Downtown Preview

Join us as we launch Downtown Preview, a new event and networking series to reconnect you to the city center and each other. The exclusive series will highlight the projects, places and people reshaping and revitalizing downtown — with special early or unique access for DSA members and MID ratepayers.

A Deep Dive on Lid I-5

Wednesday, Oct. 11
4:30–7 p.m.

Level Seattle
110 Boren Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109


  • Presentations
  • Q&A
  • Happy hour


This event is open to members of DSA and ULI Northwest.

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A monumental initiative to connect the core of downtown with adjacent neighborhoods is moving again. Lid I-5 would make that happen by capping the freeway in downtown Seattle. Earlier this month, the plan received a major boost as the Seattle City Council passed a resolution to endorse it. Seattle is not alone in this vision. With new sources of federal funding, cities across the country are moving forward on plans to build open spaces over freeways.

Join us on Oct. 11 to hear from leaders of Seattle’s Lid I-5 movement along with those who are leading similar efforts in Atlanta and Bellevue. You’ll get the latest on Seattle’s efforts, learn how other cities are progressing, proposed costs and next steps.

Guest speakers include Jack Cebe, development manager with Central Atlanta Progress, Jesse Canedo, chief economic development officer for the city of Bellevue, state Senator Jamie Pedersen and Scott Bonjukian, co-chair of Seattle’s Lid I-5 effort. The discussion will be moderated by Natalie Bicknell of The Urbanist.

DSA is proud to partner on this event with ULI Northwest and Lid I-5 Seattle. Thank you to our venue host Onni Group.

August 2023: Inside Cedar Hall with EQ Office

Our most recent Downtown Preview treated attendees to a special tour of Cedar Hall, a brand-new hospitality experience at the base of the 44-story U.S. Bank Center. Cedar Hall, which comprises the tower’s three-story lobby and entry levels, was designed as a communal meeting place for art, culture and retail. Zach Zaborowski, EQ’s senior vice president and Pacific Northwest, provided insights on the recently completed project and lead a short tour.

June 2023: Inside the Coliseum Theater with XO Seattle

More than 100 attendees joined our preview of XO23 — a temporary, contemporary art gallery in the renovated historic Coliseum Theater — in the former site of Banana Republic. The work of 60-plus artists will be on display in this landmark building through year-end. XO founders also co-created last summer’s popular art show with Forest For The Trees in Pioneer Square.

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