I had come to love downtown Tacoma. I was a multi-weekly visitor: eating lunch, shopping at the unique stores, getting pedicures and manicures, visiting my hair salon, seeing my attorney and financial adviser, getting jewelry appraisals, sipping tea at Mad Hat Tea, etc.
But since a large investment group moved its 900-plus employees out and the frustrating parking meters and time limits, I have seen many small businesses shutting down from lack of business. It seems Tacoma is no longer bustling with activity and excitement.
I just received my fifth downtown parking ticket, and it will be my last as I will not be patronizing my favorite downtown establishments anymore.
Due to the city’s generous ticket-giving, most of my friends have been avoiding downtown Tacoma for the past two years. We usually meet on the waterfront or in Puyallup now.
I will miss all of the restaurants, services and stores I frequently patronized came to love. I pray that all of the wonderful businesses can survive and for the businesses that won’t.