Sunday, 9 August, 2020

Doug Trumm

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Doug Trumm is The Urbanist's Executive Director. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.
New high-rises could be on the way for the University District (U District) for the first time since the 1970's. In a significant unanimous vote yesterday, the Seattle City Council approved a neighborhood-wide rezone that could allow buildings as tall as 320 feet--at least in one pocket. Most of...
A five-year process could finally be coming to fruition Tuesday as the Seattle City Council votes on the University District Rezone and Urban Design Proposal at its 2pm meeting. Passing the rezone would finally take Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) to a neighborhood-wide scale and give a serious boost to affordable housing...
Transitioning Seattle's transit network from streetcars to buses and trolleys was greeted as cutting edge in 1940. It doesn't feel that way now. Regardless, this promotional video (by Cinema Screen Service Seattle) for the looting of the streetcar network offers plenty of interesting footage of what Seattle and its transit...
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...