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Downtown Dreams: Leaders Share 10 Ideas to Make Seattle’s Core More Vibrant

Published on February 24, 2023

The Pioneer Square Pergola in Seattle
Image Credit: Msuner (CC BY-SA 4.0)

In his “State of the City” address on Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said the word “downtown” more than 30 times and dedicated a quarter of his annual speech to revitalizing the city’s core.

There are some examples of success. New York City transformed lower Manhattan into a 24-7 community with more residents and a larger retail scene after 9/11.

But taking a great idea from somewhere else “without setting it for local appropriateness,” is not the way to go, said Chuck Wolfe, a multinational urbanism consultant and affiliate professor of urban design and planning.

“People need to think critically about Seattle’s strengths and Seattle’s natural affinities,” Wolfe said.

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