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

Edmonds City Council Rejects Grant to Study Missing Middle Housing

Last week, the Edmonds City Council voted to tell the city's mayor, Mike Nelson, and city staff not to proceed with accepting a "middle housing" grant from Washington's Department of Commerce that would provide...

Rainier Avenue Bus Lane Proposal Leaves Out Metro’s Highest Priority Segments

SDOT said it would prioritize busses rather than bikes on Rainer, but instead cars continue to win out over both. Last month, The Urbanist reported on the Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT's) plan to add...

Cities Can Soon Add More Speed Cameras To Their Streets, But No One’s Rushing...

Soon a new change in Washington State law will take effect that could give jurisdictions another set of tools to reduce speeds on their streets and potentially save lives -- if local jurisdictions take...

Bothell’s Proposed Citywide Bike Plan Falls Far Short of Expectations

Since 2018, the City of Bothell has been working on an update to its citywide bike facility plan. With significant new grant opportunities becoming available at the state and federal level, city staff are...

As NE 130th Station Opening Slips to 2026, SDOT Moves to Improve Station Access

Months after the Sound Transit board voted to accelerate the construction of Sound Transit's NE 130th Street light rail station from 2031 to 2025, Sound Transit has announced that the earliest the infill station...