Councilmember Andrew Lewis, who represents District 7 (Downtown, Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia), sees improvements downtown and is hopeful about its future. However, despite the signs of improvement, Lewis stated that “Downtown continues to have really horrible challenges that we need to work on to fix.”
Lewis, who chairs the Council’s Public Assets and Homelessness Committee, credited several factors for the improvements:
- The return of downtown workers. “In the long term, that’s really what it’s going to take to get downtown back is the return to work.”
- The new downtown PCC Community Market.
The removal of Pioneer Square homeless encampments. The people living in those encampments were offered housing and service through the JustCare program.