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TACOMA: City needs jobs before beauty

Letter by Steven P. Lawson, Lakewood on Sep. 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm with 5 Comments »
September 28, 2010 10:46 am

Fred Warnick wrote a disparaging opinion article regarding a proposed Residence Inn along the Foss Waterway (Viewpoint, 9-1). He writes that the architecture of this proposed Marriott hotel is “ugly and uninspiring.” He goes on to say that the proposed Residence Inn, along with the existing Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Pacific Avenue, would result in “double ugly” and “distasteful” architecture for downtown Tacoma and its surroundings.

Beauty and inspiration are in the eye of the beholder. After decades of decay followed by years of vacant and open eyesores, downtown Tacoma should consider itself fortunate to have a Marriott hotel downtown. It is an attractive addition and serves a demand and compliments the convention center and neighboring properties.

The development of the Marriott represents an investment of millions of dollars and is certain to be a catalyst for additional development in Tacoma’s downtown core. The idea of an “open plaza” with fountains, steps and terraces certainly has its place, but it doesn’t pay the mortgage or create a tax base, jobs and economic drive.

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  1. Sumner401 says:

    Whats wrong with good looking and well planned design that adds not only jobs but looks to the city?
    Why give up either?

  2. Sumner — because it costs more, and if it costs more to build the hotel it will cost more to stay there. It would be nice if everything could be as aesthetically pleasing as possible, but sometimes we just need something that does the job. I just want my hotel rooms to be clean and comfortable. I don’t want to pay more because of the beautiful landscaping.

  3. Sumner401 says:

    Oh give me a break.
    Go stay at super 8.

  4. I will, and so will many of the people the city council is trying to pull into downtown. I used to travel a lot for business and I can tell you that by the time I got back to my hotel room at the end of a long day I had no interest whatsoever in the landscaping. I just wanted a clean room with a comfortable bed.

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