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With the news this week that a bevy (gaggle?) of the Tacoma City Council were flying to DC in hopes of lobbying for Federal Funds from the incoming Obama Administration, it does get one thinking about what local public infrastructure priorities would be most appropriate to be recipients of our increased National Debt?
Murray Morgan Bridge, et al:
Repair and restore this connection and the other important bridge connections throughout the City and the Port of Tacoma.
When Sound Transit was originally floated before voters in 1996, it was on the premise that the commuter rail portion of the system would use and upgrade existing rail lines. That premise was changed once the engineering was applied to the Sounder Connection through the Dome District to Lakewood and now a new rail line is being designed (boldly going where railroad tycoons of the 19th Century dared not or failed to tread). To comply with the City of Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, this new connection is required to be designed appropriate to the urban context and be specifically designed to foster economic development for the properties adjoining the rail right-of-way. What better place to invest public funds then to assure that this rail line connection is a 100-year solution that can strengthen the urban connection of the Dome District to the Downtown Core (and not divide it)?
Central Wastewater Treatment Plant:
Does it not scare the ‘crap’ out of everyone that the City of Tacoma declared a State of Emergency last week because of concern that flooding was going to compromise the City’s Central Wastewater Treatment Plant? Seems we need an upgrade to this facility as an incredibly higher priority than building a platinum LEED research facility to study ways to reduce urban pollution.
Complete streets – curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm water system, buried utilities – for ALL of Tacoma. Start construction simultaneously Downtown and the Mixed-use Centers, working down the major arterials and then to all of the streets in Tacoma.
So what are your infrastructure ‘blank check’ priorities for Tacoma?
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