About Us

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

Solidarity statement

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.

What we do

Our publication is built on independent journalism, research, and advocacy. Relying on a variety of contributors, we dive into issues like housing, land use and zoning, economics, social welfare, environmental sustainability, transportation, and much more. If you’re interested in contributing, learn how and let us know by sending us a pitch or asking about volunteer opportunities.

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 the before times, we met at the Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee.

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.

We’re also active on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and RSS feed.