Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday's edition of The News Tribune ran our oped on the need for an "entertainment district" approach to managing conflicting uses in the Theater District (particularly the Lower Pacific blocks once known as "Whiskey Row").
Local property owners, business managers and residents are being invited to a meeting later this month to examine how a collaborative effort--based upon guidelines established by the Responsible Hospitality Institute--might lead to lessened friction between the different uses operating there. RHI's guidelines define "best practices" to help local groups assess and address current and future issues, resources, gaps and trends related to dining, entertainment and special events. Ultimately, the effort can help develop new regulations that can help diverse uses successfully co-exist.
If it's successful, this process can be more effective than the "top down" approach currently being pursued in Seattle. We're Tacoma--we can do better!