In the end, Tacoma’s City Council formally selected the same downtown-to-Hilltop route for its preferred choice to extend the city’s Link light rail system that it tentatively picked last week.
But the council’s action Tuesday hardly resembled an exercise in rubber-stamping.
It came only after heart-felt testimony offered by about 20 Tacoma residents and a failed amendment at compromise floated by East Side Councilman Marty Campbell.
“This is the one resolution that unites us, it doesn’t divide us,” Campbell said in proposing the measure. “It doesn’t pit communities against each other.”
The amendment, which …