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TACOMA: Council appointee should be from business

Letter by Erik Bjornson, Tacoma on Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm | No Comments »
December 24, 2012 1:43 pm

“Diverse candidates seek City Council spot” (TNT, 12-22).

Special thanks to outgoing City Councilman Jake Fey, who served Tacoma well for many years and now will be representing Tacomans in the state Legislature.

Tacoma’s greatest current need is to rebuild the city, support restoration of the vast inventory of vacant buildings, and support the construction of well-designed buildings on the vast sea of blighted and vacant parking lots downtown and in many of Tacoma’s mixed-use centers. Far too many of the buildings downtown and in the neighborhood business centers are vacant and in danger of being razed like the Luzon.

Because of failing tax revenues, the council has had to severely cut city services even while raising taxes. The tax base in Tacoma desperately needs to be broadened by expanding the number of businesses, preferably small ones to simultaneously create more vibrant, walkable and enjoyable neighborhood centers.

The applicant the City Council appoints to replace Fey should have a strong background in business and in the building and restoring of buildings and be ready to hit the ground running to contribute to the city.

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