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.
Seven-story midrise apartments along a pedestrian plaza.
Social housing composes 8.6% of Seattle's housing stock, which is well below many peer cities around the globe. Some standouts are far ahead. In Singapore, that number is around 80% and in Vienna it's more than 60%. Other cities are gaining ground fast. Paris is on pace to hit...
State senators and representatives are scrambling to get their bills out of committee with a "Do Pass" recommendation before the cutoff on Monday, February 22nd. An exception allows revenue-generating bills a longer lease on life if they are declared "necessary to implement the budget," so don't worry about "tax...
Mayor Durkan delivers her speech
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's final state of the city speech was just six minutes long. Typically, the annual speech is about four times longer, but, as Durkan's agenda has gotten shorter, so too has her speech. Durkan is not running for reelection so she has just ten months of...
The view of the downtown skyline looking down Stone Way with a construction site.
An up-and-coming neighborhood sandwiched on the border of Fremont and Wallingford has added 2,000 apartments in a decade, and another wave is on the way with eight-story projects. The Stone Way corridor has changed a lot over the past decade. Thousands of new apartments have replaced warehouses, parking lots, and...
A women charges an electric sedan.
All new cars sold in Washington in 2030 or thereafter would be electric if House Bill 1204 or senate companion bill Senate Bill 5256 becomes law. Representative Nicole Macri (D-Seattle) first brought the Clean Cars 2030 bill to hearing in 2020. Her bill returns this year, with its first...
A park-like is shown over the freeway trench in this cross section.
The City of Seattle may have quietly released its Lid I-5 feasibility report late last year, but the results trumpet the benefits of lidding freeways in urban environments. Inspired by advocacy from Lid I-5 Seattle and bolstered by the $1.5 million lined up through the public benefits package from...
Three construction workers in Sound Transit vests walk a construction site with crane overhead.
Rapid transit help could be on the way for Seattle. House Bill 1304, a bill to enable local rapid transit funding, has its first hearing scheduled on Tuesday, February 9th in the House Local Government Committee. Shaun Kuo covered the proposal when author Representative David Hackney (D-11th Legislative District) first...
On Tuesday, Washington House Democrats revealed an ambitious transportation package exceeding dueling senate proposals by more than $10 billion. The 16-year package would raise $26 billion, with $8 billion set aside for carbon reduction projects--$17 billion, meanwhile, is in a highway-related category. The bill relies primarily on increases to the...