Thursday, May 25, 2006

More Feet Off the Street

Many of us celebrated the groundbreaking earlier this week for the $5.1 million remodeling project to downtown's Pantages Theater, which will expand and improve the lobby and other welcoming areas--what you might think of as the "front porch" of this landmark performing arts venue. Patrons of performances and other visitors will enjoy a great new gathering area with the intersections of 9th, Broadway, and St. Helens providing a sweeping vista through enlarged window spaces.

Erik recently shared with us that his close reading of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) reveals Jane Jacobs' emphasis on having many “eyes on the street”--encouraging people to move slowly, stop, talk, and “hang out”, among other things. He maintains that this intersection is the "100% corner" for downtown Tacoma--whether or not he's right about that, the Pantages renovation will be putting more eyes on the street, and that's a move in the right direction...

1 comment:

  1. I have not seen the exact proposal for the Pantages renovations.

    However, from what I understand, the lobby will be extended out to the pillers which is another 20 feet or so.

    Yes, I certainly believe that this will help the intersection of Broadway and 9th street as it will provide more eyes on that corner, the center of Tacoma. Assuming the lobby has ample windows anyway.

    Tullys in the Bostwick building across the street certainly helps. Now we could get some more positive effect from the other side of the street.