Sunday, 29 March, 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.
Time Square is a good place to avoid pandemic or no. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
If you're a newspaper columnist or governor of New York, a pandemic is a great time to trot out medieval myths, repackage them like new, and feast on everyone's anxiety to bring antiquated ideas into vogue once more. And that's how you end up with "density is...
The West Seattle Bridge is closed until further notice. Mayor Jenny Durkan said the bridge "cannot safely support vehicular traffic at this time" at a press conference called yesterday after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) detected worsening cracking in girders supporting the 36-year-old bridge, which serves...
Yesterday King County Metro announced broad service cuts affecting nearly every route starting on Monday March 23, while Sound Transit is also reducing service and the Monorail is already shut down. Link light rail will operate at 14-minute headways, the same frequency that it had been operating...
These obviously aren't normal times. The economy is teetering, election systems are straining, and hospitals are preparing for a deluge of cases. Many parts of society are shutting down, and many people are laid off or working from home, while others--like medical and delivery workers--are laboring in...
King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci announced yesterday that the County would not be advancing plans to run a transit package ballot measure in August. Since the measure was to be funded by a 0.2% sales tax, there was a fear it would exacerbate economic hardship from...
The Overlook Walk's forking staircase creates a unique shelter underneath. (City of Seattle)
Seattle is getting a Waterfront Park with an Overlook Walk connecting Pike Place Market to the Aquarium. This is made possible by the fact there won't be a gigantic highway viaduct between them. After the new $4 billion SR-99 tunnel opened, the Alaskan Way...
Rendering of I-395 interchange with pond. (WSDOT)
Yesterday was the last day of session for the Washington State Legislature and in one of their final acts legislators funded a bevy of transportation projects--primarily highway focused--to the tune of $10.4 billion. Governor Jay Inslee had put many projects on hold in November following the wake...
Safety advocates rejoiced today as the Washington State House passed House Bill 1793, which permits Seattle to use camera enforcement to dissuade motorists from blocking crosswalks and clogging bus lanes--a frequent problem. The House vote was along party lines with Republican members in lockstep against safety and...