From 2005 to 2009, I lived in Tacoma, WA. During this time, the city has evolved, mostly along the lines of standard gentrification — new restaurants, bars, and shopping — but the Great Recession has slowed the trend. Yet one thing has remained constant: Tacoma’s urban landscape is dotted with signs and murals which ooze character and bespeak the city’s retro-industrial heritage. Whereas these images used to seem like quaint reminders of the past, perhaps the slowing pace of development means it’s too soon to write them off as relics. On an uncharacteristically sunny day earlier this summer, I went out and captured a few of my favorites.
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Doyle’s is Tacoma’s surprisingly classy Irish pub. This mural is a reproduction of a famous poster.
Another source of Tacoma pride, Frisko Freeze, established in the ’50s, was recently deemed a historical landmark. They also have the greatest website of all time.
Perhaps Tacoma’s most infamous neon sign, anyone driving south on Interstate 5 gets a reminder about Jesus’s affection toward passing cars. Apparently, the sign used to read “Christ Loves You.” But the T was often burnt out and the sign instead read “Chris Loves You.”