Downtown Seattle skyscrapers seen from a ferry in Elliott Bay
Ferry goers enjoy the Seattle skyline view. (Credit: Doug Trumm)

The Urbanist is a rare gift. Its reporting evokes a passion for civic life that goes beyond intellectual — these are the people who sit through council meetings on transit in Everett and committee meetings on affordable housing in Tacoma. In between, they are documenting life in the right-of-way via Twitter and Instagram.

The Urbanist is not merely an onlooker perched high above with commentary on the goings on below — a criticism of the field of urban planning in general. Its staff and reporters are focused on illuminating the stories that shape our cities in the Puget Sound. Stories that belong to them as much as to their readers.

Erin Fried, Urbanist board member

These stories invite action: to be empathetic, to advocate, to vote. And reflection: to understand ourselves as part of a community more vast and complex than we can comprehend on our own.

Now, they are asking for our support. Please join me in making a gift to The Urbanist so that they can continue to deliver expert reporting with care and vigilance.

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Erin Fried

Erin Fried is a writer, planner, and conflict resolution specialist with expertise in social marketing, community organizing, and peace-building. She has 12 years of experience in research, advocacy, and program management across a range of focus areas, including affordable housing, climate change, disaster recovery, immigration reform, and the arts. She is committed to approaching all issues through the lens of equity.