A foursome of yellow cranes with green bases sewed from the Georgetown Bridge. (John Feit)

This week Ray Dubicki and I chat about the policy changes that have been proposed for Seattle’s industrial zones. These policies have been in the works for a long time and are finally coming up for consideration by the Seattle City Council in May and June.

While we may associate industrial lands with factories, these days in Seattle they are more likely to be the location of big box stores or storage rental facilities. This is problematic since, at their core, industrial zones are supposed to be job creators. Fortunately, the proposed policies do a pretty good job of addressing this issue. In the episode, we dive into how the proposed industrial rezones could make some positive changes and how they could be even further improved. Ray has become our in-house subject matter expert on industrial lands, and as such he also penned this article on the topic.

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Natalie Bicknell Argerious (she/her) is a reporter and podcast host at The Urbanist. She previously served as managing editor. A passionate urban explorer since childhood, she loves learning how to make cities more inclusive, vibrant, and environmentally resilient. You can often find her wandering around Seattle's Central District and Capitol Hill with her dogs and cat. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.