Storefront Seattle on First Thursday!
An exciting effort is underway in Pioneer Square, Seattle to highlight and keep alive a
struggling historic district. It could be a great model for other cities, including Shoreline which
also has a lot of storefronts that need something to fill them.
The Seattle PI online blog has the story -
Don Blakeney is spokesperson.
Storefronts Seattle is a community-driven effort to help revitalize Seattle’s historic
Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods by bringing vibrancy, activity, and light to otherwise vacant spaces and sparsely populated streetscapes. The program started in early 2010, when members of both neighborhoods sought solutions for the growing number of vacant storefronts in the area, which contribute to a lack of foot traffic, public safety issues, and less incentive for community engagement....
Storefronts Seattle is part of a national wave of community-driven collaboration between businesses and artists to activate empty spaces and renew public activity in neighborhoods. Similar programs are taking place in San Francisco, Portland, New Yorkand Tacoma, WA.
•The Alliance for Pioneer Square
•City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development
•City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
•Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area
•Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority