TWO YEARS OF OUTREACH,

 ONE VISION,

AND A BETTER FUTURE

 FOR BELLTOWN.

HOW DID WE GET WE GET HERE?

Completed in early 2018, #BelltownPossible is the product of 24 months of listening to over 2,000 Belltown stakeholders from all walks of life, which is close to 10% of all stakeholders in Belltown.  We talked to renters and homeowners, employers and employees, developers and preservationists, property owners, non-profits, and those on our streets and in our shelters.

With support from private contributions and from the Office of Economic Development, we conducted over 200 one-on-one meetings, hosted or attended over 50 community meetings, and generated over 2,500 hours of public engagement with the planning process.  We also received 222 specific written comments on community challenges and opportunities. 

Today, Rise Up Belltown is focused specifically on keeping our local communities, as our employees and artists, our musicians and businesses, and all our most vulnerable populations, are increasingly pushed out by skyrocketing prices. (You can take action here.)

Yet our work is still rooted in that years-long outreach, and we continue to believe that #BelltownPossible represents a holistic approach to building a strong, inclusive, interesting, and resilient community.

In 2019, Rise Up launched it's proposal to save and support Belltown, as a campaign for the Seattle Community and Affordability Network. This plan would save what's special, save and create affordable spaces, 

24+ MONTHS
2,000+ PEOPLE
200+ INTERVIEWS
50+ MEETINGS
2,500+ COMMUNITY HOURS

1

One Belltown

Build a connected network of human beings living, working, and thriving in Belltown through direct outreach to Belltowners, businesses, and buildings.

2

Starts on 2nd

Establish a protected creative district in the cultural heart of Belltown, anchored by nightlife, legacy businesses, historic buildings, and workforce housing.

3

Connections

Create more opportunities for Belltowners to meet and make new friends, by connecting both at events and through the magic of technology.

4

Greener Belltown

Invest in publicly accessible green spaces, and breathe life into our public landscape with innovative concepts that connect us to nature and to Elliott Bay.

5

Local Business

Foster entrepreneurship and economic vibrancy by supporting Belltown businesses with information, advocacy, and unparalleled access to opportunity.

6

Housing for All

Strive to provide housing for our local workforce and to build units at every income level - a community where everyone can find shelter from the rain.

7

Belltown Story

Promote our neighborhood as a creative destination with a wealth of cultures, communities of friends, and a host of local and legacy businesses.

8

Build to Last

Our global climate is changing, and Belltown should build for resiliency by investing in sustainable infrastructure and planning for a greener future.

9

Community Voice

Speak up, speak out, and speak often to our elected leaders, and directly connect community stakeholders to those with power to effect change.

10

Empowerment

Build capacity to implement this vision by empowering new community leaders through exposure to policy, access to information, and social justice training.