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Imagine Tacoma – Climbing the Hill #2
With word that the old escalade at the South 12th Street Hill-climb is soon to be demolished and with recent experience of the steepness of pedestrian routes at the core of downtown (East to West that is) along with the continued lament about the L-O-N-G super blocks along Pacific Avenue (no even numbered street going West if you haven’t noticed), imagine some additional connections to create a continuous walking route from the City/County Building down to the Thea Foss Waterway:
Tacoma Park (Tacoma to Court E): Remove the fencing for this half-block. With proper maintenance of the planting and with the recent installation of lighting, these silly little fencing rails need to go away (and if on a beautiful Friday lunchtime the gates are locked – what is the point of these pedestrian ‘exclosures’ in a pocket park?).
McCormick Park (Court E to Fawcett): Remove the interior fencing here as well. If the exterior fences are to remain due to security concerns (which I am sure is not an imagined concern) – then make it a proper high fence with large gates on each end of the route. London is full of these wonderful pocket parks that are only open during the day (watch ‘Notting Hill’ again to refresh your memory of the concept).
Beautify Fawcett: For the stretch South along Fawcett, improve the landscaping and lighting along the pedestrian route (the lighted and striped crosswalk is already there!) – some larger street trees along the existing suburban parking lots would be nice.
Public/Private Partnerships Connections (Fawcett to Court D, Court D to Market, Market to Court C): Work with property owners adjacent to additional connection routes to develop pedestrian routes along their building to connect down to Court C (somehow that City is able to do this with the Pacific Plaza Project – so why not at other connections as well).
Court C to Broadway to Commerce Hillclimb: This existing portion works pretty well – and to my knowledge it has the only open public convenience in Downtown.
Commerce to Pacific: New and improved coming soon.
To the Foss: Once down to Pacific Avenue – improve the connection at the Murray Morgan Bridge and South 15th Street. And what ever happened to the imaginative Brodsky/Utkin Trestle idea at South 12th Street?
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