Golden Gardens Keep It Moving street leads straight to the beach with epic sunsets like this one. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

In this podcast, managing editor Natalie Argerious and I talk summer vacation and the best ways to carry urbanism with you in your travels. We talk summer reading and favorite short trips from Seattle. Natalie also interrogates my younger child Gillian to find out how many of my vacation stories are actually true.

But the name of the game in urbanist style travel is awareness. Is the way we’re traveling actually the best way to get around? Can shifting just a little make the places we visit a bit more walkable? And have we kept in mind the many generations of people that came before our current visit? For that last one, here is a great resource called to find the indigenous tribe whose land you’re standing on. And check out some links below to the fun stuff we talk about, including Natalie’s review of the Empire Builder, a visit to every Vancouver Sky Train station, and reviews of all the breweries in southwest British Columbia. Some ideas if that travel bug starts nibbling.

This is also the finale for the first season of The Urbanist Podcast. We deeply appreciate you listening as we’ve worked out a few of the kinks. There are some hilarious stories about the trial and (many) errors we’ve gone through these last few months. Those will be shared sometime, and we look forward to joining you again for a couple miniseries over the summer and coming back again full steam in the fall.

As mentioned in the episode, for those of you interested in joining up with our future book club, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City by Josephine Ensign, will be the first book we’ll discuss.

Of course, we want to know your thoughts, opinions, and summer vacation stories. Reach out to us at podcast [at] As always, you can find The Urbanist podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and other major platforms. 

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Article Author

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.