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Pioneer Square with the Columbia Center in the background.Pioneer Square is the self-proclaimed oldest neighborhood in Seattle. It’s been the center of many booms and busts historically, currently enjoying a boom. It boasts high-tech offices, high-end markets and restaurants, while offering the bulk of the city's homeless social services. The Record on KUOW explored its demographics, history and how it has changed in the past 20 years.

Pioneer Square Gets Down To Business

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In 2009 people were asking, can Pioneer Square be saved? Businesses shut down and moved out of the neighborhood, the iconic Elliott Bay Book Company packed up and left for higher ground on Capitol Hill. But in the last few years the neighborhood has undergone a boom of sorts.

Restaurants Bar Sajor, Rain Shadow Meats, Gaba Sishi, Little Uncle and more have decided to make a home in Pioneer Square. The neighborhood has added to its bevy of galleries and retail shops. So what has changed? Ross Reynolds talks with Leslie Smith, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square about the neighborhood business economy.

Produced by Arwen Nicks.