Seattle’s downtown population has been growing rapidly since 1990 and now has approximately 60,000 residents. East to west, the downtown neighborhood stretches from the waterfront and just east of I-5, and north to south from the International District and Pioneer Square up to South Lake Union. More and more families are part of the mix, and the number of children downtown has doubled over the past twenty years to more than 3,000. In addition, many children commute downtown with their parents to daycare or preschool where they become temporary downtown residents.
The rate of new births downtown is extraordinary – births have doubled downtown over the last decade as young men and women move to the area where they enjoy the robust growth in high paying jobs without the hassles of traffic and having to drive everywhere. Additionally, the influx of seniors in Downtown Seattle since 1990 means many more grandchildren are out and about, visiting downtown restaurants, parks and major attractions.
We are thrilled to partner with the Downtown Seattle Association for the first Royer Roundtable of 2013 to discuss the current efforts to make Downtown Seattle more family friendly, such as locating a public school in the downtown and adding new indoor and outdoor and temporary play spaces. We’ll also talk about other opportunities, what other cities are doing and how the family fits into the overall strategy for a healthy downtown.
When: Tuesday, February 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: Cutters Crabhouse, 2001 Western Avenue, Seattle 98121