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A look at the Tacoma neighborhood where shooting happened

October 22, 2021 GMT
A Tacoma police officer takes a call near the scene of a shooting in Tacoma, Wash. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Four people were killed in a shooting in Tacoma on Thursday afternoon, police said. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)
A Tacoma police officer takes a call near the scene of a shooting in Tacoma, Wash. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Four people were killed in a shooting in Tacoma on Thursday afternoon, police said. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)
A Tacoma police officer takes a call near the scene of a shooting in Tacoma, Wash. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Four people were killed in a shooting in Tacoma on Thursday afternoon, police said. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)

The neighborhood in Tacoma, Washington, where four people were fatally shot Thursday is a housing development with a long history that goes back to World War II.

The News Tribune reports the Salishan neighborhood, called New Salishan, is bordered by Portland Avenue to the west, East 51st Street to the south, East Roosevelt Avenue to the east and East 38th Street to the north.

New Salishan is a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood of affordable and market-rate rental units, single-family homes for sale, commercial buildings and parks.

The neighborhood underwent a major redevelopment by the Tacoma Housing Authority, which took three phases, $300 million and 15 years to complete.

The development consists of nearly 200 urban acres and more than 1,300 dwelling units.

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The origin of Salishan is closely linked with the attack on Pearl Harbor. The federal government built Salishan to provide temporary housing for war workers.

After the war, the federal government gave most of Salishan to THA to own and manage as a public housing community.

“Its reputation, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, became quite unsavory,” according to Tacoma Housing Authority’s website.

“In response, THA, the City of Tacoma, and most the residents took effective action.

By the late 1990s Salishan’s crime rate had fallen to what other city neighborhoods were experiencing.