The Downtown Seattle Association is your advocate for an economically competitive downtown, a vibrant urban experience, and dependable, effective transportation to and through downtown.
Celebrating Sixty Years
For 60 years, the Downtown Seattle Association has been a constant voice in shaping a healthy, vibrant downtown. Because we believe when downtown thrives, the whole city flourishes.
Today, we are focused on three key priorities: ensuring economic vitality and competitiveness, enhancing downtown’s public realm, and improving transportation and access in the center city.
Over the past year, with the help of our members, ratepayers and partners, we’ve made significant progress in all of these areas. We successfully fought the City’s ill-conceived jobs tax and moved forward with plans to transform Third Avenue, as well as the Pike-Pine corridor. We’ve achieved a 10-year goal of lowering downtown drive-alone commutes to less than 30 percent. And we’ve advocated for more downtown light rail stations with Sound Transit’s expansion. We’ve continued efforts to enhance downtown parks and public spaces and activated them with free music, art, classes, food trucks and daily staffing provided by our ambassadors.
Whether you’re an existing DSA member, a MID ratepayer, a partner, or a prospective member, we invite you to read our annual report, learn more about our efforts and join us as we continue our 60-year legacy.
Jon Scholes President & CEO
2017 Key Statistics
DSA event attendees
Public and private investment committed to downtown through DSA-led or DSA-related efforts
Commuters received transit benefits as a result of Commute Seattle’s efforts
Stewarding a clean, safe and welcoming downtown for everyone
Ambassadors Keep Downtown Safe, Clean and Inviting
Gallons of trash collected
Graffiti tags removed
People offered directions or information
A Clean Team ambassador uses a specialized gum vacuum purchased in May.
28 people connected with permanent housing
56 people connected with job training
146 people connected with case-management services
Enhancing Urban Parks and Public Spaces
Food truck appearances
Hours of live music
Statistics compiled from July 2017 to June 2018 in Westlake Park and Occidental Square.
Playful Improvements Come to McGraw and Westlake Squares
In May 2018, DSA unveiled a variety of enhancements to historic McGraw Square and nearby Westlake Square, adding:
New Look, New Use for Third and Pine
In January 2018, DSA opened Pine Street Plaza at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street. This new space in the heart of downtown now includes:
2018 Brings Quick Wins, Development of Long-term Vision for Third Avenue
DSA-led efforts are already making real-world improvements to this busy corridor while we shape a vision for one of America’s great streets.
Launched the Third Avenue Task Force and engaged a range of downtown stakeholders and agency partners to shape the long-term vision
Retained a design firm to lead the visioning process
Created a “Quick-Wins” task force to make immediate progress on the physical environment, including:
Fixing broken transit screens
Filling dangerous tree-pits with rubberized filling to improve walkability, safety and cleanliness
Repairing or removing non-functional streetscape elements, including newspaper boxes and phone booths
Removing an unused bus supervisor kiosk in front of the post office
Cleaning by ambassadors using the All Terrain Litter Vacuum and Green Machines
Moving more people to and through downtown quickly and safely using safe, reliable and efficient transportation options
Achieved 10-year goal of lowering downtown drive-alone commutes to less than 30 percent
Helped drivers take advantage of reduced rates in participating garages
Advocated for more downtown light rail stations in Sound Transit 3 package
Worked with City of Seattle to install bike lanes on Pike and Pine streets for safe, fast transportation on two wheels
Completed a coordinated near-term action plan with investments to help us through the period of maximum constraint
Launched an inter-agency 20-year transportation and public realm vision for downtown called Imagine Downtown
Guided plan for new streetcar connections with five new stations downtown
Supporting strategies that encourage job growth and enable more people to live and work in the center city
Spearheaded the Pike Pine Renaissance to leverage $40M in public and private funding for an improved pedestrian thoroughfare from Capitol Hill to the Pike Place Market
Successfully repealed Seattle’s tax on jobs
Engaged, interviewed and evaluated dozens of candidates for local public office, including Mayor and City Council
Helped secure an upzone of downtown and South Lake Union
Supported the successful passage of the Washington State Convention Center Addition plan at City Council
Produced original social media campaign promoting members and ratepayers
Rendering: LMN Architects
DSA is a nonprofit membership organization focused on making downtown Seattle a great place to live, work, shop and play through public policy advocacy, economic development, marketing, urban planning and public realm stewardship. With funding from Metropolitan Improvement District ratepayers, we employ more than 120 ambassadors who provide cleaning, safety, concierge and outreach services throughout downtown.
DSA envisions downtown Seattle as everybody’s neighborhood – a global and growing 24/7 center for business, residents and visitors that is vibrant, welcoming, clean and safe. One that is easy to get to and through,and is the region’s center of innovation and culture. Downtown is a collection of 12 unique neighborhoods – each maintaining its own authentic character, leadership and sense of community. Together, they create an active and diverse urban environment with something for everyone.