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History of TacomaOver the years, as an urban developed, University of Washington Tacoma, has served as a vehicle for downtown Tacoma’s renewal. As a land developed, UW Tacoma has contributed to the changing physical, economic, and social dynamics of inner-city Tacoma. The university has revitalized an obsolete warehouse district, creating a new downtown Tacoma.UW Tacoma has contributed to the historic preservation of Tacoma’s historic warehouse district. In 1990, the university acquired land in Tacoma downtown, in specific Tacoma’s warehouse district. The 46-acre acquired site at downtown Tacoma, comprised of older warehouses and vacant land (Perry & Wiewel, 2015). Surrounding land uses in this area included warehouse district, low-income neighborhood, and industrial port district. UW Tacoma, through rehabilitation and renovation of the warehouses, has contributed to the large-scale historic preservation of Tacoma’s historic buildings (Perry & Wiewel, 2015). UW Tacoma, as a developer, maintained the unified character of the old warehouses, which were built between 1890 and 1903. Irrespective of the practical design challenges, including an active rail line, curved roads, irregularly shaped buildings, and service corridor requirements, UW Tacoma overcome these challenges to preserve the visual harmony of the historic warehouse district.While rehabilitating and renovating the warehouses to house the classrooms and offices, the university preserved the exteriors of these warehouses and modified the interiors to house classrooms and offices (Perry & Wiewel, 2015). For example the Garretson Woodruff Pratt warehouse build in 1890 houses classrooms and faculty offices, West Coast Grocery warehouse build in 1891 houses classrooms, faculty offices, convenience store and student launch Birmingham Block warehouse build in 1893 houses interactive distance-learning facilities, Snoqualmie Falls Power Company Transformer House build in 1902 houses UW Tacoma Library and Birmingham Hay and Seed warehouse build in 1903 houses high-tech “smart” classrooms and student computer kiosks (University of Washington Tacoma, n.d.).UW Tacoma has contributed to downtown Tacoma’s economic renewal. UW Tacoma has been a powerful center of consumption threshold, stretching over a large region and stimulating adjacent developments. UW Tacoma has been a catalyst for continued development in downtown Tacoma even though it was not the first element of the renaissance of the Tacoma warehouse district (Perry & Wiewel, 2015). However, the opening of the university in 1997 catalyzed adjacent developments, including a new art museum, major housing developments offering apartments, condominiums, and townhouses, and new arts high school. Thus, the establishment of UW Tacoma changed attitude regarding downtown Tacoma and influenced investments in this area, contributing to downtown Tacoma’s economic growth (Perry & Wiewel, 2015).The inner-city location of the university was important to the revitalization of the city center.  UW Tacoma has contributed to the re-urbanization of Tacoma’s inner city. The warehouse stock, to be specific, along Pacific Avenue, facilitates several uses and educational facility mix with commercial, retail, and service functions. For instance, the university buildings house taverns, restaurants, bookstores, and other related retail outlets.In conclusion, UW Tacoma has a developed has considerably contributed to downtown Tacoma’s economic and social growth over the years. The university has contributed to historical preservation, catalyzed retail activity in the inner city, steered investments in adjacent developments, and brought about a mix of uses and users in downtown Tacoma.ReferencesPerry, D. C., & Wiewel, W. (2015).The University as Urban Developer: Case Studies and Analysis: Case Studies and Analysis. Routledge. pp. 80-96University of Washington Tacoma. (n.d.). UW Tacoma Campus Construction History. Retrieved from https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/sites/default/files/campus_construction_history.pdf

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