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Tacoma's Municipal Dock.
Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 22
There is at leastone city in. 'the
country that has as much sense
today as Berlin had a dozen years
' Tacoma has vbusted-the dock,
wharf and water front combine
wide open, and it is one city on
the Pacific coast that is making
money from it's wharves, instead
of paying tribute.
The usual plan is for the rail
roads to control the waterfront;
for them to charge outrageous
prices to everybody but them
selves for dockage, and for them
to maintain rickety, rat ridden
shacks. Tacomd was that way un
til she decided to build public
"It can't be done; you, will go
broke, a city has nonbusiness fool-
ing with that sort of thing," and
a lot more of the same sort arose s
from the interests that controlled
the waterfront, but Tacoma votedo,t
it's $400,000 public doqk. issue,-. ,
just the same.
After the first month the Ta-r;-coma
dock made a profit over op
erating expenses. w
And it kept on making a bigger .
profit each month.
For the eleven months of 1911 "
the dock was operated, it cost
$7,767.05 to run, and it took in
Tacoma has $125,000 left for a
big dock for deep water vessels.
The present dock is merely to.
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