A bicyclist exists the 43rd Street gate of U District Station.
Sound Transit staff open the gates of U District Station. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Today as Northgate Link opens, The Urbanist is launching our Fall Subscriber Drive. We could really use your support to continue to report on and advocate for gamechanging investments like those bearing fruit today. If you count on The Urbanist to break down the latest Seattle news (look no further than our comprehensive Northgate Link coverage) and raise the banner for a city rich in rapid transit with wonderful neighborhoods growing around it, we’re counting on you. Help us keep growing. 

Twice a year, we run subscriber drives to support our operations and carry us through the year. Thanks to a record-breaking subscriber drive this spring, we added another employee in managing editor Natalie Bicknell Argerious who manages our staff of volunteer writers and writes a great deal herself. She’s already made a difference as September was our highest readership month ever. Thank you to everyone who donated! Subscribers, bear with us and our site’s popup donation request for the next two weeks.

We’d like to ensure we can keep Natalie on, add more paid staff members, and we’ve also set a goal of raising $2,000 to pay for freelance reporting to broaden our reach in the next few months. The first $2,000 we raise this drive will go toward paying freelancers and result in new voices being added to the mix on the publication. We don’t want to get stale in what we do and we’d like to reach more communities. The freelance budget will also help support some deep reporting dives from our existing volunteers.

You can ride light rail to new destinations this weekend, but we shouldn’t stop there or with ST3 vision alone. I urge you to support the ecosystem that makes possible the continued growth of our transit network and multimodal and social housing infrastructure around those stations. Subscribe to The Urbanist and we can have many more weekends like this one!

Last subscriber drive, we added 53 subscribers and we’d like to match that this time around. Subscribe today.

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Doug Trumm is publisher of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2019. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.