Tacoma WA evolves from streetscaping to revitalizing an ethnic neighborhood

On August 20, 2015, residents of the Lincoln District in Tacoma, Washington got, in the words of one city staffer, a “full-court press” from their local government.

Considering how historically ignored and underserved the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Tacoma has felt over the years, it was the right play call. For too long Lincoln has been an afterthought.

The purpose of Thursday night’s open house at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department building was to explain and gather community engagement for what’s being called the Lincoln Revitalization Project.

The undertaking marks a new, holistic approach from city hall in how it addresses neighborhood upgrades, part of an effort to spread economic equity throughout the city.

What started as a streetscape project has evolved into examining the needs of the neighborhood and making it a destination,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

[Photo credit: movetotacoma.com]

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