Wednesday, we posted an exploration of a new study documenting Broadway’s retail opportunities and challenges. Here are a few more datapoints we found worthy of more attention in understanding the neighborhood and how it work.
- The densest area of the city: Capitol Hill’s blocks of apartments below Broadway really is the densest area in the city — making it one of the densest areas on the West Coast:
- Starving artists: We’re tightly packed — and poor:
- Workers: How many people work on Capitol Hill? 5% of the city’s workforce:
- Leakage: Wednesday, we discussed the study’s “leakage” analysis which showed that Broadway’s businesses captured a greater share of Seattle revenue in food and drink and retail than the share its residents spend in the same categories. The takeaway — Broadway remains a draw for shoppers, diners and drinkers across the city. This table shows just how strong that draw is. For retail, Broadway is sucking in about 15% more “business” than Capitol Hill residents can produce demand for. For food and drink, the Broadway core is capturing almost double its area demand. It’s pretty amazing — and an indicator how important it is to the businesses in the area to continue to draw people from off the Hill.