While its true that many of the downtown projects presently under construction focus on commercial ventures (Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Rainier Pacific Bank, Marriott Courtyard Hotel), an equally large number of projects account for residences.
The Tacoma Economic Development Department reports that 714 residential units have been built and opened since 2000. There are currently 171 residential units under construction, and another 1,520 residential units currently in design or permitting stages.
That said, visitors will have the opportunity to tour many of Tacomas most popular new and renovated condominiums, townhomes and apartments this weekend during the 2004 Tour of Urban Living.
Prospective downtowners can check out the views and get a feel for Tacomas city living from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, theaters and the Link light rail will be open to provide the complete urban living experience.
With more than two dozen properties and more than 30 merchants participating, this free, self-guided tour aims to highlight the best that downtown Tacoma has to offer.
Official event sponsors for the Tour of Urban Living include the City of Tacoma, the Local Development Council, LandAmerica Commercial Services, Rushforth Construction, The News Tribune, featured properties and local merchants.
For more information about this event, including a map of the self-guided tour and list of participating properties, merchants and sponsors, visit http://www.downtowntacomaliving.info, or call the City of Tacoma at (253) 591-5208.