Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Doug Trumm

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Doug Trumm is the Publication Director at The Urbanist. He joined the exodus to Seattle in 2014, leaving behind his home state of Minnesota. Living on disputed land between Wallingford and Fremont, he is doing his best to improve both neighborhoods. He is a grad student at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a marketing intern at King County Metro. His views are his own and do not represent his employer.
On Tuesday, the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition released a post-mortem report on the three-week viaduct closure and proclaimed the success of non-car commutes. "The closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct was hyped as a potential traffic disaster that Seattle would have to...
2018 was a big year. We're excited with what we accomplished at The Urbanist, but we're also aware of the need to make our organization more durable. Volunteers come and go, as do donors, but somebody still has to write stories, organize events, and keep the lights...
Yesterday Mayor Jenny Durkan released the long-awaited engineering review of the Center City Connector streetcar project and announced she was supporting the project. The Mayor pledged she'd work with the Seattle City Council to find funding to close the budget shortfall, estimated at $65 million for the...
We've seen a lot of wistful eulogies for the Alaskan Way Viaduct. This is not one. I hope the viaduct's concrete spirit burns in highway hell next to a bunch of other overbuilt freeways that have fueled massive carbon emissions and paved our way to a climate...
On Monday, two projects went before the Northeast Design Review Board, each for their second round of Early Design Guidance. Each promised to deliver more than 100 homes, but in markedly different ways. The first project is on a spacious 35,000 square foot lot...
Yesterday morning Mayor Jenny Durkan announced she had hired retired Air Force Major General Michael Worden to a newly created position--Director of Citywide Mobility Operations Coordination--at a salary of $195,000. After his 30-year military career, Worden worked as a defense contractor for Lockheed Martin for six years...
I'm proud of the work our team of volunteer writers produced in 2018. We covered Seattle urbanism and politics with nuance and depth, offering commentaries, interviews, and policy deep dives. On occasion we delivered biting critiques when the Seattle Times Editorial Board really went overboard, such as...
As 2018 draws to an end, it's the time for reflection and last ditch efforts to get you to read some of fine volunteer journalism this year. 2018 was a year of setbacks, but also of groundwork laid. It was Mayor Jenny Durkan...