Each morning as I drive down Portland Avenue on my way to work, I am amazed at the transformation that continues to take place in the Salishan area. From 56th to 38th streets, everything on the east side of Portland is new (except for the Army Reserve building). It has been an amazing process to watch.
Proud residents move into new spaces as contractors move into the next section to build. And the new middle school fits right in with the revival.
I’ve been teaching school on Tacoma’s East Side and South End for 30 years. The Salishan stigma that previously haunted students and their self-esteem is gone. We will probably never know the extent that this revitalization has had on individuals and families. I do know that my students share that they are happy in their homes.
Good job, Tacoma.