Who we are

Founded in 1994 by local businesses and property owners, the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) is one of ten business improvement areas in Seattle. The CIDBIA works to improve and promote Seattle's historic Chinatown-International District as a welcoming, clean, and safe neighborhood through sanitation coordination, public safety coordination, marketing and events, and advocating for general quality of life issues.

The CIDBIA is primarily funded through a self-imposed assessment on local businesses and property owners, and supplements but does not replace government services in the neighborhood


To ensure a clean and welcoming district and together with our partners, advocate for an increase in public safety and a healthy environment for businesses and the community.


Be a well-known and respected neighborhood that is clean, vibrant, and inviting for all while preserving the unique history and cultural heritage.


Over the past 100 years, Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants, Italians, African Americans, and Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees have shaped this diverse neighborhood business district. Today, the neighborhood is a destination for savvy locals and intrepid travelers who seek a genuine taste of Seattle, easily accessible by foot, transit or car.

Take the time and you’ll be rewarded with a quiet garden atop a terraced hillside, teashops around the corner and restaurants to please an array of taste buds and budgets, from hand-rolled noodles to crispy duck. Take part in the tradition of karaoke and learn more about the emerging art scene. Browse exhibits in a one-of-a-kind Asian–Pacific Islander museum, historic gift galleries and unique shops mixing traditions of the past with designs of the present.