Tuesday, 15 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.
Reading the tea leaves of the Sound Transit Board, serving Ballard is a clear priority for Sound Transit 3 (ST3). But the Board evidently favors a Ballard-Downtown line via Interbay (I'll just refer to this as Interbay henceforth for brevity). Ballard-University District (Ballard Spur) light rail might offer greater benefits...
Tall timber tower: Lever Architecture has proposed a 130-foot timber-framed tower in Portland's Pearl District. It would be one of tallest wood towers in the US. Other Tall Timber Towers: Paris and Stockholm plan to push timber-framed buildings into the 30-story range. Civic Square: Triad has sixty days to find a...
Bus rapid transit (BRT) proponents argue that dense population and growth centers of West Seattle are too spread out to be effectively served by one light rail line, and they'd say even a dual line wouldn't cut it. It's a worthy debate that has been extensively hashed out between light...
To make a long story short, I'm making the case a wide subway loop around Lake Union. To accomplish, all you need to do is build the Ballard Spur and the first part of the Metro 8 Subway, and then loop these stub lines together via Central Link's Capitol...
The sausage has been made and the federal transportation bill has emerged from the conference committee with a treacly new name: Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST”). “Fixing” is much too ambitious of a word for a 5-year, $305 billion bill. Maybe “hot-gluing”, but fixing America’s rickety infrastructure in...
It's easiest to document the changes taking place outside your own window, which for me looks out on Woodland Park Avenue and Stone Way. From my vantage alone, I can see two large construction sites. Frelingford is undergoing a transformation. What is Frelingford? What is Frelingford, you ask? Well that's the...
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog recently covered architect Christopher Patano's plan to put a "lid" on I-5 through a two-mile segment, alongside First Hill and Capitol Hill to create a linear park. It's an exciting idea. Obviously, it would be very expensive and require a huge political lift. But let's...
Seattle's Office of Housing is set to make the largest annual investment to affordable housing in its history, as Mayor Ed Murray's office announced via this press release. The 2015 award is the largest ever annual investment in affordable housing by the City. Last year, the Office of Housing awarded...