Friday, 13 December, 2019

Doug Trumm

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Doug Trumm is The Urbanist's Publication Director. He moved to Seattle from Minnesota in 2014 and recently graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at UW. He lives in East Fremont/West Wallingford and loves to explore the city on his bike.
Ride2 vans were re-purposed from Metro's fleet and may go back to other services. Some include wheelchair ramps as shown. (King County Metro)
King County Metro has been dabbling in on-demand shuttle services to entice riders to transit centers, but some of those pilot projects are floundering. On Tuesday, Metro announced the worst performers are getting the ax. Ride2, which serves Eastgate and West Seattle, will not be renewed amid...
Africatown Plaza will anchor a corner of the Midtown Center redevelopment. (Credit: Africatown CLT)
Mayor Jenny Durkan revealed the slate of affordable housing projects the City would be funding next year to the record-breaking tune of $110 million on Monday. The 13 buildings funded will bring 1,944 apartments affordable below 60% of area median income or lower. “Over...
Long-held dreams of setting up a regional authority to coordinate homelessness services in King County officially took a step forward this week as the King County Council approved a proposal technically doing that. In reality, last-minute changes to the plan make it so flawed to likely represent...
The nine members of the Washington State Supreme Court. (Washington State)
News broke yesterday that the Washington State Supreme Court had upheld the King County Superior Court's injunction against Initiative 976 causing transit backers to rejoice. The 6-3 decision agreed with the lower court that the plaintiffs (which include Garfield County, King County, the City of Seattle, and...
East Fremont went for Shaun Scott even though lawn signs might have you thinking differently. (Photo by Doug Trumm))
King County released final 2019 election results data on Monday and precinct maps show people in multifamily areas and single-family zones have very different politics. Progressive candidates cleaned up in Seattle's Urban Villages and renter-heavy areas. Conservative votes mostly tracked Lake Washington and Puget Sound, representing million-dollar...
Burke Gilman Trail from the Fremont Bridge. (Photo by author)
This Giving Tuesday we're asking you to contribute to The Urbanist. Our writers and organizers pour thousands of hours of volunteer labor into our journalism and advocacy. We're proud of our work, but we're also looking to expand our operation and add more paid staff so we...
Cafe goes at Ada's Technical Books and Cafe in Capitol Hill (Photo courtesy of Ada's Books)
The Urbanist is co-hosting a Tenant Rights Bootcamp on Wednesday, December 4th with renter advocacy nonprofit Be:Seattle. The bootcamp is from 6pm to 8pm at Ada's Technical Books and Cafe in Capitol Hill, and rent control will be a major topic of conversation. Be:Seattle...
King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson granted an injunction on Initiative 976 this morning, pausing 175,000 hours worth of transit service cuts in the county and countless more impacts statewide. Timed just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the injunction should put transit advocates in a thankful mood....