“How will we know it’s us without our past?” — John Steinbeck

Free Clean-up Day Saturday, August 11th

10am-1:45pm - - - - Jason Lee Middle School Parking Lot

Tacoma Public Utility (TPU) residential solid waste customers, who own or rent a single-family home or duplex in the NSHD, are invited to dispose of items that don’t fit in the garbage or recycle bins on Aug. 11th, at Jason Lee Middle School.

ID required: Bring driver’s license or recent TPU bill. Or, card City mailed to you.

BRING: electronics, lawn equipment (empty fluids first), tires, carpet, furniture, exercise equipment, metals, barbecues (no ashes or propane tanks), strollers, etc.
materials from a business, apartment building or construction site; vehicles of any kind, truck canopies, boats, trailers, riding mowers; animal carcasses; hazardous materials.

To volunteer, or request help transporting items, contact Geoff Corso at (206) 334-5202. Our helpers cannot pick up oversized or heavy items without help. Please use Call-2-Haul Call, (253) 573-2468, for things too heavy or cumbersome for two men to load or for information. Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul will likely be onsite to accept re-salable items.

Shredder for documents will also be provided.

Early People and Houses in NSHD Headline August 23rd Program

Join us on August 23rd at 7 PM,
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 No. J St.
Basement Meeting Room (Entrance on North 9th).

Coffee Hour at 6:30 pm, Program starts at 7:00 pm

We often think of historic districts in terms of their buildings, but it's also about the people who lived here. August’s program will feature a presentation by Marshall McClintock about two African American early residents of our neighborhood, John Conna and Silas Weber. In addition, he will talk about some interesting new finds about some of the district’s houses and streetscapes.

Marshall McClintock is NSHD’s ex-officio member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and is knowledgeable about its early residents and architecture. His presentations are always interesting, enlightening and amusing.

National Night Out August 7, 2018

National Night Out (NNO) started in 1984 as a way of getting neighbors to know each other, and look out for each other and each other’s property. Using phone and/or email lists, neighbors can pass on news of break-ins, vandalism, and other items of interest. And, getting together once a year or more to exchange family news, chat about prospective projects - just get acquainted - contributes to safety and cohesiveness in a neighborhood. That’s what NNO means: working together to help make a neighborhood more livable.

It’s easy to have National Night Out in your neighborhood:

  1. Just invite all the neighbors in your block - or do a larger area. Decide on what to eat (dessert is easiest) and where to have it. Most don’t bother closing off the street, but just use parking strips and yards.
  2. Do your own thing - eat, share contact info and talk about any problems you’d like to work on. Choose a chair or captain, and decide who will tackle what. And, who will do the work is what is tricky - it takes everyone to make a neighborhood work.
  3. Call Board Member Geoff Corso if you have questions: 206-334-5202.

Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, not-for-profit organizations, such as Tacoma’s Safe Streets (253-272-6824), and police departments. These events can be as simple as backyard barbecues or dessert social, or as large as full-blown festivals.

In NSHD the Board of Directors encourages individual block(s) to hold Block Watch gatherings because the purpose of NNO calls for getting acquainted with close neighbors so they can look after each other. So, get a Block Party together and get to know each other on Aug 7.

Tacoma's North Slope Historic District is a trapezoidal-shaped district bounded by North I Street to the north, Division Avenue to the east, and N Steele Street to the west. North Grant Avenue caps off the south end of the district. The North Slope has 1,285 resources and is one of the state's largest historic districts.

The District was settled primarily as a residential neighborhood and contains a wide variety of architectural styles including Stick Style, Queen Anne, Craftsman, American Foursquare,Tudor Revival, and Mission Revival. Within it you will find many churches, apartments, and a few business areas.

The neighborhood developed over time and it is common to find structures built structures built 20, 30 or even 50 years later.

There were three building booms within the district: 1888 to 1893, 1902 to 1915, and 1919 to 1929. Nearly 80 percent of the homes were built prior to 1930.

Tacoma's North Slope Historic District is a cohesive neighborhood that represents the social and economic history of Tacoma. The district represents a cross culture of individuals - both famous and ordinary - whose skills and talents played a role in the development and growth of the city. The early residents included professionals, trades people, business proprietors, railroad employees, and celebrities - all living in a close-knit neighborhood.

The district embodies the distinctive characteristics of residential development in Tacoma. Many of these dwellings represent the work of master craftsmen and architects. The period of significance for the district runs from 1881 to 1955. In 1955, the City of Tacoma changed zoning laws that allowed some of the neighborhood's older homes to be demolished and replaced by apartment buildings.

Residents of the North Slope Historic District are united by more than their affinity for old homes. The district's board is made up of residents who are dedicated to the betterment of our neighborhood. Board members discuss and take action on issues pertaining to safety, zoning, historic preservation and more. Each year the board plans a variety of educational and social activities for residents.