Originally Posted by mello
^^^ Thanks Seasky, how dense are those inner Seattle Census tracts? Do they have corner stores and urban amenities everywhere? Not to highjack this thread but pics of those areas would be appreciated.
The first 2010 density map I found is the one below. The area you're interested in is the darker red area just east of I-5 from Downtown (I-5 is the eastern highway shown on the map - the western one is Highway 99). The blogger looked at block groups (smaller than tracts) and estimated the density in the densest one in this area at 65K people/square mile. Not sure about the accuracy of his calculations.
Retail is primarily concentrated along the Pike/Pine Corridor, along Olive Way, and on Broadway which is the next major north-south arterial east of Downtown. I can't think of an urban amenity that wouldn't be available in this area. A lot of folks are also able to walk to work Downtown and it's a fairly quick commute to the UW for students. The light rail station on Broadway opens in 2016 and in advance of that a streetcar that goes down Broadway to First Hill (where the hospitals are) and the International District before arriving at the big train station and Pioneer Square should be running prior to that. There's also a ton of bus service.
The City of Seattle doesn't have the 2010 data up yet - for reference here's their 2000 density map by census tract: