Metropolitan Improvement District Renewal & Expansion
Downtown Seattle Association
BDS Planning & Urban Design worked with the Downtown Seattle Association on renewal of its Metropolitan Improvement District (MID). Created in 1999 to enhance the urban environment in five neighborhoods in Downtown Seattle, the MID includes programs in cleaning, safety, marketing, transportation, and business development. BDS worked with the MID board and several ratepayer work groups to evaluate and update the MID’s services, boundaries, and assessment mechanism. The two-year process included strategic outreach and communication, as well as extensive technical analysis.
The Metropolitan Improvement District fulfills that stewardship aspects of the Downtown Seattle Association’s mission to champion a healthy, vibrant urban core.
The Metropolitan Improvement District encompasses 225 square blocks of Downtown Seattle, including the Retail Core, Pioneer Square, the Waterfront, West Edge, and Denny Triangle neighborhoods.
Since the MID’s creation in 1999, Seattle has seen a 40% increase in downtown residents and a 100-fold increase in cruise ship business creating new challenges for MID services.