Explore the varied facets of the “City of Destiny” by learning how Tacoma is balancing development with historic preservation to best connect people to its unique identity. After national railroad connections were completed in 1883, marine trade and industry created a town booming with commerce. Tacoma has experienced several bursts of growth and decline on its way to becoming Washington’s third-largest city.
A vacancy-to-vitality mind-set, led by the University of Washington–Tacoma, suggests a path for the city’s future. A collective arts community celebrates the city’s gritty roots by reclaiming underused spaces, renovating existing cultural landmarks, and constructing arts venues that integrate into the urban landscape in uncommon ways. Funded expansion of light rail will help channel growth and support development. Similarly, craft breweries have created a pedestrian-friendly niche that has contributed to revitalization throughout the downtown core. Visit Point Defiance Park, one of the largest in-city parks in the United States, highlighting an innovative approach to regional stormwater management.
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