Tuesday, 23 July, 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.
The first public hearing on Councilmember Mike O'Brien's backyard cottage proposal is Tuesday June 11th, and housing activists under the umbrella group More Options for Accessory Residency (MOAR) are hosting a rally at City Hall at 5:15pm right before the hearing to turn people out. The policy...
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West Seattle really wants a tunnel have you heard? While that desire been clear for a good while, no serious funding plans for the tunnel option--which would cost at least $700 million more--have materialized. The latest idea from the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) was...
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