A friend of mine remarked to me the other day how little people seem to talk about the revitalization of downtown Seattle over the last 20 years. Sure, there are still your not-so-nice corners here and there, but as American urban downtowns go, it’s quite a vibrant place, even nights and weekends.
The state of downtown living and working is the subject of the just-released 2013 Downtown Density Report, which includes some interesting numbers on the subject. Relevant to our work on this blog, for instance, 43% of downtown households are car free, and 1 in 3 downtown residents walk to work.
Furthermore, since 2005, over 11,000 residential units have been added, and over 5,000 are currently under construction. Despite the preponderance of construction cranes on the horizon, the neighborhood isn’t finished growing by a long shot. The PSRC’s Vision 2040 projects 75,000 new residents downtown by 2040. That’s excellent news, because downtown is great for transit and great for the environment.
A PDF of the full report is available here.