Tuesday, 26 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.
DACA Holder Gets ICE'd: The white nationalist empire struck back as ICE detained Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA holder, on what appears to be trumped up charges. So far his lawyers still haven't been able to free him. It is the first known case of a deferred action Dreamer being...
Yesterday both the City of Seattle and Community Package Coalition told the planners of the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition that the public benefit package was too small for the 1.5 million square foot project that is still holding out hope to break ground this year. The WSCC received this...
Wallingford is booming around Gas Works Park. AMLI Partners recently opened twin apartment buildings with 239 units, and the big Northedge office building (pictured above) is mostly completed and has been filling up quickly. Rapidly-growing data visualization software company Tableau rented up the entire office building and has been moving more people...
Those who oppose development in Seattle have no greater symbol than the so-called "Up House" in Ballard where Edith Macefield held out against the developer who brought Trader Joe's and LA Fitness to the neighborhood enveloping her home on three sides. You can listen to her story on this 99...
Late-night bus service is poised to get a major upgrade this year. The Night Owl route network will get a boost in service hours and see the legacy spaghetti routes give way to a connected, legible network. Up to 11,000 service hours would be allocated to expanded late-night bus service...

What Upzoning Can Do

"The solution: Americans, together and all at once, would have to stop thinking about their homes as an investment," Conor Dougherty wrote in The Upshot this past Friday, which is an intriguing proposition others have echoed. Implementing policies that furthers housing as a necessity rather than an investment is a good idea. But unfortunately...
Uber has been in the news lately for offering cities a smidgen of their data on traffic patterns. Like so many things with Uber, the company insists what it's doing is truly and utterly revolutionary. Traffic data management seems to be another scheme in Uber's overarching plot to worm its...
At high noon today Roosevelt-based safe streets advocate Andres Salomon announced he's running for mayor, becoming the first credible person to challenge incumbent Mayor Ed Murray. Salomon's campaign has identified four main issues: transportation, housing, policing, and technology-particularly municipal broadband. On transportation, his campaign will make road safety and Vision Zero a major issue: "I'm...