Monday, 10 August, 2020

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.
This morning, as police swept the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) of tents, barricades, protesters, and journalists, it become clear Mayor Jenny Durkan was on the offensive. The previous day Mayor Durkan called on the Seattle City Council to investigate Councilmember Kshama Sawant citing a litany of...
Route 40 briefly uses Market Street to connect to 24th Avenue NW, sharing a stop with Route 44. (Photo by author)
Transportation funding is in serious peril due to a perfect storm, but there could be help on the horizon. The storm started in November when Initiative 976 (I-976) passed triggering car tab funding cuts unless the Washington Supreme Court steps in to invalidate them permanently this fall....
Yesterday, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced another expansion of its open streets program, adding pedestrian and cycling priority on neighborhood streets. Joining the ranks are Wallingford and Lake City, plus an extension of an existing "Stay Healthy Street" in Beacon Hill. Moreover,...
Mayor Jenny Durkan flanked by Andre Taylor at Monday press conference on the CHOP shooting. (Seattle Channel)
Mayor Jenny Durkan promised to disperse the Capitol Hill Organized Protest and reinstall police inside East Precinct "in the near future" at a press conference Monday. Seattle Police Department (SPD) Chief Carmen Best blamed the Seattle City Council's "hasty legislation" banning chemical weapons...
Lime-owned red Jump bikes in Ballard drop-off zone. (Courtesy of Lime)
Today Lime Bikes announced it had relaunched bikeshare with about 500 bikes, making Seattle the second city where Lime has relaunched bikes. The bikes are available only through the Uber app currently, but Lime plans to relaunch its own app down the road to provide another rental...
Black organizers planned a Black takeover or "Black Out" of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) during Juneteenth. However that celebration of Blackness was interrupted by a shooting that left one Black man dead and another man in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
The Martin Luther King County Labor Council voted Wednesday to remove the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) from its ranks, citing a need for antiracist practices. The move follows Seattle Police Department's (SPD's) violent response to recent protests of police murders. The vote was...
Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda unveiled a big business tax proposal called "JumpStart Seattle" today that would raise $200 million per year from the wealthiest companies in the city. A handful of business, labor, and nonprofit leaders joined Mosqueda, who chairs the Budget Committee, during the announcement and voiced...