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Tag: David Rowlands

Aug.
31st

Tacoma: David Rowlands, City Manager during Tacoma’s tumultuous ’60s, dead at 97

For 13 years as city manager, David Rowlands helped lead Tacoma to national prominence amid an “Urban Renewal” movement aimed to revitalize decaying inner-cities across America.

He landed millions in federal grant dollars to launch a municipal bus system, develop sewage treatment plants and build two downtown parking garages in the 1960s.

He also tore down dozens of buildings, saw Weyerhaeuser leave Tacoma and eventually supported a new mall that gutted the downtown retail core.

“It was a heady time for Tacoma, and Dave was right at the center of it,” said former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, a longtime friend

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