Exit133 is about Tacoma

Why Seattle’s future depends on low-rise, older neighborhoods

Few people disagree with preserving individual historic structures, but what about hitoric districts? An argument has been made that preservation of historic districts freezes development; that redevelopment for density is better for urban vitality than preservation.

Not everyone agrees.

A recent study found that in cities like Seattle, the older neighborhoods have more new businesses and fewer chain stores, and are generally more active around the clock than new development neighborhoods. They identified variety in the built environment as a key factor in this vibrant urban fabric.

As we work on subarea plans and long-range goals for Tacoma's neighborhoods, is there anything we can learn from this conversation about larger cities around the country? Do we accept the premise that preservation of historic districts and transit-oriented density are inherently in opposition to one another?

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