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Sep. 30, 2009 at 12:26pm

The Stanger chimes in on the Luzon

Jen Graves about T-Town

Jen Graves chimes in on how Tacoma managed to finish off what Paul Schell had left standing.

read here: Continuation of an Era


comments [6]  |  posted under Eric Anderson, Luzon, Tacoma, The Stranger


by Erik on 9/30/2009 @ 1:02pm
Great article. Thanks for posting the link.

In the 1980s, Paul Schell, before he was mayor of Seattle, ran a development company that tore down the eye teeth of downtown Tacoma—a row of 19th-century brick buildings along Pacific Avenue. The buildings were protected as a landmark, and the landmarks commission refused to give permission for the demolition, but it didn't matter. With the backing of the mayor, who had future-stars in his eyes, Schell got his way and razed the past.

Then, he built nothing.

The development fell apart. And central downtown Tacoma fell into even uglier disrepair than it had already been in. The space was, and is, a parking lot. (And this is reason #5,899 why Tacomans hate Seattle.)

Harsh but fair.

by thriceallamerican on 9/30/2009 @ 1:14pm
Finally, Luzon coverage in a periodical that's allowed to print the words "fuck you, Tacoma city government". It had to be said somewhere.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 1:19pm
I love the stranger.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2009 @ 9:38pm

tnt chimes in on stranger chiming in on Luzon

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/30/2009 @ 9:45pm
heh heh heh...

by Dave_L on 9/30/2009 @ 10:45pm
She said it well.
Jen for City Manager. Or Callaghan. Or both.

Still numb from Saturday.