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.
Ferries on Puget Sound
1888 - The first ferry to set sail on Puget Sound, the steamboat City of Seattle.
Alaskan Way Viaduct
1953 - The elevated highway along the waterfront was built. Its scheduled 2019 demolition will allow new waterfront connections.
1962 - The Seattle Center, Space Needle, and Monorail were constructed for the World’s Fair which attracted 2.65 million visitors.
Cherry Blossom Trees
1997 – Community members in the Chinatown-International District planted flowering cherry trees along Jackson Street.
2015 – Rainbow crosswalks were painted on Capitol Hill at six intersections of Pike/Pine between 11th Ave and Broadway.
Your idea here!
Using the suggestions you've shared, we've crafted a set of creative ideas to inspire the future of public places, shared streets, and better ways to get around Seattle’s 10 greater downtown neighborhoods. View our Big Ideas and share your thoughts! We’ll use your feedback to refine, combine and compile these Big Ideas into the vision plan for the future of greater downtown, which we plan to finalize by this summer.
Over the last four months, you’ve shared your experiences and creative ideas online, at our public open house, via our community Advisory Group, and through pop-up events and focused conversations. View a full list of all the community events we’ve held so far. We’ve taken what we heard from you to draft our Big Ideas and create our project Vision and Values, which guide the project.
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.
Project and outreach timeline
Find key issues and opportunities
Ideas collected via interactive map and photo/image sharing
- 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
Post online survey and continue idea collection
- Pop-up field outreach
- Targeted engagement
- Public workshops
- Feedback on big ideas and transformative moves
Jan - Feb
Prioritize big ideas
- Feedback on plan including prioritizing key moves
- February public open house
Mar - May
Imagine Greater Downtown Plan
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.
- Share your feedback on our draft Big Ideas, which we drafted based on the creative suggestions you've shared so far!
- Contribute to the imagination gallery. Upload a photo or drawing that captures something you’d like to see in Seattle’s future.
Thank you to everyone who shared ideas via our imagination map. We used these suggestions to help create our draft Big Ideas for greater downtown. Click on the bubbles on the map below to read many of the suggestions that were submitted and share your feedback on the Big Ideas they informed!
For a better mobile experience, visit the map at Social Pinpoint to share your ideas.
Use the Choose File button below to send your graphic ideas, drawings and photographs.
Imagine Greater Downtown is a partnership between the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Downtown Seattle Association and Sound Transit, in collaboration with the Port of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Join us at an upcoming event and sign up for the mailing list to receive project updates.
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
Thursday, September 20, 6-8 PM
Thursday, July 26, 6-8 PM
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
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