Seattle University Youth Initiative


Boundary Map

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.

Our Community

Neighborhood Strengths:

  • A group of resident leaders who continuously work to improve their community
  • One of the most historically diverse neighborhoods in Seattle
  • 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 enrichment organizations, non-profits, and other community groups


Neighborhood Challenges:

  • Academic Achievement Gap. Persistence of an academic achievement gap between students from different socio- economic backgrounds. 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 form community.