Walker Macy is leading the public realm design for a 23-block area in this culturally diverse neighborhood along the expansion of Sound Transit’s Tacoma LINK light rail. This expansion represents an important new amenity to Tacoma’s Stadium District and Hilltop neighborhood. Walker Macy’s role is to establish the community benefit through inclusive, thoughtful community-driven public realm design. The design responds to the unique characteristics of the Hilltop area, including its mix of residential, commercial, and institutional uses. Working with a large stakeholder group in this historically African American, working-class neighborhood, Walker Macy introduced design approaches that embraced inclusive economic growth, culturally-specific design and programming, accessibility, and authenticity. This project has grown to include a festival street in the area, engagement with adjacent affordable housing projects, and imminently, documentation and implementation of the public realm improvements.