Doug Trumm

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Doug Trumm is The Urbanist's Executive Director. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.
In November 2018, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, with the backing of housing advocates like us, succeeded in getting $500,000 added to the City budget to fund a racial equity analysis of the Seattle's urban village growth strategy. That report was due in December 2019. That deadline came and went and...
We are excited to announce that The Urbanist is hiring a Managing Editor to lead our publication. The Managing Editor will guide our coverage and editorial voice and uphold our standards for journalism. The Urbanist is an influential publication popular with policymakers and advocates, and this is a unique...
Landlords came out in force at the King County Council meeting on Tuesday to speak against a proposed tenant rights bill. Unfortunately, their cause was hurt by many of their own talking points being blatantly false. Several County Councilmembers chastised the Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHA) for spreading...
On Wednesday, five Seattle Mayor candidates squared off in a forum that we co-hosted alongside our allies at the Move All Seattle Sustainability (MASS) coalition and elsewhere. We learned a great deal about the candidates in 90 minutes, so we encourage you to watch the video and check out...
Mayoral candidate forum hosted by MASS and allies on June 16th 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Image: forest fire and logos of sponsors.
On Wednesday, Seattle Mayoral candidates will square off in a forum centered on transportation, equity, and the environment and hosted by the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) Coalition and allies. The Urbanist is a member of MASS and is helping put on the online event. Erica C. Barnett of...
Seattle has been taking the lion's share of the region's housing growth for the last decade, but developers are starting to look to Tacoma in greater numbers. One big reason why is that Tacoma's permitting and approval process is simple and quick, while Seattle's has increasingly turned into a...
Yesterday, the Seattle City Council passed three bills extending protections for tenants facing the threat of eviction. They also voted unanimously to send a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee asking them to extend their respective eviction moratoriums, which both expire June 30th, through the end...
Corporations hoping to derail Seattle's JumpStart progressive payroll tax were thwarted in a court ruling released Friday. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts ruled in favor of the City of Seattle, dismissing "with prejudice" the lawsuit that the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce brought against it. The City projects the...