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.
The United States Census bureau released its decennial population figures today and revealed that Washington state's 7,705,281 residents represents 14.6% growth or nearly one million additional residents since the 2010 Census. The nation grew by 7.35%, surpassing 331 million residents. That's the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression. Washington’s...
The Seattle City Council is contemplating issuing bonds for $75 million to be spent on bridge maintenance projects instead of funding $80 million in safe streets maintenance and improvement projects over the next two decades. Even for people who like that tradeoff, the catch is that Seattle's bridge funding...
Leslie Kern teaches feminist geography, but she is under no illusion that straightforward solutions can magically cure the imbalance and violence baked into our cities. "No amount of lighting is going abolish the patriarchy," she writes, pointing to research from feminist geographers Hille Koskela and Rachel Pain revealing that widened...
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's conviction for murdering George Floyd led many to breath a sigh of relief. It was the first time a White police officer had been convicted of murder in Minnesota, and all it took to get that conviction was a nine-minute video depicting the state-sanctioned...
viaducts shunt traffic off the West Seattle high and low bridge in Youngstown.
Five months ago, Councilmember Alex Pedersen argued that the $20 vehicle license fee, passed by the city council, should be dedicated to bridge maintenance. Council President M. Lorena González marshalled the votes to delay that spending decision until the spring to allow for outreach and stakeholder engagement work. The...
Lowe's superstore and garden center viewed from the parking lot.
News that Amazon was planning a large distribution center in Mount Baker caught fire last week, and many people were rightfully outraged. This important 13-acre site sits at the crossroads of the Central District, the Rainier Valley, and Beacon Hill -- the heart of a Black, Indigenous, and people...
Getting urbanism right is a big reason Jessyn Farrell is running for Mayor of Seattle. "In an era where we're reckoning with systemic racism and fifty years of growing income equality, we really need to show the way where cities can continue to be an excellent way of organizing ourselves,...
But legislature's "grand bargain" complicates the picture and may tie bills to highway expansion package. Sign our letter to oppose that. Last Thursday, the Washington Senate cleared two hurdles that had dogged them for years, finally approving a low-carbon clean fuels standard and leveling a price on carbon emissions from...