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TACOMA: No risk in gifting site for cultural center

Letter by Chris A. Talbert, Tacoma on Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm with No Comments »
December 24, 2012 1:38 pm

Re: “City says it can’t donate downtown land” (TNT, 12-18).

It would be in the City of Tacoma’s best interest to not make a single penny on the former brewery district site.

Despite our terrible start to Asian-American relations in the late 19th century, we now enjoy a vibrant and healthy Asian-Pacific population here in the city of Tacoma. The best use of the former brewery site, situated so perfectly close to a burgeoning downtown, also would serve as clear indicator of the city’s commitment to its diverse culture.

Take a look at Seattle’s International District; it is a thriving city unto itself. Even in a down economy it thrives on its unique services and cultural offerings. Tacoma could have the same rich opportunity staring it right in the face.

What other use is as win/win for this site? Bring the Asia Pacific Cultural Center to the former brewery district and watch Tacoma respond the same way she did to the investment made by the city and the University of Washington. Remember when that seemed like a risky idea?

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