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.
The saga of Civic Square will take a step closer to a conclusion at a second Early Design Guidance meeting with the Downtown Design Review Board tomorrow. James K.M. Cheng's curvy design rises 57 stories and provides a public plaza at ground level, as the Seattle City Council stipulated...
The Amtrak Cascades tragedy provided an opening for a certain troll-in-chief to promote his infrastructure plan. If the Republican infrastructure plan--which at one point proposed eliminating Amtrak service to 220 cities--was worth the paper it was written on, this could have been excused. It's not though, and urbanists should...
As 2017 draws to a close, we're reviewing our top ten most read articles of the year. Looking back, themes emerge, such as the fact that readers of The Urbanist really like rail maps. So, cartographers, get working on new material for 2018. Other popular topics were eliminating single-family...
Responding to criticism about a lack of late night transit service on New Year's Eve, King County is not only extending service to 4am this New Year, but also making transit free all day New Year's Eve. King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove proposed the idea and fought to get...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released a few bikeshare data morsels to the Pedestrian Advisory Board last week. Seatte's system of privately-operated free-floating bikeshare continued to post solid numbers in the "Mid-Pilot Check-in." Buoyed by free ride promotions, the five-month-long pilot program has surpassed the million mile mark...
Mayor Jenny Durkan announced $100 million of affordable housing investment yesterday at a press conference at the Filipino Community Center in Rainier Valley. The $100 million more than doubled last year's Seattle Office of Housing budget, which tallied $47 million. Seattle passing a doubled housing levy and the Seattle City...
The first run of Amtrak Cascades service to Portland using the Port Defiance Bypass ended in tragedy as it derailed near Dupont, Washington. Some of traincars spilled off a railbridge and onto southbound I-5, colliding with five vehicles. Three train passengers died and more than 70 were injured. Our...
Thursday morning the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) hosted a drop-in session on the redesign of NE 65th St at Broadcast Coffee in Roosevelt. A few dozen people trickled through to get questions answered or give feedback. Some street safety advocates pressed SDOT to improve the design, particularly for...