Monday, 3 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.
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...
The Wallingford Community Council had its annual meeting Wednesday night and elected a new slate of board members, and, to make a long story short, I ran for one of three at-large board positions and lost. Everyone ran unopposed in advance of the meeting, but a community council member...
Just a few months ago, Sound Transit released its Draft Plan for the Sound Transit 3 expansion plan. Seattle transit advocates quickly hailed the proposal as a flop for reasons ranging from delivery timelines and at-grade rail to lack of commitments to infill stations and studies for additional light rail...
This past Thursday, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a plan to build 2,200 affordable housing units near light rail stations in the next six years. The way the plan works: Sound Transit lends its AAA credit rating so that the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) can take out...
Some of us at The Urbanist have discussed highlighting the role of education and improving Seattle public schools as a central plank of Seattle urbanism looking into the future. We aim to bring more articles on that topic. Let's start with the low-hanging fruit of a long-delayed, much-anticipated prospect...
Have you ever walked around a single-family residential area in Seattle and come across a duplex, triplex, or apartment building that seemed just a little out of place? If you have, it’s probably because the structure was built prior to the adoption of single-family zoning—and not because it’s located...