Saturday, 19 October, 2019

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.
Sound Transit has finalized its Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package outlining the next 25 years worth of high-capacity transit investments. Most of the lines have been pretty well discussed, but one that is less so is SR-522 bus rapid transit (BRT). For a relatively paltry $387,000,000 or so, Sound...
Parking To Plowshares: At the site of a surface parking lot at Melrose and Pine, SolTerra is planning a 7-story tiered mixed-use building with first-floor retail and a top level restaurant space right next to the I-5 trench (and potentially future freeway lid.) Ongoing Housing Crisis: Kriston Capps writes that...
It's no secret that Seattle is in the midst of a housing crisis. Zillow estimates that Seattle's median rent is up 12.1% from 2015 to 2016. Seattle's median rent has now reached intimidating height of $2,429. That rate of rent jump led the nation, as other markets, apparently, cooled...
Here we find ourselves again: trying to untangle a web of lies, insanity, and inanity courtesy of the crack editorial board at The Seattle Times led by publisher and CEO Frank Blethen of Mercer Island. The Blethen Family Singers opined Sunday that it was time to slow down rather...
The Ballard Historical Society has completed their crowd sourced, street inventory of Ballard buildings built before 1965. The survey area extends from 8th Ave NW to the Bluff, 58th St, and 85th St.  All told, some 7,200 building were photographed with smart phones by over 100 volunteers who gave well over 1,000 combined...
A (Road) Diet That Really Works:  Early data shows that Rainier Avenue (the city's most deadly street) has seen 15 percent fewer collisions, 31 percent fewer injuries, and no deaths since SDOT instituted a pilot program road diet in a one mile stretch though Columbia City and Hillman City last...
The Seattle police are in the news again. This time for a lavish new $160 million North Precinct building that The Seattle Times' Brier Dudley claims is the most expensive precinct building in United States history. The epic structure contains a 106,082-square-foot precinct house straddling a 241,019-square-foot parking garage....
Wallingford is an idyllic neighborhood, but it's dealing with issues typical to much of Seattle: transportation woes, skyrocketing housing costs and an elevated risk of pedestrian, bicycle and motorist injuries on its streets. Broadly speaking, Wallingford should seek to become a more multimodal neighborhood with stronger transit, better bicycle...