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.