Restaurateur, merchants want to revitalize Pioneer Square, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods (Puget Sound Business Journal)

November 23, 2012 – Chef Matt Dillon and two other merchants from Melrose Market on Seattle’s Capitol Hill are opening four businesses in the heart of Pioneer Square, and boosters of the beleaguered neighborhood say other entrepreneurs are not far behind.You could argue that Dillon and the others are taking a big risk investing in Seattle’s first neighborhood, which is known for its Romanesque Revival buildings as well as its checkered past, when the term Skid Road was coined. Unfortunately for Pioneer Square, its rough reputation rather than the architecture sticks in people’s minds. Merchants have come and gone, and in January the retail vacancy rate was 11 percent in the neighborhood core.

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