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Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:28am

Old Town Dock Construction Underway

From @RobMcNairHuff on Twitter:

Work is underway to repair the Old Town Dock in the #Tacoma fog this morning

Check out his pic of the action! Great to see progress being made all over town. New hotel going up downtown, Sounder Pacific overpass done and trains about to start running, billboards coming down, and now this.

comments [6]  |  posted under construction, development, old town, tacoma

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by Jesse on 9/20/2012 @ 10:29am
When I moved to the area in 2006, I was astonished by all the jewels around town that were just being left to deteriorate.  Old Town Dock, Elks, Spanish Steps, OCH, the MM Bridge, Winthrop, Luzon, broken fountains, the downtown streets, etc. have come a long way since then - but progress is still too slow for my liking.  The state of these buildings and infrastructure items send a message to outsiders - they speak.  What do they say when they're all in desperate shape?

Glad to see one more jewel being polished up and respected like it should. Thanks for the update Kevin.

Something I noticed last night when I was using Google Maps was that the feature that gives you a street view is from 2007. No update yet. So if you want to "drive" around downtown Tacoma circa 2007, to see changes in this town, check it out. It was interesting!

(PS- I didn't remember what a difference the Broadway LID did. Wow! More stuff like that please!)

by KevinFreitas on 9/20/2012 @ 11:19am
Wow, that was when the Graffiti Garages were gray-washed by order of the City!



by Maria on 9/20/2012 @ 12:57pm
Isn't Chandler O'Leary doing some public art for the dock? I thought I saw something on one of the TAC agendas.

Preserving historic sites and interesting local features (when possible) is a good investment because people need landmarks to help define community spirit. Generic concrete and glass office buildings don't really do anything for the spirit, even though they may be efficient places of business. (Same with strip malls and most bureaucratic temples.)

Singular public structures like the dock have significant stories and help us have a sense of progress throughout a shared history. I think they're really important to preserve.



by KevinFreitas on 9/20/2012 @ 1:00pm
Though I'd always like more swift action on these kinds of things it's nice to also see that some places (RIP Luzon) aren't forgotten. Sometimes the long view is a completely reasonable one especially when budgets are concerned.

by fredo on 9/20/2012 @ 9:36pm
  "The state of these buildings and infrastructure items send a message to outsiders - they speak. What do they say when they're all in desperate shape?" jesse

What they say to me is that the prevailing wage model for city workers is a failed idea. We could have lots of stuff fixed if the price of the labor to fix it wasn't so high. We can have a society with no deferred maintenance but lower wage levels. Or we can have a society with high wage levels and lots of deferred maintenance. Unfortunately, we can't have high wages and no deferred maintenance IMO.

by Jesse on 9/21/2012 @ 7:33am
I agree fredo.  I am all for market level wages so the city can get the qualified help that they need but prevailing wage is always far above market wages and is a fantastic waste of money.

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