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Paine Field Airport in Everett could see some notable expansions in the coming years to support increasing demand. Snohomish County, which owns the airport grounds but not the passenger terminal itself, has developed a draft master plan that is pending final approval from the feds and county council. A successful expansion would require far better transit options.
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More than Zoning Reform: Home in Tacoma and the Prospect of...

Zoning has created urban forms that are expensive, exclusionary, and unsafe — Tacoma’s attempt to reform zoning stands to create more livable and complete neighborhoods by tackling the many secondary effects of zoning.

Morales’ Equitable Housing Incentive Bill Faces Pushback Over Trees, Scale

Councilmember Tammy Morales' "Connected Communities" pilot program faced a gauntlet of questions and concerns from her new colleagues. Tree activists fretted over depleting canopy. Nonetheless, Morales hopes to pass the bill in March.

Highway-Style Signage Near SR 520 in Montlake Prompts Local Backlash

Large highway signs that prompted pushback from nearby residents when they were installed last year around SR 520 in Montlake are getting a second look. The state has $750,000 in tweaks planned that would scale back the size of new road signage.

Sunday Video: Why Junction Stations Are So Important

Reece Martin at RM Transit digs into what's so great about junction stations. These are stations where multiple rail lines converge and...
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Announcing The Urbanist’s 2024 Advocacy Agenda

Focused on housing abundance and sustainable transportation, our 2024 advocacy agenda runs the gambit from comprehensive plan updates to transit upgrades and a safety-first Move Seattle Levy renewal.

Legislature Proposes Boost to Passenger Ferry Service to Vashon Island

$3.1 million for additional water taxi runs between Downtown Seattle and Vashon Island is set to be allocated by the legislature to make up for lost state ferry service to Fauntleroy.
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How Copenhagen is Leading the World in Sustainability

Denmark’s capital city is committed to curbing pollution and making it easier and safer to get around by bike or foot. Copenhagen's success has made it a global climate leader with countless accolades for sustainability and livability.

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The Urbanist Meetups Are Back on Third Thursdays, Starting February 15

The Urbanist's meetups will be held on the third Thursday of every month at Stoup Capitol Hill (formerly Optimism Brewing), a spacious all-ages brewery, starting on February 15.

Join Us for January 11 Meetup in Yesler Terrace Featuring Seattle...

The Urbanist's in-person monthly meetup series is back and it's headed to Yesler Terrace on Thursday, January 11, for an event focused on Seattle...

Join The Urbanist for Post-Election Panel on November 29

Join members of The Urbanist Elections Committee as we break down the 2023 general election at an event on Wednesday, November 29. The panel will take...

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Bellevue Official Cleared in Bike Bellevue Ethics Complaint

Franz Loewenherz, a longtime employee of Bellevue's transportation department, has been cleared of wrongdoing after an ethics investigation into his work on Bike Bellevue. The complaint was made by a project opponent, who did succeed in causing a minor delay.

Sunday Video: Kirkland’s History of Exclusion and Opportunities to Change That

Historian Lorraine McConaghy rehashes the arc of Kirkland's history from blue collar boomtown with an industrial waterfront to bust town to its high tech resurgence, all while using a lens of racial equity and housing exclusion.

Abbreviated East Link Grand Opening Set for April 27th

A 10am ribbon-cutting ceremony at Downtown Bellevue Station will inaugurate Eastside light rail service on April 27. 2 Line trains will run between Bellevue and Redmond in advance of full service into Seattle expected in 2025.

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The Urbanist Podcast: Vote Up to the End

It's time to vote for Seattle City Council, a housing levy, and elected positions all over King County. The Urbanist has published its general...

Guest Podcast: Recycling America’s Railroads into Trails

The Urbanist Podcast is on summer break so we thought we'd share with you a guest podcast on a topic near and dear to...
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The Urbanist Podcast: All About 2023 Primary Endorsements

Primary election ballots are arriving in the mail and due by August 1st. In the run up The Urbanist Elections Committee has been hard...

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