By David Anderson, Tillicum
Google ‘Tillicum’ on the TNT site and gag at the headlines you’ll find.
- Funds found for once-dead Camp Murray gate relocation
- WSDOT seeks input on rerouting passenger trains
Along with Santa Claus soon coming to town, it looks like traffic and trains will follow. Evidently the Big Guy knew when we were sleeping.
Back on April 27, 2009, the Lakewood City Council voted to hire a contractor to bring sewers to Tillicum. The next day City Councilman Walter Neary enthused on his blog, “This will be huge. It will create an atmosphere where we can get things like newer housing and hotels and restaurants.”
Evidently not a reference to Tillicum.
A rchitects had concurrently with the sewers created a Tillicum plan that, again wrote Neary, “envisioned a vibrant, lovely, thriving area.” The children in “Night Before Christmas” had visions too, “of sugar plums dancing in their heads.” But “the clatter” that woke father was not what will be awakening us. “A miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer”? Dream on. Try 1,000 cars/day if Camp Murray gets its way, and 14 high speed Amtrak trains if Cascades Rail gets theirs.
Shopping in the mall near Christmas one year I saw a teenager whose t-shirt read, “I want it all!” Camp Murray and Amtrak want it all too. They both already have access to where they want to go. They just want ours too.
Well, “Merry Christmas” everyone.
Sorry if that sounds hollow.