Taking Action Now

This part of the Downtown Activation Plan is focused on the near-term (now to three years). We want to:

Bring people back to Downtown Seattle now…
…While designing a future of Downtown Seattle that works for you - working people, families with children, small business owners, and everyone who calls our city home.

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If you’re interested in reading about the Mayor’s Action Plan in more detail, click below to download the Executive Summary or Full Plan.

Seven Bold Goals for Downtown Seattle

In order to create a new future Downtown, we know we need to act boldly. Seven bold goals guide how we are looking to transform Downtown Seattle over the next three years.

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In addition to a robust implementation plan that includes cross-departmental and cross-sector collaboration, the City is also tracking success Downtown through a public-facing dashboard located on the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s website.

If this plan is successful, it will look like:

  • Increased overall foot traffic
  • Reduction in fentanyl/meth overdoses
  • Reduction in emergency medical responses
  • Increased housing occupancy
  • 60% of people working Downtown at least 3 days a week
  • Increased retail spend Downtown
  • Increased visits to cultural institutions
  • Increased public transit ridership
  • Increased foot traffic outside working hours
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New (and upcoming) Seattle Restored Locations

Graffiti and cleanliness efforts

Pedestrian zone at Pike between 1st and 2nd

Newest waterfront project work

Opening of City Hall Park

One day of service

Pedestrian-only streets

New public art and murals



Near Term Goals and Strategies

The City is already taking quick action Downtown to address urgent challenges, including the Executive Order on fentanyl, the reopening of City Park Hall, and expansion of the services provided by the Metropolitan Improvement District

The City has developed a tactical plan for the next three years to make progress on the seven bold goals. This includes already funded initiatives, as well as some aspirational planning


“Space Needle Thinking” Visionary Ideas for the Future

This plan also includes visionary ideas that will signal a transformational future for Downtown Seattle but will take over three years in order to strategize, secure investments, and build this future

How we built this part of the plan

Initiatives were identified by combining stakeholder engagement with in-depth research and benchmarking. This process helped elevate the work already being done Downtown while highlighting best practices and new ideas identified by community, organizations, and research on peer cities.

There are many more investments both public and private in Downtown Seattle that are not highlighted in this plan. It is important to acknowledge that what is included here is not inclusive of everything nor should it be. Our hope is that these investments will create momentum Downtown that others will take advantage of and create a sustained cycle of activations, equitable and new investments, and more opportunities for Seattleites.