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Economic Development: An End in Itself?
"Money isn't the only factor in shaping a new Tacoma."
So says Peter Callaghan in a News Tribune article in which he takes on the hegemony of Economic Development in Tacoma.
Callaghan points to the dominance of Economic Development in recent Link route alternatives discussions. He looks at Tacoma's focus on art and museums, at the saving of the Murray Morgan Bridge, and the growth of UW Tacoma and the "Medical Mile," and asks whether the privileging of economic development above all else is a good thing.
Callaghan will be moderating the upcoming Re:Tacoma 2013 discussion series on transit-oriented development, attracting housing downtown, and how the arts contribute to a vibrant, livable community. Among the questions he may ask panelists on these topics is "whether these things are attractive in themselves or whether they are simply the latest economic development program."
On the other hand, if a city can successfully create these things, along with high quality schools, parks, and city services, will the economic development follow?
Chicken or egg? Building assets or economic development? Which comes first?
Read the full article from The News Tribune.
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