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Weekend editorials: Extend Sounder, but do it right

Post by David Seago on Nov. 30, 2007 at 11:51 am with No Comments »
November 30, 2007 11:51 am


Habitat for Humanity’s approach to cleaning up a distressed neighborhood in Federal Way is not its usual one-house-at-a-time approach, but it will truly make a difference.


Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter rail service must be extended from Tacoma to South Tacoma and Lakewood. But Sound Transit must do it right, paying close attention to the best principles of urban design to minimize the impact of a heavy-rail line cutting through the Dome District west of Freighthouse Square.

Pierce County, long a laggard in growth management, moved to the forefront last week when the County Council approved an innovative transfer-of-development rights program. It may be the most significant land-use action the county has taken since the adoption of its first comprehensive land-use plan.


We take note of the way the Boys & Girls Club is partnering with the community in developing new facilities in Gig Harbor and Puyallup.

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