Monday, 27 January, 2020

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.
Route 62 is a workhorse for Fremont and Wallingford, which would lose Route 26 and Route 5 in Metro's proposal. (Photo by author)
King County Metro unveiled its initial Northgate Bus-to-Link restructure proposal yesterday at a press briefing at King Street Center. The emphasis is on additional crosstown bus service to bring transit riders to the three new North Seattle light rail stations opening in 2021 with the Northgate Link...
Route 70 is not a bus that riders are thrilled to ride--it's crowded and often stuck in traffic in South Lake Union. But there's a plan to fix that, and, thanks to the more reliable, speedy service at more frequent intervals, the City projects it would more...
Washington Hall was filled to the brim with Sawant supporters. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
Washington Hall has packed on Monday for Councilmember Kshama Sawant's swearing in and rally to tax big business to fund social housing. Hundreds looked on as a diverse group of left-wing leaders voiced their support for progressive taxation and Councilmember Sawant's vision for sustainably-built publicly-owned housing.
The first Sound Transit Board committee meeting of 2020 was an eventful one as staff presented three options to deliver a NE 130th Street light rail station that is being added to the Lynnwood Link extension. The station will give Seattle one more station nestled between Northgate...
Youth climate activists organized the first Fridays for the Future rally on March 22, 2019. District 4 City Council candidate Shaun Scott attended and gave a brief talk encouraging activists. (Photo by author)
Yesterday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced executive action ending the use of fracked gas infrastructure in City buildings. It represents a small step toward decoupling our government from fossil fuels and achieving the vision of the Seattle Green New Deal, but an important one. "The...
JUMP is the only bikeshare operator in Seattle as of 2020. (Photo by author)
JUMP is the only bikeshare operator left standing in Seattle in 2020. Although the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has permitted more than 10,000 bikeshare bikes in the city, JUMP's estimated 3,500 e-assist bikes are the sum total for now, after Lime suspended its bikeshare program at...
Seattle Planning Commissions's Growth Strategy White Paper dropped on January 7th, 2020.
Yesterday, the Seattle Planning Commission released a Growth Strategy White Paper calling for dramatic changes to Seattle's zoning. The white paper builds upon the commission's Neighborhoods For All Report from last year, and single-family zoning reform clearly remains on the agenda. "Wrestling with housing...
Even a few miles from Downtown, single family homes start taking over. Madrona is not an urban village. (Photo by author)
Last week, the Growth Management Hearings Board issued a ruling denying an appeal of recent zoning changes brought by a coalition of homeowner groups that call themselves the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity (SCALE). With the ruling, Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) upzones will stay in...