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.
Seattle has too many urban highways, but it could have had so many more if state leaders had realized all their dreams of highway expansion--including four cross-sound toll bridges. In 1965, the Washington Toll Bridge Authority floated the plan to cross Puget Sound with floating bridges connecting...
Phoenix, Arizona is about to vote on a ballot measure intended to sabotage light rail expansions. A Valley Metro Rail extension to South Phoenix set to open in 2023 would be the first casualty, but Proposition 105's ballot language would actually ban new light rail outright, dooming...
Mayor Jenny Durkan announced her decision to sell the Mercer Megablock to Maryland-based developer Alexandria Real Estate for $143.5 million earlier this month. At the time, not much was known about the bids that failed to make the cut. We got a little more...
Additional bus lanes will be coming to Rainier Ave S to speed up buses and improve reliability and safety. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to install two short segments on Saturday and Sunday, after having been accelerated for implementation by the department after a dramatic...
On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted 6-1 in favor of a $9 million appropriation to continue work on the Center City Connector streetcar, with Councilmember Lisa Herbold casting the sole no vote. Councilmembers M. Lorena González and Kshama Sawant were absent. González was in Copenhagen taking...
On August 7th, Mayor Jenny Durkan finally unveiled the winner of the contest for the most coveted real estate parcel in town: the 2.8-acre publicly-owned Mercer Megablock site in South Lake Union. Turns out the Mayor selected a $143.5 million bid from Alexandria Real Estate, a publicly-traded...
The Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition is pushing for safe streets and has a package of transportation legislation they want passed by the end of year. If the City is serious about climate action, it simply must make it easier to get around without a car...
Last week the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) requested $9 million to keep the Center City Connector streetcar project moving. Yesterday, the Council's transportation committee voted in favor of making the appropriation and moved it to the full Seattle City Council, which will vote on Monday.