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Jan. 31, 2008 at 10:39am

Dock Street Fence Reality Check

All the new newness along Dock Street is looking good. So far I only question on decision made down there. The new fence along the train tracks:

I'm sure it's there for safety and private rail line property reasons -- this I have zero problem with. My question comes from the solid inserts that give it that green color. No the color itself doesn't bother me either nor is it blocking any view (except that of our industrial and rail heritage -- but I digress). It's that it basically presents a quarter-mile long surface for tagging that a regular chain link without those slats would not.

Since the area wants to put its best face forward for Tall Ships this summer I only hope no tagger will take the City up on their offer of a new canvas. But given the easy, easy drive-up access and relative lack of activity along Dock Street at night it's bound to happen. It would be nice to see some foliage planted (bamboo perhaps?) in front of the fence to limit the tagging appeal there. Either that or just remove the green slats all together.

Whether anything is done or not, I hope I'm wrong.

comments [11]  |  posted under barrier, dock street, graffiti, tacoma, tagging, train tracks


by Jake on 1/31/2008 @ 10:58am
Looks like there are some stubs for new light poles. Hopefully they can take down the power lines. You would think with all the work they did they would have put the lines underground.

I also wish BNSF would step up and do some beautification to our waterfront. We have muddy pits and burnt out buildings on Ruston Way.

by Erik on 1/31/2008 @ 1:08pm
Dock street is certainly where some good investment is going in. Now if we can just add some buiildings to have humans liven up the place.

Aside from Tall Ships, it going to be a nice looking drive through dead zone for awile longer with the Foss delays.

by Nick K. on 1/31/2008 @ 4:29pm
Damn! The only reason I venture onto Dock Street is to watch and photograph trains. I could do with the simple chain link fence that existed but this just requires me to stand on top of my car to take a picture now!

by KevinFreitas on 1/31/2008 @ 4:54pm
Hadn't thought of that Nick. Well, do be careful up on top of your car. It'd be cool if they'd build little photo holes in the fence for enthusiasts like you.

Do you often shoot from any of the nearby overhead vantage points (e.g. 15th St, Murray Morgan, or Dock St. near Schuster)?

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 5:34pm
Here's another perspective of the area:

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 5:35pm

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 5:36pm
Being able to edit posts again would be a good addition.

by Jake on 2/2/2008 @ 5:37pm
and let us know how to link, embed, etc...

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 6:03pm

by Erik on 2/2/2008 @ 6:03pm

by KevinFreitas on 2/2/2008 @ 11:02pm
Yes, you can edit posts in the discussion area but I haven't added that into the blog. I'll definitely make it happen. Images and links will work but I'm not 100% sure about embedding within the comments. We shall see...


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


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