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.
On Thursday, Ryan Packer wrote that "South Lake Union Is For Cars" based on the Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) rather Sisyphean efforts to reduce traffic congestion on Mercer Street. After previously spending $140 million to upgrade the street, SDOT recently invested invested millions more in so-called "smart" technology of...
Update: This story has been corrected to reflect that the City of Seattle does not require private developers to spend 1% of their budgets on art. The program applies to public projects, such as parks, libraries, community centers, and bridges; it stipulates 1% of eligible city capital improvement project...
Cary Moon: Eli Sanders interviewed our newest mayoral candidate Cary Moon revealing some details about her platform. Turning Blue: Can Democrats turn Eastern Washington blue if 2018 blue wave? Heidi Groover said yes after spending the day with Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart who's already campaigning against Rep. Cathy...
Early Wednesday morning a detachment of about 15 Seattle Police Department officers dispersed a group of people camped inside Black Dot, which is located within the Midtown Center in the Central District. Focused on serving Black entrepreneurs, the community space had already faced intimidation tactics and been pressured with eviction. Black...
Mayor Mike McGinn cutting the ribbon on the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway as kids on bikes line up to get a first ride. (Credit: Dennis Bratland)
Former Mayor Mike McGinn declared Monday he's joining the race and seeking a rematch against Mayor Ed Murray, who beat him by 8,500 votes in 2013. It's not just Murray and McGinn in the race. Lawyer/poet/activist Nikkita Oliver might have something to say about that. Plus, a fourth major...
The City of Seattle put out a Request for Proposals (RFPs) to renovate Seattle Center Coliseum (better known as KeyArena despite the bank's lapse in paying naming rights loyalties) on January 11th. Two proposals emerged and yesterday the Seattle City Council got an update on the plans at a...
Seattle Councilmember Mike O'Brien revealed today that Seattle's incentive zoning program has been shortchanged by $3.4 million due to inaccurate reporting, discovered via an investigation by the City Auditor. Incentive Zoning is a program wherein developers voluntarily contribute to the City's affordable housing fund in exchange for extra floor area for their...
We want to echo what Seattle Subway wrote in the Seattle Transit Blog and encourage our readers to contact Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington) and urge him to veto any recent cuts to Sound Transit's funding that appear headed for his desk. We would suggest adding House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-Wallingford)...