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Tag: Hilltop

April
27th

A good choice for Tacoma Link light-rail extension

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

There wasn’t an obvious “best” among the options for extending Link light rail further into Tacoma. But the City Council has tentatively chosen a very good one: the “E-1 North Downtown Central Corridor.”

Now all the city needs is to formally vote for it, get approval for its recommendation from the Sound Transit board, win a $50 million federal grant and find another $50 million or so from some other unidentified source.

In other words, this proposed Link project – essentially a consolation prize for not getting a light rail extension from King County – has a lot of hurdles to overcome before it becomes reality. It hasn’t even completely won over the council members, some of whom prefer a route that would serve low-income East Side neighborhoods and provide service near an expanded Emerald Queen Casino. Read more »

March
26th

Boe’s light rail option deserves a (quick) look

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

The Tacoma City Council has complicated an already complex decision on light rail in Tacoma. That’s OK – as long as it doesn’t also derail the decision.

Some background:

The regional transit package Puget Sound voters approved in 2008 didn’t give Pierce County a rail connection to Sea-Tac Airport and beyond. But the county did get a consolation prize: a promise to expand Tacoma Link, the small electric rail line that already runs from the Tacoma Dome north through downtown Tacoma.

The Sound Transit board is now poised to make good on

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Nov.
29th

With justifiable pride, Tacoma’s Hilltop reclaims its name

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

As a PR strategy, trying to recast Tacoma’s Hilltop as “Upper Tacoma” wasn’t really a bad idea, given the area’s notoriety linked to crime and gangs.

But the name just didn’t catch on much outside of the Upper Tacoma Business Association. The community still called the area Hilltop – almost as a point of pride.

And why shouldn’t they be proud of that name? They formed the Hilltop Action Coalition and worked hard, partnering with the city and police, to turn the community around. One of Tacoma’s most notable arts organizations is the Hilltop Artists, a private, nonprofit glass art program at Jason Lee Middle School.
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Sep.
27th

Hilltop shootout shocked city into action

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

An open-air drug market, frustrated neighbors and a police department that appeared to be beating a retreat: Something was bound to happen in Tacoma’s Hilltop in September 1989.

Happen, it did. As The News Tribune’s Sean Robinson recounted in Sunday’s paper, a firefight between off-duty Army Rangers and gangsters erupted, spraying 300 bullets across the neighborhood but miraculously killing no one.
The shooting was over in 10 minutes; the ramifications played out for years.

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