Commercial Affordability

Seattle's small businesses are integral to the economic fabric of the city, but the current period of rapid economic growth threatens to displace small businesses unless the City takes action to help resolve the problem.

As Mayor Murray and his Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee developed recommendations and an action plan, it was important to understand the complexity of the commercial affordability challenge, which is about more than the price per square foot. Other factors include size, availability, the availability of small business capital, and the impact of construction. 

Explore the data on this page to understand how these factors affect small businesses, and then read the advisory committee's recommendations and the mayor's action plan to learn how Mayor Murray intends to make it easier for small businesses to thrive in Seattle.