called 311 about various things, and it takes follow-ups to get any response by code enforcement. I restored this 120-year-old home two years ago with the intention of living my life out here, but I am not so sure anymore.

If not for a few caring “activists,” all hope would be lost. It’s for darn sure the City Council doesn’t give a rip about such things.

Bob Kiley