Columbia City Revitalization Story
In the early 1990s, Columbia City a richly diverse neighborhood in
Seattle, Washington, had a problem. The
business district in the heart of the neighborhood was in a steady state of
decline. Small businesses were
going bankrupt, store fronts were being boarded up and the chief commercial
activities seemed to be drug deals and prostitution.
efforts by city government and traditional non-profit organizations had failed
to turn the tide. Then in 1995, a
small group of residents, calling themselves the Columbia
City Revitalization Committee took upon themselves the task of bringing
the business district back to life. And
they did. Today, Columbia City is
a revitalized neighborhood with a thriving business district.
Once viewed as “undesirable, Columbia City is now considered one of
the “best” Seattle neighborhoods in which to live.
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