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Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Alicia Wilkinson

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Neighborhood Profile: McKinley/Eastside

Like many areas of Tacoma, the McKinley Hill/Eastside neighborhood is on the upswing after a period of urban decline in the 1960s and 70s. Bordered to the north by Interstate 5, Pacific Avenue to the west, and reaching as far south as 72nd street, the area encompasses nearly seven square miles. Construction of a streetcar line and close proximity to the termination of the Northern Pacific Railroad made the McKinley Hill area an attractive location at the turn of the century. Today, new generations are discovering the area’s charming historic houses and the neighborhood is undergoing significant revitalization. In 2010, it was named one of the best neighborhoods in the country to buy an old house in by This Old House and preservationdirectory.com.

Post Defiance spent a weekend enjoying the facets of this vibrant and interesting community. Check out highlights of the neighborhood below.

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About the Author

Alicia moved to Tacoma in 2007 by way of Southern California, Northern California, and mountainous Colorado. She enjoys music, Mexican food, taking pictures, reading, and her dogs. She lives dangerously close to the Red Hot. You can follow her on twitter @emsicisum.



One Response to Neighborhood Profile: McKinley/Eastside

  1. Rick Jones says:

    Very informative. I don’t know much about McKinley but now I have a much better sense of it. Really liked the photos (all good) with the detailed captions. Great job! Thanks.

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