Monday, 24 June, 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.
Just a few months ago, Sound Transit released its Draft Plan for the Sound Transit 3 expansion plan. Seattle transit advocates quickly hailed the proposal as a flop for reasons ranging from delivery timelines and at-grade rail to lack of commitments to infill stations and studies for additional light rail...
This past Thursday, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a plan to build 2,200 affordable housing units near light rail stations in the next six years. The way the plan works: Sound Transit lends its AAA credit rating so that the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) can take out...
Some of us at The Urbanist have discussed highlighting the role of education and improving Seattle public schools as a central plank of Seattle urbanism looking into the future. We aim to bring more articles on that topic. Let's start with the low-hanging fruit of a long-delayed, much-anticipated prospect...
Have you ever walked around a single-family residential area in Seattle and come across a duplex, triplex, or apartment building that seemed just a little out of place? If you have, it’s probably because the structure was built prior to the adoption of single-family zoning—and not because it’s located...
Jane Jacobs, a hero to many an urbanist, was born one hundred years ago today. This weekend, Seattle is celebrating with "Jane's Walks" throughout the city, daring to blend historical education, exercise, urbanism, and honoring the legacy of Jane Jacobs into one easy-to-digest package. Look for more details on...
The Seattle City Council surprised some yesterday when it voted against an Occidental Avenue street vacation that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen requested in order to clear the way for a new arena in SoDo to maybe lure an NBA franchise back to Seattle. The vote turned out to split...
Sound Transit extended the deadline for comment on its Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan to Monday (May 2nd at 5pm). You can fill out the online survey here. It doesn't appear that Sound Transit is significantly changing its plan despite some good reasons to do so. So, please take the...
The bus stop at 38th Street and Fremont Way — the glorified name for the Aurora Avenue on-ramp — does the heavy lifting for transit users in Lower Fremont. From there it's a quick ride Downtown on Aurora. One bus you won't be catching there though is the RapidRide...