The health of a city is often measured by its downtown. And if Better Off in Billings Ambassador, Julie Seedhouse had her way... everyone would live in downtown Billings! Read more about why she loves living in Downtown Billings below. Be Here!
I have lived in the Stapleton Building in the heart of downtown for several years now, and I absolutely love it! It's so vibrant and beautiful and a crucially important part of Billings!
There are very few opportunities to own residential property in our downtown—my building is one of the few. There is a great need for more.
The DBA and BSEDA social media and websites are excellent sources of information, and I follow as many downtown businesses as I can find. Other great social media resources are Pub Station, Craft Local, SOMETHINGchic, Montana Brewing Company, and Hooligans.
I've always loved downtown Billings. The minute my husband and I had an opportunity to buy our condominium, we jumped at it! It didn't take me long at all to understand how important it is that we work to make it even better.
I know there is a perception that downtown is not safe. I've never personally experienced that. I used to have a little dog who I would walk at all times of the day and night, and I've never once felt threatened. Yes, we have some homeless traffic down here, but honestly, I've always found them to be very respectful and kind.
There is also a perception that there is no parking, which is just not true. There are several parking garages with tons of space available. You likely won't have to walk any farther than you would when you park at Costco!
The Northern Hotel has been an incredible partner for downtown—Mike Nelson is a true believer. I also love the Alive After 5 concerts (I'm listening to Repeat Offenders warm up as I write this), Farmers Market, Strawberry Festival, Pride Festival, Art Walk, and 1st Fridays.
A couple of years ago, my neighbor and dear friend, Lauri Patterson, and I received a Space to Place grant to hang the lights over Broadway. It is so beautiful, and I think it's been a game-changer for downtown. The wraps on the streetlight boxes that display local art are also a super fun part of our downtown culture (my favorite are the monsters on the box outside the police department), as well as the many murals that have been added recently.