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North Enders pick their priorities

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm with No Comments »
August 10, 2010 3:35 pm

Eager to accurately represent the wishes of their constituency, Tacoma’s North End Neighborhood Council members have spent the past few months asking residents what the city should focus on in their area.

In early May, they held their first North End Neighbors’ Conference at University of Puget Sound. The 75 folks who came noted their issues and discussed how to deal with them. Neighborhood Council members then circulated the issues for more input.

The final Top 10 list includes:

1. Support the new community garden at North 16th and Junett Streets.

2. Persuade city officials to give neighborhood councils control of one percent of the Public Works budget for right of way projects..

3. Remove off-street parking requirements in some neighborhood commercial zones.

4. Explore the possibility of building a North End community center.

5. Try to get street cars in the North End.

6. Get flashing crosswalk lights on Proctor Street near Mason Middle School.

7. Replace street lights on arterials.

8. Expand and highlight North End historic districts, including the Wedge Neighborhood.

9. Work for buried power lines.

10. Fund a stage for Old Town Park.

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