Saturday, 30 May, 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.
On April 3rd, Washington's Supreme Court denied a motion to hear Seattle's income tax case enshrining a lower court ruling that struck down a 1984 state law that banned city income taxes. However, that same state Court of Appeals ruling also invalidated Seattle's 2.25% income tax passed...
Green Lake Park as of Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
In a move to combat coronavirus spread, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced yesterday that 15 of Seattle's largest or most popular parks would be closed this weekend and urged residents to stay home. The parks--Alki, Arboretum, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Green Lake, Golden Gardens, Kubota Garden,...
Seattle's design review process has been on a hold for about a month now due distancing measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, Mayor Jenny Durkan unveiled a work around to keep projects advancing so that the housing pipeline does not dry up, punctuating this crisis with...
Route 44 is Seattle's busiest crosstown bus and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has a plan to roll out some bus lanes and safety improvements in 2023. How extensive those improvements are will depend on public pressure. SDOT is considering bus lanes near the troublesome intersections...
King County Metro's third busiest bus route doesn't have fancy RapidRide branding. You'll often see it (sometimes represented by some of the oldest buses in Metro's fleet) slogging through Mercer Mess traffic in South Lake Union or stuck behind boat and car traffic at the Fremont Bridge,...
Time Square is a good place to avoid pandemic or no. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
If you're a newspaper columnist or governor of New York, a pandemic is a great time to trot out medieval myths, repackage them like new, and feast on everyone's anxiety to bring antiquated ideas into vogue once more. And that's how you end up with "density is...
The West Seattle Bridge is closed until further notice. Mayor Jenny Durkan said the bridge "cannot safely support vehicular traffic at this time" at a press conference called yesterday after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) detected worsening cracking in girders supporting the 36-year-old bridge, which serves...
Yesterday King County Metro announced broad service cuts affecting nearly every route starting on Monday March 23, while Sound Transit is also reducing service and the Monorail is already shut down. Link light rail will operate at 14-minute headways, the same frequency that it had been operating...