Rows of well-groomed houses, apartments with balcony gardens, community spaces, parks and a health clinic — all within walking distance of each other and right next to a 290-acre greenspace. Children play together in the streets, and romp through nearby Swan Creek Park.

This is New Salishan.

“It’s kind of like a giant playground,” said Andrea Cobb, program director for the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), the nonprofit organization that helped create the development.

Born out of military housing and remodeled into an award-winning neighborhood in 2001, New Salishan (pronounced “Shalishan” by locals) is home to 1,350 mixed-income households.

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