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TACOMA: Subarea plan disconnected from neighborhoods

Letter by Theresa Power-Drutis, Tacoma on Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:32 am with 1 Comment »
February 9, 2012 2:04 pm

The Hilltop is my beloved neighborhood; “Upper Tacoma” never really fit, nor does the city’s current subarea plan with its “MLK district” and “Hillside District.”

At one point, our home was included in the “Tacoma Avenue Corridor,” a strange entity that was four blocks wide and 20 blocks long with little connective tissue between. Nonetheless, we were designated as a Community Based Services area.

The subarea planners simply stretched this corridor a bit longer and renamed it “Hillside,” as if drawing a rectangle on a map and slapping a name on it could erase our identity as part of the Hilltop.

Try comparing the Google map for “Hilltop, Tacoma” with the map presented in Tacoma’s Subarea Plan.

The Google map shows a neighborhood; the subarea plan map – with its “MLK district” and “Hillside District” – is a narrow, stringy looking construction that could only have been created by someone with little understanding of how neighborhoods are formed or sustained. Perhaps, sadly, neighborhoods are not even on the radar in this process.

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  1. Tacomalover says:

    They are not re-naming it. the plan just focuses on the MLK Strip. NO ONE wants to rename anything. Tacoma will have to grow and change in the next 20-30 years and this whole process is trying to foster than in appropriate ways!

    This map that you speak of is merely a line that shows where the “PLAN” is trying to focus and not a Map that is going to ever be some political, neighborhood or renaming line.

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