About Us

The Urbanist stands with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight for racial justice and an end to police brutality. As a White-led organization, we strive to walk in allyship and antiracism. Read our statement in support of Black Lives Matter protests here.

The Urbanist was founded in early 2014 as a Seattle-based online publication seeking to examine and influence urban policies. We believe that cities provide unique opportunities for addressing many of the most difficult problems we face. Our website serves as a resource for sharing ideas, creating community, and improving the places we live.

What We Do

One way in which we strive to achieve our mission is by engaging with people. We do this in a number of ways.

Our monthly meetings are an opportunity to network and engage with people who are interested in urban issues. Each meetup features a special guest speaker. The meetup happens every second Tuesday of the month online, at least until the Covid-19 epidemic subsides, in which case we will hold them from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee. Our in-person events our currently cancelled due to the pandemic and social distancing guidelines. Keep a lookout for our meetup invitations online.

During the spring and summer, we host walking tours throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound, which range in topic. Past tours have included discussions on neighborhood history, racial and social equity, displacement, transportation, and architecture and design. Some tours have included biking and boat trips.

We’re always happy to meet with individuals or organizations to share ideas and ways that we can build relationships and advance shared causes. If you have something in mind, send us a message through our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

Our publication is built on independent journalism, research, and advocacy–and that’s probably how you found us. We have a wide spectrum of contributors who specialize on issues like architecture, land use and zoning, economics, social welfare, environmental sustainability, transportation, and much more. We’re always looking for contributors to share their thoughts and expertise. If you’re interested in contributing, learn how and let us know by sending us a pitch.

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