Saturday, 4 July, 2020

Doug Trumm

478 POSTS 73 COMMENTS
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.
Mayor Ed Murray announced $47 million in funding for affordable housing via the City's optional incentive zoning program and the housing levy at a 10:15am press conference yesterday outside the Capitol Hill Staion. On that very site, now a parking lot, Capitol Hill Housing will build 110 affordable units by 2019...
In a blow to the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda (HALA), Hearing Examiner Sue Tanner issued a ruling that the City of Seattle must conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before moving ahead with its proposed accessory dwelling unit (ADU) changes to single-family residential zones across the city. Drafting and finalizing...
Right before snow coated the Emerald City's streets on Thursday, more than a hundred housing advocates gathered at the Central Library to hear a panel titled "Building Affordability Through Community Ownership". Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Puget Sound Sage Director Rebecca Saldaña (who was just appointed 37th Legislative District State Senator last night)...
When I criticized Sightline's framing of Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program, a few people suggested I was providing "fodder to NIMBYs." I'm not sure my argument for bigger upzones to get a larger inclusionary requirement is the kind of cover the John Fox crowd is seeking. We at The Urbanist...
Yesterday The Seattle Times ran a story titled "Seattle’s newest apartments: ‘prison cell’ with no door for toilet." It's easy to channel righteous anger at housing intended to serve folks making well below the median income in Seattle--which has climbed beyond $80,000 for Seattle households. They can't even close a door when they're pooping!...
This weekend I took a trip on the Empire Builder train to Leavenworth, Washington to see the Christmas lighting ceremony the Bavarian-themed town performs each day to adoring crowds from around the region. Riding Amtrak provided a fun alternative to braving the mountain pass in a car. The return...
On Tuesday Sightline Institute's Executive Director Alan Durning and Senior Researcher Dan Bertolet published a long meditation on inclusionary zoning (IZ) economics that misrepresented several key facts and relied heavily on argument by analogy rather than empirical data. The article--although focused on how inclusionary zoning is generally problematic--actually argues...
We urbanists love cities. We spend a lot of time studying them, reading about them, writing about them, and savoring them in our own little ways. Some urbanists have even claimed cities are the machine that kills fascists. But, alas, there's a limit to what the idea of a city can accomplish in the...