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Sep. 22, 2009 at 7:54am

Letter Template Tuesday: Dock Street and the Luzon

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Most of us don't have time to spare to sit at city study sessions or city council meetings but we can still act. You can email the mayor and city council at any time and submit your opinion into the public record on any topic just as if you were there in person being recorded on TV Tacoma. I've provided the templates below to help express your concerns regarding the issues of the closure of the Dock Street extension under 705 and the demolition of the Luzon building.

Make sure you sign the emails with your name and address and feel free to modify them to add your personal perspective. Happy getting involved!

Send email or copy and paste from below

Mayor Baarsma and City Council members:

I'd like to submit into the public record my disappointment in the decision to allow the historic Luzon building to be demolished. The money spent tearing the building down would better serve Tacoma and our heritage as a whole by using it to help shore up the ailing structure. Though safety is indeed a concern the recent study by Swenson Say Faget shows no immediate danger of collapse.

Once the first crane tears into the Luzon there's no going back.

Please consider a stay of execution for the Luzon, avoid compromising our history, and do whatever it takes to help retain an amazing piece of our local architectural history.



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Mayor Baarsma and City Council members:

I'd like to submit into the public record my disappointment in the decision to allow the Dock Street extension under I-705 to be permanently closed. The path between the Dome District and businesses, parks, museums, and residences along the waterfront is a vital link to more easily move folks to and from this area and is already confusing enough for locals and visitors alike. It also makes an ideal bypass of Pacific Ave. downtown for cyclists and pedestrians who prefer to avoid more dangerous intersections and swaths of cars parked along the street. If mobility is the concern and gaining access to the old Prairie Line for a green path is the trade off I submit that BNSF has been granted the "win" hands down in this situation. There's no reasonable use to them for the Prairie Line anymore while they only stand to gain by closing off vehicle, pedestrian, and cycle traffic on the Dock Street extension. Safety at the rail crossing is of little concern as it's clearly marked and flooding has become rare and only occurs in the most torrential of weather events.

We need more paths connecting downtown to our waterfront not less.

This is a mistake that Tacoma should not compromise on and I ask that the City Council please re-examine this decision with my concerns above and by polling the concerns of especially those constituents in the area immediately surrounding this closure.



comments [5]  |  posted under city council, government, involvement, public participation, tacoma


by morgan on 9/22/2009 @ 9:19am
Nicely done. Thanks Kevin!

by Nick on 9/22/2009 @ 10:16am
I agree! I for one will be making use of them!

by Erik on 9/22/2009 @ 10:20am
It is difficult to get to the Foss Waterway. Hard to believe they would close off this road from the middle of downtown to the waterfront.

Would the closure cut off the road for pedestrians as well? I walk on this pathway nearly every other day.

by KevinFreitas on 9/22/2009 @ 10:38am
Make sure to use the "Share via" option above to help spread the word about how easy it is for people to sound off to the city council on these issues!

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/22/2009 @ 7:30pm
The Luzon really bothers me because not only is it historic, we all know (given the economy and T-Town's track record) that the land will be a parking lot for another 30 or so years.

Dock street, as long as we get the Prairie line greenway (as promised), I'm ok with.


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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