Rick Talbert, the city councilman for District 4 on the Eastside and Tacoma’s deputy mayor, weighed in on the revival of McKinley:
It’s an interesting convergence of opportunity and timing. The neighborhood is experiencing an influx of new residence. Folks are moving to the area, and they’re younger and starting families. They’ve brought a new energy. That mixed with folks who have lived in the area with a while and created some excitement.
He credits neighborhood activism for cleaning up the area.
There had been serious problems with drug deals and general loitering at 34th and McKinley, and a neighborhood group formed around this issue. They said, ‘We’re not going to sit back and allow this to take over the neighborhood.’
It’s still a work in progress, he says:
It’s one step, but we have a long way to go. But they are committed to making it a safe, vibrant community where people can walk on the streets at night again.