The Secret to Seattle’s Booming Downtown

Sunday, March 25th, 2012



In a blog post on The Atlantic Cities website, urban scholar Richard Florida discusses downtown Seattle’s growth since the 1990s. The city has encouraged the long-term growth of its core through large-scale infrastructure investments and encouraging downtown retail. Nevertheless, the area was heavily affected by the recession, and lost 12 percent of its jobs between 2000 and 2010.

"A 2000 study by Paul Sommers and Daniel Carlson found nearly half of all high-tech jobs in the Seattle region were located downtown. Today, Seattle provides a good example of the back-to-the-downtown trend that is reshaping cities across the United States as workers relocate to formerly neglected urban cores that offer transit, walkability and central location."