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.
State Senator Reuven Carlyle has been in a reflective mood lately. Unfortunately those reflections demonstrate a misunderstanding of the funding issues involved and cavalier attitude toward much needed transit upgrades for his district. Robert Cruickshank penned an excellent rebuttal for The Urbanist. Carlyle posted further reflections that—though conciliatory—didn't seem...
Last week it seemed like the Seattle City Council might approve the Seattle Police Department's North Precinct design and fund the $149 million project today. However, ahead of the 2:00pm full council meeting (which you can watch here), councilmember Lorena González released a reworded resolution that punts on final...
Relative to other medium-sized American cities, Seattle has a good bus network. What it doesn't have is a true bus rapid transit (BRT) line. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) wants to change that with "Madison Bus Rapid Transit," as it has labeled a new project in a corridor...
The controversial, expensive, and seemingly rushed-through North Seattle police precinct is now headed for a vote of the full City Council on Monday, which is currently down its most vocal member, with Kshama Sawant out of the country. At Wednesday's meeting of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans...
It was a packed agenda for the Seattle City Council yesterday with a range of land use and housing topics passing across the dais. These included six items on the agenda: A rezone in Lake City focused on urban design; A suite of new renter protections; An alley vacation for...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced its final plan to makeover a three block section of N 34th St in Fremont. The plan is a hodgepodge of protected bike lanes (good), preserved angle parking (bad), and an oversized 15-foot-wide travel lane (very bad). SDOT expects to complete the...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) revealed on Saturday its preliminary timeline for rolling out the seven RapidRide+ lines promised in the Move Seattle transportation levy. Madison and Delridge come first in 2019, whereas the 23rd Ave E upgrade isn't slated until 2024. Seeing the timelines makes the bus...
Urban Geometry: Human Transit's Jarrett Walker argued that the transportation vision billionaire Elon Musk laid out failed to account for the basic geometry of urban roads, i.e. you can't fit that many cars on them even if they are driverless. This one's really been making the rounds so read...