In Chinatown-International District, policymakers face big decisions on how and where to locate Ballard and West Seattle light rail expansion. Community members highlight, in this video, the long history of impacts to a community targeted for xenophobia and exclusion. Some of those impacts persist with noise and pollution from I-5. Now with light rail expansion being evaluated, community members worry about alternatives impacts, some that could result in large demolition, displacement, and years of street closures.
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.