Save the Ave
The U District is experiencing a irreversible transformation and a massive rezone to permit buildings as tall as 30 stories. We are raising funds to study the impacts of the up zone on our local small businesses and nonprofits; many of which are legacy, minority, and endangered.
Our hope is to identify strategies to help keep us here in the U District during and after these challenging times.
We deeply appreciate your support, love, and any contributions you can make to our online fundraising campaign. Only with your support can we continue to be the heart of our diverse and dynamic community.
Check out the cool donation rewards available to donors for select contribution amounts, and offered by our local businesses and nonprofits.
We thank you for your help to Save the Ave!
Join us to hear the key findings from our extensive survey of 124 small businesses and nonprofits along the Ave. This successful survey was completed by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies with volunteer help from our self-organized small business association, without support from the city but from our committed community.
Survey Release Party
Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm
Big Time Brewery
At the event, we will present the results of the survey, hear from local business owners, and learn about next steps to protect endangered businesses. The impact study is an essential, first step in crafting real, data-driven solutions that will help keep the U District community together, on the “Ave”, and throughout our district.
Here’s what we have accomplished so far:
Fall ’16 - Formed a nonprofit organization of fellow small business owners
Winter ’17 - Negotiated a delay of the rezone along the Ave
Spring ’17 - Raised thousands to study the impacts to small businesses
Summer ’17 - Conducted a survey of hundreds of small businesses along the Ave
Fall ’17 - Presentation of survey results and key resolutions
The unique small businesses and nonprofits are the heart of our U District community, and without them, the character and identity of the neighborhood is at risk. Long-time favorites, including many legacy and minority-owned businesses, are on board, pushing to ‘Save the Ave’.
We greatly appreciate your continued support.