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Mayor Durkan and Downtown Leaders to Focus on New Actions and Investments Made as A part of Welcome Again Weeks

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and downtown leaders at this time mentioned new actions and investments made as a part of Welcome Again Weeks. The Mayor was joined by Seattle Chinese language-American Chamber of Commerce President David Leong, Alliance for Pioneer Sq. Government Director Lisa Howard, and Downtown Seattle Affiliation (DSA) President and CEO Jon Scholes.

Welcome Again Weeks are a part of the Metropolis’s downtown restoration effort, with the objective of bringing staff, small companies, and guests again downtown. They started Monday, July 12, and have promotions throughout downtown neighborhoods with large-scale occasions going down within the Chinatown-Worldwide District, Pioneer Sq., and Westlake. The primary occasion will happen Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, at Hing Hay Park, and you’ll find extra data right here.

As a part of Welcome Again Weeks, the Metropolis invested greater than $300,000 {dollars} immediately into small companies, artists, and cultural organizations who’ve been considerably impacted by the pandemic. These investments assist almost 500 small companies, and 80 p.c of these are owned by girls or individuals of shade. The Metropolis can be using 200 artists and cultural staff, lots of whom haven’t been in a position to carry out in particular person for 16 months, and 90 p.c of the Metropolis-hired inventive staff are girls or individuals of shade. The Metropolis is investing greater than $9 million in downtown restoration initiatives general.

The Metropolis has additionally elevated its cleansing and beautification efforts downtown by the Clear Metropolis initiative, together with:

  • Rising assortment from as soon as to twice every day for rubbish cans downtown;
  • Doubling every day trash pick-up at transit hubs within the downtown core;
  • Including a second weekly go to from the “Graffiti Rangers” within the downtown core;
  • Coordinating with the Washington State Division of Transportation to wash the I-5 hall;
  • Offering extra weekly intensive energy washing of alleyways within the downtown core and Chinatown-Worldwide District; and
  • Eradicating particles and abating graffiti on 2nd Ave bike lanes from Belltown to Pioneer Sq. and alongside the Pike/Pine hall.

Via a collection of campaigns and investments, DSA and the enterprise enchancment district it manages, the Metropolitan Enchancment District (MID), are directing a bundle of greater than $3.2 million towards downtown Seattle’s restoration. This restoration bundle helps enhanced cleansing and beautification efforts, homelessness outreach, public artwork installations, Welcome Again Weeks and different group occasions, concert events and a communications & advertising marketing campaign. All this week, DSA has positioned Welcome Again Cubicles at 12 totally different areas all through downtown to greet individuals with music, refreshments, giveaways and data as individuals return to the guts of the town.

Residents can discover extra data on downtown restoration efforts at www.seattle.gov/covidrecovery and https://downtownseattle.org/occasions/welcome-back-weeks/.

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