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Why South Lake Union

Welcome to a place where thinking preceded building.

What makes South Lake Union such an extraordinary neighborhood is that it’s one of the few places in Seattle where the entire approach to transportation, sustainability, recreation, and what-goes-where has been thought through. It’s a recipe that’s yielded an exceptionally livable, walkable, hospitable place.

One reason you might want to put South Lake Union on your personal map is because of where it sits on the Seattle city map – right at the geographical center. That alone makes it a convenient place to get to and from. Meanwhile, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, and the city’s first modern streetcar put South Lake Unionites within easy reach of the downtown core and its connections to the region’s new light rail system.

Another way South Lake Union humbles other neighborhoods is in its devotion to sustainability. There are more LEED-certified buildings here or on the way than in any other part of the city. Combine that with pedestrian-centric streets, plenty of parks, and a truly usable public transportation system, and it all adds up to the color green.

There’s one final reason to tip your cap in the direction of South Lake Union: Area businesses generate an astonishing $3 billion in sales revenue each year, and 55 of South Lake Union’s businesses each produce sales in excess of $10 million annually.

The employee population in South Lake Union is expected to double in the next five years to nearly 30,000. And, by the time the area is fully built out, economists project South Lake Union businesses will be the source of more than 50,000 jobs and nearly $900 million in annual tax revenue.

Source of Data: South Lake Union Chamber, direct employer surveys and Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of South Lake Union Development Report by Dr. Paul Sommers, PhD.

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