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TACOMA: Billboard blight threatens civic projects

Letter by Erik Bjornson, Tacoma on July 28, 2014 at 9:40 am with No Comments »
July 28, 2014 1:12 pm

Tacomans should be excited about two great civic projects that are being built in downtown Tacoma. The $2.6 million Prairie Line Trail project will run through the University of Washington Tacoma, cross Pacific Avenue and pass adjacent to the Tacoma Art Museum.

The museum itself is undergoing a $15.5 expansion and will soon house the Haub Family Collection of Western American art.

Unfortunately, a single rusty dilapidated billboard threatens to squander much of the potential benefit of these civic projects. Sitting right in the middle of the proposed Prairie Line Trail, the billboard with absurdly force the pedestrian path to wind around the billboard’s rusting steel supports.

To add insult to injury, the blightful billboard blocks much of the view of the soon to be renovated Tacoma Art Museum from Pacific Avenue and from the Prairie Line Trail.

Failing to remove this prominent eyesore before these projects are completed would be a colossal mistake. The City of Tacoma should employ every political, legal and financial tool at its disposal to remove the billboard as the success of more than $18 million worth of civic projects depends on it.

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