About DSA

Our Mission: To champion a healthy, vibrant urban core.

The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) is the member-based non-profit 501(c)(4) organization focused exclusively on making Downtown Seattle a great place to live, work, shop and play through public policy advocacy, economic development and marketing.


As part of its commitment to Downtown, the Downtown Seattle Association creates and manages a variety of programs to maintain a healthy, vibrant urban core. See below for more information on each of the DSA’s programs.

Downtown Residents Council

The DSA’s Downtown Residents Council gives a collective voice to Downtown residents, advocates for residential issues and perspectives, and provides a forum for resident members of Downtown’s 12 neighborhoods to connect and work together on issues important to the community.

Metropolitan Improvement District

The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) service organization that provides streetscape cleaning, maintenance, hospitality and public safety services, as well as destination marketing, human services outreach, research and market analysis for Downtown Seattle. Founded by the Downtown Seattle Association in 1999, the MID is financed through tax assessments on Downtown properties and covers a 285-square-block area in Downtown Seattle’s core. Each day, more than 70 MID ambassadors patrol the streets of the Belltown, Denny Triangle, Pioneer Square, Retail Core, Waterfront and West Edge neighborhoods in order to maintain Seattle’s healthy, vibrant urban core.

Commute Seattle

Transportation is also a major priority for DSA, and in an effort to improve access to, through and from Downtown, DSA partnered with King County Metro and the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation to form the Commute Seattle 501(c)(4). This organization develops resources for Downtown employers and commuters to encourage transit use and reduce the volume of drive-alone commuters.

Downtown Seattle Cares

Founded by DSA to build upon the association’s long history of addressing issues important to the health and vibrancy of Downtown, Downtown Seattle Cares 501(c)(3) provides funding and facilitates collaboration among the nearly 100 human services, economic and urban development agencies in Downtown Seattle that provide support for mental illness, substance abuse, housing, parks and urban environment, workforce training and employment programs.

In addition, DSA also established Bellwether Housing (formerly Seattle Housing Resources Group) in 1980 as an independent non-profit organization to build housing for low-income citizens. Its efforts have helped make Downtown accessible and affordable to all, and have contributed to the diversity and growth in the number of residents who make their homes Downtown.


Our Historical Milestone Timeline – created in celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2008 – provides an in-depth look at DSA’s accomplishments that have helped make Downtown Seattle the distinctive, vibrant place we treasure today.


Learn about the efforts and accomplishments of the Downtown Seattle Association from the past year. View Annual Report.


Membership in DSA is open to businesses, organizations and Downtown-based residents who share our commitment to a healthy, vibrant urban core. Become a member today.