Saturday, 4 July, 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.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) repeatedly tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed crowds during the first two weeks of protests, but the Seattle City Council sought to close the door on this tactic yesterday. Councilmember Kshama Sawant's bill banning tear gas, pepper spray, and blast balls passed unanimously, as did her...
People look on a cordoned off Pine Street just before protesters add "Black Lives Matter Way" in big block letters. (Photo by author)
Like a phoenix rising from an ashy war zone, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone ("CHAZ") emerged after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) abandoned the East Precinct. To many Capitol Hill residents, it's a big improvement over the nightly police clashes that clouded their neighborhood in tear gas, pepper...
Metro heads toward West Seattle via Spokane Street low bridge. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on transit systems nationwide. King County Metro is grappling with what that means for service levels. Fare revenue has evaporated as Metro implemented fare-free transit to allow all-door boarding and to cordon off the front of the bus to...
"Welcome to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" reads a new sign on Pine Street. (Photo by Michael Goldman)
After a desperate final stand Sunday night in which they again tear-gassed protesters (this time with Councilmember Kshama Sawant in the crowd), the Seattle Police Department (SPD) retreated Monday after boarding up the building and removing valuables. Protesters have taken over the building and...
Shaun Scott at Gas Works Park. (Photo credit: Alex Garland)
Our monthly meetup guest this month was former Seattle City Council candidate Shaun Scott. On Tuesday, he touched on a wide range of topics from what he learned on his campaign (running on systemic progressive change including police accountability and abolition) and what the protests of the...
A wall of police with riot shields outside East Precinct.
Police again deployed chemical weapons and flash bang grenades on nonviolent protesters Saturday night, but by midnight four Seattle City Councilmembers were standing at the East Precinct barricades using their bodies and voices to de-escalate police. A petition calling for Mayor Jenny Durkan to resign or face...
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee did something that normally would have made big news if not for police riots and Mayoral abdication of responsibility grabbing headlines. The Governor announced he was extending Washington's statewide rent freeze and eviction moratorium through August 1st, providing some more breathing room...
The sixth day of Black Lives Matter protests felt like a turning point and perhaps even a moment of catharsis--while activists acknowledged the work ahead to convert energy into policy. The crescendo came when Nikkita Oliver emerged from City Hall to address the...