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Olympia Responds to Urban Housing Demand & More

An update on street and housing developments Downtown Olympia

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When Mike Reid, economic development director for the City of Olympia, speaks to a group about new housing projects downtown – the question most folks ask is, "Where are all the people going to come from to live in these beautiful new buildings?" To answer that question, he breaks out his heat maps to show how Olympia has dense employment levels downtown, but not dense housing levels. He explains that nationally and regionally, both young workers and retiring boomers want to live a more urban lifestyle that includes living where they work, which is driving the development of new market-rate housing Downtown Olympia. Leasing often begins before construction breaks ground.

Who is the twinkliest of them all? Vote for your favorite light display!

Twinklefest Lights up the City with a Festive Look

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Twinklefest is a feeling, an experience. When the rainy, cloudy weather greets our holidays, Twinklefest lights up the city with a festive look and feel that equals “happy”! You’ll see an array of lighted displays and themes and no two are alike. It is a great evening walking experience, too. Enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants, grab a cup of cocoa or a frosty drink and saunter through a wonderland of lights. From the Capitol Campus to the Farmers Market, from the ice rink at Capitol Lake to the food trucks on Plum and 4th. Eat, drink, shop local, and make merry while celebrating the holiday season. Vote for your favorite display at and enter to win over $100 in gift certificates from downtown businesses

Kick-off Your Holiday Season Downtown!

Our weekend lineup includes Get Outside Friday, Small Business Saturday and Downtown for the Holidays Sunday!

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Have family visiting from out of town, or are you just looking for some activities to fill the holiday weekend? Kick-off the holidays by coming downtown and exploring all the activities Oly has to offer. Enough is happening to book your weekend solid! Come downtown and celebrate with us!

“Art in Olympia Storefronts” Places New Artwork in Vacant Windows Downtown Olympia - Meet the Artists November 21!

Meet the Artists Event on Thursday – November 21, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - 116 Fifth Avenue SE, Olympia

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The work of local artists is now on view in storefront windows in the heart of downtown Olympia. On view November 12 through January 2020, the art installations feature work by four Olympia-area artists:

In the windows of The Goldberg Building at Fourth Avenue and Capitol Way:

·  Lite Generations, by Lu Hanna. Explains the artist, “This design addresses the perspective of near and far with the colorful mid-century modern geometric shapes seen at a distance, while a closer perspective reveals images and illusions using color theory.”

·  Sady Sparks, Olympia Poet Laureate. Says Sparks, “I believe in poetry – its power to stop someone in their tracks as they smile at rhythm or memory or symbol.”

·  Here Today and Hopefully Tomorrow, by Lily Hahoe. The artist says the work highlights “Olympia’s nature and architecture, along with traditional printmaking, as three art forms worth appreciating and preserving.”

·  Landscape Fragments, by Olga Mikolaivna, who works with photography and text. She says her “focus is on memory, home, (dis)place, language, inheritance/loss and the disruptive.”

   Florabunda, by Randi Parkhurst and Kathy Gore Fuss, fills the windows at 425 Franklin St. SE, the modernist building for the Capital Savings & Loan Building.

These artwork installations are part of “Art in Olympia Storefronts,” a project of the Olympia Artspace Alliance.

The public is invited to meet the artists at an informal reception on Third Thursday this month, November 21, 5-6 pm in New Caldonia Building at 116 Fifth Avenue SE, in downtown Olympia.

Olympia Artspace Alliance is a local nonprofit organization established in 2011 to preserve, develop and advocate for space for artists.

The project is supported by the Olympia Downtown Alliance, the City of Olympia, and the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA.

Artist statements and more information about this project and the Olympia Artspace Alliance is available at


CONTACT for Questions/Comments:

Michelle Pope, Olympia Artspace Alliance –

Todd Cutts, Olympia Downtown Alliance – – 360-357-8948