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Staff Biography

Ryan Packer

Senior Editor

Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill. They are on the board of the Friends of Pike Place Market and write about transportation issues at Capitol Hill Seattle. They believe in using Seattle’s history to attain the vibrant, diverse city that we wish to inhabit. Follow them on Twitter @typewriteralley or email at ryan [at] theurbanist [dot] org.

Recent Articles

Two people walking a dog on a new sidewalk.

Morales Proposes Adding Sidewalks to Seattle’s Complete Streets Ordinance

One in four Seattle blocks lack sidewalks, but a new bill would require that significant repaving projects add or repair them. In 2016, after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) repaved a long stretch of...
Street view of the newly constructed Downtown Waterfront multi-use trail.

Seattle’s Waterfront Bike Path Comes Into Focus, Narrower Than Past Promises Suggest

Late changes to add curving nine-foot-wide bottlenecks and remove bollards will hinder the new bike path. On Seattle's waterfront, visitors are now able to get a fairly good idea of the final form the long-planned...
Cars line up on the Montlake Bridge.

Seattle Council Pushes Forward on Transportation Impact Fees

The issue of whether Seattle should impose a sizable fee on all types of new development to fund transportation network improvements is back in front of the city council, as several councilmembers who have...
Fenced ramp to a multi-use path bridge over the Interbay railroad tracks.

Port of Seattle To Upgrade Interbay Bike Trail, Removing Major Pinch Points

One of the city's most highly-used bike trails is about to see improvements that will remove elements that have been giving trail users consternation for decades. The Port of Seattle Commission Tuesday approved allocating...
Looking down Denny Way.

Denny Way Repaving Passes on “Large Opportunity” To Rethink Key Corridor

SDOT considered a laundry list of improvements, but most aren't moving forward. As soon as next year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will start construction on a major repaving project along one of the...