Downtown Download

Join us for this new bimonthly afternoon meeting series where we take a deeper look at the initiatives and issues shaping downtown. Each meeting will feature an in-depth presentation on one or two major topics related to DSA’s strategic priorities: transportation and access, economic development and the urban experience. Discussions will be led by DSA Board members, external experts or DSA partners. Specific topics will be promoted prior to each session.


2020 Transportation Look Ahead


Thursday, Jan. 23

  • Networking / 3:15–3:30 p.m.
  • Program / 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Networking / 5-5:30 p.m.

DSA Offices
1809 7th Ave. Suite 900




Could high-speed rail transform the Pacific Northwest into a mega region? Join us for the next Downtown Download, DSA’s economic development series where we examine policies and initiatives shaping downtown.

Jason Beloso, strategic planning manager for WSDOT, and Paige Malott, chair of Cascadia Rail, will discuss the recent study of a high-speed rail line that would connect Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland.

We’ll also hear from Deputy Director David Driskell of the City’s Office of Planning who will share some of the big moves that the city and county are making in transportation and public space for the next decade. In addition, we will hear an update on the Center City Connector, now that funding is secure.

Finally, representatives from DSA partner Commute Seattle will provide an update on transit ridership and how commuters are handling Connect 2020 and the impacts of Sound Transit’s tunnel work.

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At our October meeting, we heard from Scott Lindsay, author of System Failure Part 2, about some of the breakdowns in Seattle’s criminal justice system that perpetuate criminal behavior. We took a deeper dive into the findings of the report and what’s happened since its release. We also heard about the vision for Third Avenue and lessons DSA and members have learned from other cities. In addition, we discussed DSA’s holiday plans in relation to Macy’s closing announcement.


Ken Lederman
Foster Pepper and DSA Board member

Sung Yang
Pacific Public Affairs and DSA Board member

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