On Friday, July 24, 2015, a good news article appeared in The Suburban Times titled Legislative Session Successful For Lakewood. Under the sub-heading JBLM Corridor, I found miracle news which read as follows:
- “A local connector road between Gravelly Lake Drive and Thorne Lane, essentially opening up the Tillicum neighborhood to the rest of Lakewood for the first time.”
New road connects family.
I will be the first to recognize that with any proposal, improvement or suggested change, there will always be pros and cons. Free speech allows for expression of both pros and cons.
None-the-less, I would hope the majority of Tillicum residents would look for a fair and balanced view towards Lakewood’s efforts.
In this particular situation our City of Lakewood and our Washington State Legislature have both made the impossible possible for Tillicum. For the first time in history dating back to when Tillicum was established, Tillicum will be physically connected to Lakewood. Tillicum will no longer be a separate island cut off from the city.
While I cannot begin to list all the benefits, I see advantages such as:
- Boon to Tillicum business owners.
- Easier transportation route giving Tillicum residents the option of avoiding I-5.
- Easier and safer pedestrian and bicycle route.
- And most importantly, a stronger feeling of connection and belonging between our Tillicum neighborhood and The City of Lakewood.
In the Chinook language, one of the meanings for Tillicum is family.
Thank you City of Lakewood for what you do for all of us. And Tillicum, once again, welcome to our City of Lakewood family.