The Bailey Gatzert neighborhood is defined by the following geographic boundaries:
Northern Border: Cherry Street/James Way
Western Border: Alaskan Way
Southern Border: S. Dearborn Street
Eastern Border: 23rd Avenue S.
There are approximately 17,500 residents that live within the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood. Of these residents, it is estimated that 35% live at or below the poverty threshold as defined by the United States government, 55% are members of racial-ethnic minority groups or mixed race, and 10%, or 1,750, are youth under the age of 18 years (American Community Survey, 2007). In addition, a growing number of Asian and African immigrants and refugees have recently settled in the neighborhood. Many of these populations do not speak English as their primary language.
Also located in the neighborhood is Yesler Terrace, one of Seattle’s 26 low-income public housing communities. Built in 1939, Yesler Terrace was Washington State’s first public housing development and the first integrated public housing development in the United States. Described as Seattle Housing Authority’s “most urban family community,” it is a vibrant community rich with cultural and ethnic diversity. All 1,200 residents of Yesler Terrace live at or below the poverty level. In addition, nearly 90% of the residents of Yesler Terrace are members of racial-ethnic minority groups or mixed race and 40% of the residents of Yesler Terrace are youth under the age of 18 years (Seattle Housing Authority 2010).
- 16 Parks
- 5 Sports Recreation Sites
- 4 Community Centers
- 2 Neighborhood Service Centers
- 3 Community Gardens
- 2 Libraries
- 5 Public Health Centers
- 7 Food Banks
- 25+ Religious Institutions
- Dozens of add'l arts and
non-profits, and other
- One of the most historically
diverse neighborhoods in
- Youth Violence. Highest gang
related gun incidents in the city
during the summer of 2008,
as reported by the Seattle Police
- Academic Achievement Gap. Persistence of an academic
achievement gap between
students from different socio-
In 2008-2009 there was a 40%
difference in the WASL passing
rate in Math and Science between
low-income and middle/upper income
students at Garfield High School.
- Poverty. 36% of neighborhood
residents live at or below the
federal poverty level.
- Demographic shifts. Significant
demographic shifts challenge
neighborhood residents to