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Good News Downtown


When space sits unused, local curators see potential. A former Downtown retail space in the Coliseum Theatre building will soon turn into a home for large-scale art exhibitions. I got a chance to tour the space ahead of its opening last week and it is marvelous – they showcase so many inventive and stunning styles and pieces, and the curation team has done a fabulous job highlighting the unique architecture and space of the old Coliseum. I highly recommend checking it out!

XO23 is now open and ready for visitors! Check it out – right at 5th and Pike.

Good News Downtown

  • According to the Downtown Seattle Association’s Recovery Dashboard, nearly 3 million visitors came Downtown in June – the second-highest month for visitors since March 2020. June also saw the highest level of weekday worker foot traffic since the start of the pandemic, the second month in a row where worker foot traffic averaged more than 80,000 visits daily.
  • More than 10,000 people visited the Westlake Park area on Friday July 7 to check out the kickoff to the DSA Downtown Summer Sounds concert with R&B sensation UMI. UMI was born in Seattle and brought in one of the biggest turnouts for the Summer Sounds series EVER, and generously staying for 45 minutes post-show to take photos and sign autographs for fans.

ICYMI: All Star Buzz

Downtown sparkled on the national stage for the 2023 MLB All Star Game as 80,000 people flocked to SoDo and the surrounding area for all the games and festivities.