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Prairie Line Trail: Here are some maps, photos and an artist’s rendering showing current conditions and at least one vision for the future

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 14, 2011 at 3:29 am with 4 Comments »
June 16, 2011 8:25 am

I write today about plans for the historic Prairie Line Trail and how some visions for downtown development get in the way (under the guise of helping).

Here are a few maps, renderings and photos that might help envision the site and what is currently planned.

This is a rendering done for the City of Tacoma by Olson Kundig Architects of what the trail might look like if it is located not on the railroad right of way but on the side of Hood Street next to the Tacoma Art Museum
Here is a City of Tacoma map showing the proposed alignment of the Prairie Line Trail. The UWT is at the upper left and the Foss Waterway at the lower edge.
This is my artsy cell phone picture of one of the rails running through the BNSF right of way with the United Way (Sprague) Building in the upper left hand
One more view looking northwest. The United Way's current parking lot is to the left
Same direction but taken closer to the corner of Hood and Pacific Avenue
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  1. Peter, thanks for sharing these. Until I’d read the column I’d never heard the history of this area. Fascinating stuff.

  2. Oh, SWELL, another fracking TRAIL!!!
    How about making it into what it’s supposed to be??? A STREET!!!
    A nifty little shortcut to avoid the mess on Pacific Avenue when that stupid Choo-choo comes down the street holding up TRAFFIC. Wonder why nobody shops downtown??? Here it is! Too much traffic, NO parking!

  3. Peter Callaghan says:


    Get in your car and drive around. Or better yet, park your car and walk around. There already is a street there – Hood Street – that runs from Pacific Avenue to 15th. It stays even under the city proposal. See that car in the top picture next to the bikes?
    What I write about here is the railroad right of way to the southwest of Hood Street. Nothing on it right now.

  4. Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to know so much about this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something. I feel that you simply can do with some p.c. to drive the message house a little bit, however other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

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