Public Access and Waterfront Redevelopment—Making it Happen

by Joseph A. Quilici, Tacoma Planning Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,
Bartlett Alford, Tacoma Planning Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,
Scott Pierson, Tacoma Planning Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,
Donna Stenger, Tacoma Planning Dep, Tacoma, WA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Once an abandoned, industrial wasteland and now a recreational showcase, the Ruston Way waterfront is one of Tacoma's premiere attractions. The successful revitalization is a result of planning, commitment, hard work and extensive public-private cooperation. The Ruston Way shoreline is unique in Tacoma because it is easily accessible and provides an opportunity for a waterfront experience close-to-home. To understand the significance of the revitalization of the Ruston Way shoreline, it is important to understand the difficulties and obstacles that had to be overcome in the process. The City of Tacoma developed innovative solutions for such issues as parking, financing and design continuity. The lessons learned are valuable to other cities faced with similar blighted waterfronts in need of rejuvenation.

Subject Headings: Public participation | Sea water | Coastal management | Shoreline | Urban areas | Waste management | Public private partnership | Industrial wastes | Water-based recreation | Washington | North America | United States | Tacoma

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