My partner and I purchased a home on the Hilltop three years ago on a block that had seen much better, and much worse times. The last of the old crack houses was on the way out, and working families with children were buying homes. We have a community garden on our block, People’s Park with all of the playground equipment and several day cares operating in our neighborhood.
Imagine our dismay to find out that the old crack house was purchased by someone who would turn it into a boarding house for sex offenders!
Now, despite local TV coverage, pleas to the Tacoma City Council and just asking this person to please not house them in our neighborhood, our families are moving away.
So far, we lost two wonderful people with a lot to contribute to the success of the Hilltop, along with their children. Another successful, educated and supportive couple, homeowners, are selling. An additional four more educated, employed and community-minded homeowners are almost ready to leave.
In the square-mile area where my home is, where my family lives, there are already 24 sex offenders registered. Why are the Department of Corrections and the City of Tacoma allowing more?
I guess all that wishful thinking about revitalizing the Hilltop is just that – wishes and words, no action or support.