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Author: Doug Trumm

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One Stairway is Enough to Reach Housing Heaven

A bill allowing single-stairway "point access block" buildings would enhance housing and neighborhoods. On February 2nd the Washington State Senate held its first hearing on...

Build Ballard Link Faster and Better By Skipping Second Downtown Tunnel

Savings could elevate light rail in Rainier Valley, speeding up service, improving safety, and fully automate the system. Sound Transit is currently planning the West...

Growing Woodinville Considers Requiring More Off-Street Parking

One parking stall per 1,000 square feet of racquetball facility. One stall for every five seats in a theater. One stall for every 300...

Ballard’s Historic District Board Looks to Blow the Roof Off Street Cafes

The future of wildly popular streateries now rests in a narrow view of the street's past. It’s 9am on a Thursday morning in the multipurpose...

Bell Street: A Chance to Shape a Final Piece of the Waterfront Project

A survey on possible Bell Street changes is open for public comment through February 12th. As work continues at a feverish pace to complete some...

Sunday Video: Night Ride

The Oscar nominations are out. Most of the attention is on the Best Picture nominees, but who really has time for that? Those ten...

The Urbanist Podcast: An Automation Discussion [Not] Brought 2 U by Chatbots

When Ray pitched the idea to me of doing an episode on automation, the first thing I thought was, of course. Automation, in no...

More Chinatown Station Ideas Floated as Sound Transit Meanders toward Decision

Will the station be shallow, deep, or somewhere between? On Fourth or Fifth Avenue? Or skip Chinatown and Midtown altogether for a Pioneer Square...