Seattle is known for its unique neighborhoods, each home to a thriving landscape of locally-owned businesses that occupy an essential role in the stories and rituals that define the city. These bars, restaurants, cafés, and shops have attracted locals and visitors alike for a taste of the city’s unique character and sense of community.
Yet many of these beloved neighborhood institutions are being lost given Seattle’s rapid pace of development. As each local, legacy business disappears, the city’s very character is chipped away. For this reason, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation supports a proposal from Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold to consider how a legacy business program could be implemented with the goal of preserving those establishments which make Seattle especially unlike anywhere else (in a good way!).
Seattle Weekly discussed the issue of Legacy Businesses in a recent article
Next week, Seattle’s Budget Committee Chair, Councilmember Tim Burgess, will release his budget package. If you believe this is an important issue for the city, please contact Councilmember Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request that he include $100,000 in the city’s budget to support preserving legacy businesses.
Learn more about the Legacy Business Initiative here!