Emerald City Blue
Tacoma’s docks and heavy industry are the main reason for the jokes about the “Tacoma aroma.” The district has busy docks, corporate business centers, and a “charming” turn-of-the-century downtown area with various shopping centers. Tacoma’s economic prosperity has been in a long, slow decline since the late 2050s. The Nicaragua Canal has diverted shipping from the area, and corporations have found greener pastures, leaving some newly minted office parks largely vacant (except for whatever squatters have moved in). The district focuses on pouring money and effort into keeping that “charming” downtown area charming for the tourists, while trouble brews in the more industrialized parts of Tacoma.