705 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Working waterfronts in America are boundaries and intersections as well as destinations. Originally they were places of communion and commerce among settlers and native peoples. They later gave rise to small shops then to mighty industries that extracted natural resources that were refined, milled, and shaped into products that lifted a nation to economic strength. Hustle, bustle, and transformation are the character traits of the working waterfront. Metals are turned into automobiles and ships; forest and fiber products are refashioned into lumber and textiles. Today working waterfronts are places where people meet, exchange ideas, goods, services and cultural mores.