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TACOMA: Is there a better way than boulders?

Letter by Megan Capes, Tacoma on June 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm with No Comments »
June 11, 2015 9:30 am
A half-block of parking strip on Earnest S Brazill St. above So. Tacoma Ave. is now covered with boulders, presumably to discourage homeless people from congregating.  (Staff file)
A half-block of parking strip on Earnest S Brazill Street above  Tacoma Avenue South is now covered with boulders, presumably to discourage homeless people from congregating. (Staff file)

Re: “Between rocks and a hard place” (Matt Driscoll column, 6-9).

The boulders near the Tacoma Main Library represent a multi-layered issue that needs more dialogue on how we as a city care for all of our citizens.

How do we work towards making a safer city? How do we support the needs of businesses and create an environment for them to flourish while also supporting those in times of suffering and uncertainty - such as those with criminal backgrounds or those experiencing homelessness, mental illness or chemical dependency.

We as a city need to ask more questions as well as discern together through dialogue and community engagement our next steps forward.

There is a better way than boulders and fences to steward a more beautiful and welcoming Tacoma for all people. Be wary of them both because it just means that the harder work still needs to be done.

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