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TACOMA: Why spend on Ruston Way project?

Letter by Gwen and Philip Phibbs, Tacoma on April 27, 2012 at 11:58 am with 8 Comments »
April 27, 2012 2:11 pm

On our morning walk along the Ruston Way waterfront Friday we saw a sign announcing a proposed $4 million project ($3 million provided by the City of Tacoma and $1 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency).

If the city is having difficulty balancing its budget, how can it afford this expense? If the money is available, but can only be used for construction, why not use the $3 million to repair the Old Town Dock, which has been closed to the public for several years, or some other badly needed construction project (like filling potholes)?

What is the purpose of this project? If FEMA (or FEMA and the city) needs office space, why not rent or buy some of the office space available all over the city rather than using scarce public waterfront?

If a waterfront location is needed for FEMA’s work, why not use space in the Port of Tacoma, on the Thea Foss Waterway or at the Tacoma Yacht Club basin? This would preserve the park area for the public.

It is time to think about our heritage, the city we shall leave for our children and grandchildren. Will we preserve or gradually destroy the beautiful public spaces of our city – most importantly the now very limited park land on our waterfront?

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. royboy361 says:

    Sometimes the City can get a grant for a specific project but only that project. While other streets are in more dire need of repair the grant may be for a sewer project or a certain street because it’s goes by a school. If they City doesn’t put up it’s share all the money is gone.

  2. You should have found out the purpose of the project before you wrote your letter and proved your ignorance on the issue. (sigh)

  3. smcelhiney says:

    Publico, my interest is peaked… and I think a response explaining the project and why it requires $4 million in public funds is a reasonable question. Is the information on the sign? What are they proposing to build?

  4. Why is FEMA even looking at any property on or near a waterfront. Is not FEMA aware of Global Warming, rising ocean levels, killer tsunami’s and continental shelf fault lines? Shouldn’t FEMA be looking to locate their offices on higher ground?

    Much higher ground!

    How about the crater of Mt. Rainier for a good logical FEM office location? That way at least they be right on top of any impending Lahar situation.

  5. took14theteam says:

    :::::Leftist crickets::::::

  6. xring, I believe your comment above is posted in the wrong topic. I also believe you personally are on the wrong planet. No offense.

  7. RL – which is why I flagged it. What planet do you live one?

  8. This piqued my interest too . . . Searching “TNT” for FEMA and Ruston yields this letter and nothing else.

    Does this project exist?

    Here exists a perfect opportunity for big-government lefties and “TNT” to do some useful informing.

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