Tacoma was once considered Seattle’s poorer southern cousin, and its heavy industry often led to jokes about “the Tacoma aroma.” Since the formation of the metroplex, however, Tacoma has seen considerable technological and economic development, while preserving its charming, turn-of the-century downtown area. Visitors can see the district’s busy docks and new corporate business centers, but the main attraction is its downtown and various shopping centers, including the Tacoma Mall and Villa Plaza. If you are arriving in the metroplex via bullet train, you will disembark at Charles Royer Station and can easily plan to spend an afternoon exploring Tacoma before you move on to other destinations in Seattle. Likewise, you can catch the train south to San Francisco, or an air-taxi ride to SeaTac Airport or other points in the metroplex. Visitors interested in history can enjoy the district’s downtown area, and may want to visit the Crying Wall, a monument to metahuman victims of the infamous Night of Rage, created by ork and dwarf sculptors.