As It Grows, Preserving Tacoma's Soul

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In an interview on NPR-affiliate KNKX, Dr. Ali Modarres calls on Tacoma to overcome the negative impacts of growth that have affected other West Coast cities.

National Public Radio affiliate KNKX began broadcasting from its new downtown Tacoma studios earlier this month. For years the station operated as KPLU on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland.

Coming with the location change are more Tacoma-based stories. UW Tacoma Urban Studies Director Dr. Ali Modarres helped kick off KNKX’s coverage of the city. Modarres took a walking tour of the area around the Tacoma Dome with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. The two talked about the growth-based changes taking place in Tacoma and what can be done to ensure longtime residents aren’t displaced.

“We typically plan for people who are not here," said Modarres. "People who have not been part of it and therefore there is this imagination of who will be living here and those are the people for whom we build,” said Modarres. “The problem is that in the process, we go through displacement, particularly the issue of equity and justice gets forgotten.”

Listen to the full interview: “Rethinking growth, as Tacoma sees big changes.”

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / September 12, 2019
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or