Staff Biography

Ray Dubicki

Reporter

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.

Recent Articles

Building the Body Athletic – Your Urbanist Sports Year

It’s 4th of July weekend, so we’re in the doldrums of the sports year. WNBA, soccer, and baseball are in the long stretch of their seasons, while hockey, NFL, and college sports are in...

We Own This City Because You Cut It Adrift

A policing drama from the creators of "The Wire" and "Treme" is a devastating look at urban policy. The police aren’t coming, and we know why. Whether your call is to the door of a...

Anti-High-Speed Rail Rhetoric Takes Root in Local Legislative Districts

The fight is starting over high-speed rail in Washington State. On Wednesday night, the 36th District Democrats considered a resolution to oppose the use of Climate Commitment Act funds in developing ultra fast ground...

The Urbanist Podcast: Seattle Public School’s Mixed Year-End Report Card

In this episode, professional educator and managing editor Natalie Argerious tolerates my raving parent commentary about the 2021-2022 public school year. The kids have a lot of catching up to do. The teachers are...

To the Class of 2040: Welcome to the Crater

Hello babies, welcome to Earth. You’ve shown up at an interesting time. Every 40 years or so, the United States demographic pyramid squeezes a bit. Some combination of cycling birth rates and global catastrophe...