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Ask adults, not kids, about rebranding the city | Letters

I read the May 3 article on rebranding Federal Way. A performing arts center will not change the image of Federal Way. You are asking high school kids to come up with ideas. Their only concerns are cellphones, social media, gaming and other tech-driven formats. They do not care about going downtown to a piano bar and enjoying others, listening to good music — and I don’t mean hip-hop rap crap — such as jazz, blues, ballroom dancing.

A performing arts center will only help the community of non-social gatherers, church groups, politicians and business leaders. The majority of people want to go to downtown areas for antique shopping, bakeries, specialty stores, boutiques, wine shops, etc., such as the Proctor District in Tacoma, or Kent Station and its newer downtown area, or Seattle.

I went to The Commons out of necessity, not want, and had to listen to gang kids, hip-hop kids swearing, getting in people’s way, being a nuisance, and the security guard did nothing to disperse the loitering. There is nothing for me to do, go to, or enjoy in Federal Way. I go elsewhere like Tacoma, Kent, Seattle, or areas that have the downtown image — even Gig Harbor has a quaint area to go and spend the day. You have no nightlife, no concert venues, gathering places for adults to go, hence why ask the kids?

I have to go outside the city for a good concert, then go out later to meet with others, maybe socialize, dance, or just be out. No, I have to drive 20 or 30 minutes out of my way.

Where do I go for dancing, pottery shops, antique shops, custom furniture etc.? Tacoma, Seattle, Kent, Kirkland, Issaquah. I know the impact of the environment, but even a well done area on Dash Point would be great as long as it does not interfere in the area. Give me kite shops, candy stores, hat shops, custom music instruments, a cafe bistro, a bakery, coffee shop, meeting place, candle store.

Try looking at Carmel in California — every day is busy and the weekends are packed. Local artistry sells, and sells big.

Douglas Brooks, Federal Way


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