This station - the current end of the line - allows access to numerous
resources in the area. A block up the hill is the Antique Row district, a
collection of antique stores in historic buildings. One of the buildings served
as a set for the movie
I Love You to Death. Across the street is the Pantages Theater. This was an old vaudeville
theater that was converted to a movie house in the 1930's. Then, in the early
1980's the theater was restored to its former glory. A few years ago the Tacoma
Actors Guild, now closed, also built a theater next door.
Just up the hill is the Tacoma City Hall. About a block
away is the Old City Hall, now shops and used to film the movie
Fugitives. Across Pacific is Fireman's Park, home of the world's largest
totem pole. The park also provides an excellent view of the Murray Morgan Bridge and the Port of Tacoma. Just down the street you can make numerous bus
connections within the city and the county.
Union Station this station allows
access to many artistic events in the city. With bus connections just across
the street, one could get to the Link via bus or transfer from a bus to the
Link here. Riders could take Link to shop at Antique Row or to attend a play.
Also, this station allows access to shops and employers on Pacific Avenue.
This has always been a cool area of Tacoma. And like many other
parts of Tacoma, it has been cleaned up in recent years. The Pantages always
has been a beautiful theater and with the remodeling, it is even more so. New
shops are replacing empty storefronts, in many cases empty storefronts for
stores that moved to the mall years ago.