We are always working to revitalize and grow the the Chinatown / International District. Take a look at some of the projects we’ve worked on to date.
Chinatown-International District Public Safety Survey 2017
Please click on the link below to complete the CID Public Safety Survey. These surveys will help guide our community’s conversations and strategies in addressing crime and safety. Your responses will remain anonymous and will not be linked to your name.
The survey was developed by SCIDpda and InterIm CDA. Data from this survey will also be analyzed with Seattle University and a report will be made available. Contact Jamie Lee or Valerie Tran with any questions.
Please fill out this survey by March 17, 2017.
Unreinforced Masonry Report (URM)
Unreinforced masonry, mainly brick, is one of the most common building types of the early 20th century, the primary era of development in the historic Chinatown International District neighborhood. Unreinforced masonry construction does not hold up well during earthquakes, meaning these buildings are a hazard in Seattle. The City of Seattle is trying to figure out how to protect people during earthquakes, and that will involve upgrades to unreinforced masonry buildings. The SCIDpda has been involved with policy discussions, and in 2015-2016, wrote a case study report on how URM policy may affect property owners and tenants in the CID and in Pioneer Square. Both neighborhoods are historic, are under historic preservation design review at the city level, and have a high number of URM buildings. We hope to build on this report with additional study of how to make upgrades feasible for property owners in the CID. The 2016 report is available in English and Chinese. Appendix for URM report is available in English. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy or with any questions about URM properties.
In the heart of the Little Saigon neighborhood, a total of four decorative community crosswalks will be installed at the intersection of 12th Ave S and S Jackson St. The crosswalks will improve pedestrian safety at a busy intersection as well as contribute a cultural marker to Little Saigon. A local Vietnamese American designer was selected by a committee of community representatives to work with the Little Saigon community to come up with a design. The crosswalks are slated to be completed later in 2017.
This project is funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund and supported by the Seattle Department of Transportation.
IDEA Space is currently working with the Little Saigon community to develop a small pocket park at the southwest corner of 12th Ave S and S Jackson St, adjacent to the future community crosswalks. The pocket park is a small but important step in addressing the lack of public green space in Little Saigon and will provide community members a place of solace amidst the bustling neighborhood. Completion of the pocket park is estimated to be later in 2017.
This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Yesler Community Collaborative, and the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The design is donated to the community by local designers from Framework.
At the crossroads of neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and preservation is the work we do with facade improvements. IDEA Space works with property owners and business owners – often immigrant or refugee-owned, mom-and-pop enterprises – to coordinate small scale improvements to neighborhood storefronts. We help leverage funding from local and national sources and support the project from the brainstorming and fundraising stages through to implementation and reporting. By making progress towards visible enhancements to the neighborhood, we hope to support commercial vitality and cultural vibrancy of the Chinatown/International District.
Hing Hay Park
Hing Hay Park is a public park in the Chinatown International District of Seattle, Washington. At the corner of S. King Street and Maynard Avenue S., the park has an authentic pagoda, a gift from Taiwan, in the center, along with benches and chess tables for friends and family to gather.
Donnie Chin International Children’s Park
A beloved neighborhood children’s park renovated in 2010 thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the International Children’s Park. Since 2006, SCIDpda has been supporting the efforts of this community group to address concerns about safety and usability of the local park, assisting with design development, advocacy efforts and fundraising. IDEA Space, SCIDpda’s community development resource center, works closely with community residents and partners at Wing Luke Asian Museum, International District Housing Alliance, Denise Louie Education Center, International District Community Center, University of Washington, City of Seattle (Parks and Recreation and the Department of Neighborhoods) and InterIm CDA to ensure that the park renovation is a community-driven and owned project.