Stanwood, a fast-growing town 25 miles north of Everett, is considering overhauling its main street to embrace walkability and good old fashioned main street urbanism. The effort is being championed by Councilmember Steve Shepro, who is an adherent to "Strong Towns" philosophy pioneered by Minnesotan traffic engineer turned national urbanist celebrity Charles Marohn. Marohn has long cautioned against the creep of stroads, a portmanteau of street and road referring...

The Urbanist Podcast: Live from France

In this episode, I call in from Nantes, France, to chat with reporter Ray Dubicki about my current trip to Europe. We...

Apps Break Cities, Just Like Highways Do

On Tuesday, GrubHub sent New York restaurants into a tailspin with a free lunch promotion. Between 11am and 2pm, the food delivery...

Midweek Video: Top 10 Affordable Underrated US Cities

CityNerd stacks up the top ten affordable underrated American city metros for walkability, transit, and livability. Sorry, Seattle and Tacoma, but you...

Rainier Avenue To Get Northbound Bus Lane Extension, but Corridor Vision...

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced they are planning to convert one lane of northbound Rainier Avenue to a dedicated...

Biden Nudges Cities to Rezone and Embrace Housing Growth

But is the president dangling enough federal grants to convince them? On Monday, President Joe Biden unveiled a new housing initiative aiming to...

Sound Transit Must Fix Its Broken Escalators and Elevators Mess

Sound Transit’s elevators and escalators have become a bit of a punchline and are routinely out of service, as The Urbanist reported...
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Bellevue Council Update: Supporting Retail, Fostering Cross-Cultural Connections, and Rules on...

Bellevue is continuing the trend of Eastside cities analyzing their retail sectors, and their City Council is doing so without enacting a...

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The Urbanist Podcast: Live from France

In this episode, I call in from Nantes, France, to chat with reporter Ray Dubicki about my current trip to Europe. We discuss all...

The Urbanist Podcast: Walking the Ballard Bridge

The Ballard Bridge is a 105-year-old connection between the industrial Interbay neighborhood and thriving Ballard. With four lanes of moving traffic and completely insufficient...

The Urbanist Podcast: YIMBYtown

If you follow housing politics, you've probably heard of the term YIMBY (a.k.a. yes in my backyard), but do you know what differentiates the...

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Your Transit Trips Are Free This Weekend, Let’s Celebrate!

The upgrades coming to the central Puget Sound's regional transit pass, ORCA, next Monday are front-and-center at the region's transit agencies right now. With...

Don’t Miss The Urbanist’s Tuesday Talk with Claudia Balducci, King County...

The Urbanist's monthly meetup at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 10th will feature King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, who exemplifies urbanist vision and leadership in action....

Shape the Future of Ballard and West Seattle Link Light Rail

Connecting Ballard, Downtown, and West Seattle with light rail will represent an amazing leap forward for transportation in Seattle. But we must ensure that...

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