Previous to the construction of State Route 16, Sixth Avenue was a portion of the designated route through Tacoma to reach the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The historic business district of Sixth Avenue from approximately State to Alder remains one of the most active business districts in the city.
The Sixth Avenue Business District (S.A.B.D.) meets at 9:30am on the second Tuesday of every month at Crown Bar. The board members and officers are elected to two year terms, which are staggered to ensure continuity throughout the various election cycles. The current S.A.B.D. President is Christina Smyre, and some of the notable past Presidents include: Dan Smith, Bill Connolly, Christopher List, David Printz, Koreen Thompson, and Nick Fediay.
Sixth Avenue is home to some of Tacoma’s best known retailers and restaurants, a few of which have been featured on the Food Network.