"Businesses do not make a community, they serve a community. People spending time with one another, serving one another, make up a community. When the people of a neighborhood don't actively tend to their space, and who they share that space with, businesses leave. So when you ask a business what community means or how to strengthen it, the answer is to simply be a community member yourself. Earn the businesses that serve you by serving each other.
If you live here, did you know there is a resident's council that meets quarterly? Attend and make your ideas known, or support other ideas you agree with.
If you work here, did you know there is a Business Improvement Association? They are responsible for the flower baskets and the music in the park. Show gratitude for this expense smalls businesses take on to beautify your neighborhood.
Did you know there is a Historic South Downtown board which distributes grant money for safety, equitable representation, and public improvement? Have a say in where this money goes. Help raise more money.
Did you know there is an Alliance for Pioneer Square board, which represents us at City Hall, markets the neighborhood, and coordinates volunteer community service? Tell them your ideas. Show up to help plant flowers in the park or repair the median along 1st Ave, or participate in the spring clean.
Did you know there is a Historic Preservation Board that reviews signage, facade improvements, and new construction? Follow the rules and keep to these aesthetic guidelines if you want to protect the integrity of our neighborhood charm.
Businesses seek communities of people to serve. Without the active office spaces we had in 2019, it's up to the residents to decide what kind of neighborhood they want for this historic district in the world of tomorrow."