Reflecting on 22 Years in Business: Part Five

Brian Forth

Celebrating the Grit in “Grit City”

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”  Abraham Lincoln

Being a witness to the transformation of a city is no small thing. Here at SiteCrafting, we can only take credit for being in the right place at the right time.

In the late 90s, Tacoma began a renaissance. It started with the History Museum and the establishment of the University of Washington Tacoma and flourished from there. 

The Tacoma we see today lived long ago in the minds of those who took the risk to stake a claim in it. I think of the early restaurants and pubs — The Swiss, The Harmon — who saw the possibilities of a revitalized Tacoma and set up shops. I think of our partners in Westroad Investments and Sprague Pest, who invested in the Dome District and built office spaces. I am reminded of the donors who continue to invest in the growth of our museums — the Children’s Museum, Art Museum, History Museum, Museum of Glass and most recently, America’s Car Museum. 

Though we have watched Tacoma change and grow drastically over the past few decades, one thing has remained sure and steady — the resilience of this city. 

It’s no accident that Tacoma is nicknamed “Grit City.” Through the decades, it has been a place filled with people who are tenacious, courageous and determined regardless of the circumstances. That’s why we’ve made it our home base here at SiteCrafting. We embrace all that it means to be in Tacoma: no fluff, no hype, just hard work and promises kept. 

Now, more than ever, we believe in this city and we trust in its enduring spirit because it’s made up of people, businesses, and organizations who hold firmly to the hope of growth and revitalization.

We will come out of this challenging season — grittier and more resilient than before.