I used to live in Tacoma a few years ago. Actually, let's say...13 years ago. The city of Tacoma 13 years ago was dirty, industrial and dangerous. You didn't drive down there. It was a place you had to go to, not wanted to.
I can't tell you how shocked I was when I saw how transformed it was. Public art displays, walking paths along the water, restaurants, museums, and a definite change in mood. It was beautiful. Even the train depot was a lovely thing.
I plan to go back again next year.