We invite you to imagine what the heart of Seattle could look like in 20 years. We are seeking your vision for great streets, lively public places, and better ways to get there. We are excited to hear your ideas both big and small!

Imagine Greater Downtown is a partnership between the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Downtown Seattle Association and Sound Transit. We need your creative concepts to develop a vision for 2035. Let’s imagine the future together.

Map showing the 10 downtown neighborhoods which include Uptown, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Belltown, Denny Triangle, Pike and Pine Streets, First Hill, Commercial Core, Pioneer Square, and Chinatown International District


Imagine Greater Downtown is all about people

Today there are more than 90,000 people living and almost 300,000 people working in Seattle’s 10 greater downtown neighborhoods. By 2035 there will be close to 138,000 residents and 320,000 jobs.

Within greater downtown 40% of land is used for streets and sidewalks and 6% is public park space – the rest supports buildings or other functions.

As we continue to grow, how will we use our streets, sidewalks and public spaces to create great places for people of all ages and cultures to play, interact or just hang out? How will people get to where they need to go, and what will our streets look like? We need your help in coming up with ideas big and small. Add your idea to the Imagination Map and Imagination Gallery.

Illustration showing trees and a bench representing 6 percent of public park space and an illustration of a person walking on a sidewalk with a car driving by representing 40 percent street and sidewalks.







Job source: Washington State Employment Security Department Covered Employment, then adjusted to include ‘non-covered’ jobs.
Population source: Washington State Office of Financial Management, Small Area

Project and outreach timeline



Project begins

Find key issues and opportunities

Website launch

Ideas collected via interactive map and photo/image sharing

Community outreach

  • Education about the project
  • Idea collection
  • Identify opportunities for participation

Sept - Dec

Identify and refine Big Ideas and Transformative Moves

Determine key ideas and how to assess them

Website update

Post online survey and continue idea collection

Community outreach

  • Pop-up field outreach
  • Targeted engagement
  • Public workshops
  • Feedback on big ideas and transformative moves


Jan - Mar

Imagine Greater Downtown Plan

Prioritize big ideas and key moves

Website update

Post plan, online poll on plan priorities

Community outreach

  • Feedback on plan including prioritizing key moves
  • Public open house

What can you imagine?

Help us develop a set of creative ideas to inspire the future of public places, shared streets, and better ways to get around Seattle’s 10 downtown neighborhoods. What do you want to see? Sharing is easy:

  • Watch our quick video to learn about some of the ways people’s imagination has shaped Seattle over time.
  • Place a pin on the map below and add your ideas with words, pictures or both. You can like other ideas and share via social media.
  • Contribute to the imagination gallery. Upload a photo or drawing that captures something you’d like to see in Seattle’s future.
map pin icon

Imagination Map

Place a pin on the map and add your idea with words, pictures or both. Click the green "Add Marker" button below to get started and then fill out the pop-up with your comment, optional photo, and email address. You can like other ideas and share via social media.

For a better mobile experience, visit the map at Social Pinpoint to share your ideas.


Imagine Greater Downtown is a partnership between the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Downtown Seattle Association and Sound Transit. Join us at an upcoming event and sign up for the mailing list to receive project updates.

Past events

Open House

Thursday, October 18, 5:30-7:30 PM
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
Missed the open house? View the display boards here.

Advisory Group Meetings

Thursday, November 8, 6-8 PM
Friends Space

Thursday, September 20, 6-8 PM
Friends Space

Advisory Group

The Imagine Greater Downtown Advisory Group is made up of nearly 30 community members. Advisory Group participants were selected based upon the unique interests, backgrounds, and perspectives they bring to the conversation. The Advisory Group is working with the partner agencies to make sure that Imagine Greater Downtown considers and reflects the many communities that live, work, and play in downtown Seattle.

Previous Meeting Materials

Contact us

Email: info@imaginegreaterdowntown.org


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