Clean + Safe

A vibrant district of entrepreneurs, major employers, smart workers, and diverse residents needs a public realm that works for everybody. To ensure friendly, inviting, clean, and safe streets and public areas, the U District Partnership has initiated and manages an active program that focuses on crime and disorder hotspots, public rights-of-way, young adult support, community services, and partnerships with law enforcement and educational organizations. 


Cleaning the Streets

The largest piece of the UDP's budget goes to keeping our neighborhood clean and safe. Through the use of private contractors and community volunteers the UDP focus on maintaining the streetscapes and building frontages of the neighborhood to support a safe environment. 

A Safe and Welcoming Environment

 The deployment of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles in tandem with affective partnerships between neighborhood service providers, the UW, property and business owners, and the Seattle Police Department have helped to make the U District a more welcoming place.

The Clean and Safe Committee

Committee Members, meeting notes and information.

Economic Development

Improve the district-wide business landscape by supporting existing businesses and attracting new business for the purpose of further building and sustaining a vibrant, diverse and healthy U District.

Business Resource Center

The Business Resource Center serves all U District Business Improvement Area businesses and prospective businesses looking to enter the district by connecting them to the best available information and providing direct services to individual businesses.

Economic Development Committee

The U District Partnership’s Economic Development Committee is an advisory committee to the UDP Board and Staff.  The Committee is comprised of leaders from the district who share a vision of an environment where businesses can launch, grow and flourish and who are committed to working with the UDP to make this vision a reality.  Bringing their specialized sector expertise and passion to the committee, these leaders help the UDP support existing businesses and attract new business for the purpose of further building and sustaining a vibrant, diverse and healthy U District.

The Committee meets monthly. For more information regarding the Economic Development Committee, please contact or phone (206) 547-4417.

Coming 2019: U District Business Network

The U District Business Network is comprised of business operators in the district coming together to provide a more unified, purposeful and effective University District business community voice and offer an information sharing platform for the University District community.  If you are a business in the U District and haven’t sent us your contact information in 2018, please update it today.

Events & Marketing

Achieving the U District’s vision for innovative entrepreneurs, major employers, and diverse residents requires positioning the District in the minds of potential investors as an ideal place for these activities. This means a strategic branding and communications effort that goes beyond street level retail activities to audiences far beyond students and others who are already in the District. 

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U District Streetfair

This year the UDP will proudly host the 50th annual U District StreetFair May 18 and 19, 2019.


Promote Unique local businesses

Meet with businesses individually or in groups to engage and solicit their needs for expansion and retention. Market the U District as a Transportation/Transit Hub. Convene a transportation task force with UW representatives, district residents, businesses, the City, METRO, Sound Transit, and others. Assemble existing transportation plans and studies. Develop recommendations for possible wayfinding tools, on-line links, and other tools to exploit the U District’s competitive advantage as a transportation hub. 

Events & Marketing Committee

Maintain and further the U District's branding strategy with graphics, messaging, collateral materials, press notices, and other information. Information on committee members, meeting notes and etc. 

Urban Vitality


Urban Vitality Committee

The Urban Vitality Committee is a program advisory committee to the staff and Board of the UDP, and by extension, to the Ratepayer Advisory Board. The scope of the committee’s work is to keep abreast of and help define and support strategies for UDP and BIA engagement around public realm built environment issues that affect the entirety of the district. These include issues about city policies for design, major infrastructure projects and their impact on our community, potential land use issues, mobility planning, streetscape and wayfinding issues, and many more.

Development & Zoning tracking

The UDP maintains an going relationship with the City of Seattle's Office of Planning and Community Development, while tracking construction and City policies affecting our built environment