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 Seattle City Council surprised some yesterday when it voted against an Occidental Avenue street vacation that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen requested in order to clear the way for a new arena in SoDo to maybe lure an NBA franchise back to Seattle. The vote turned out to split...
Sound Transit extended the deadline for comment on its Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan to Monday (May 2nd at 5pm). You can fill out the online survey here. It doesn't appear that Sound Transit is significantly changing its plan despite some good reasons to do so. So, please take the...
The bus stop at 38th Street and Fremont Way — the glorified name for the Aurora Avenue on-ramp — does the heavy lifting for transit users in Lower Fremont. From there it's a quick ride Downtown on Aurora. One bus you won't be catching there though is the RapidRide...
Battle lines are forming over the Occidental Avenue street vacation, which could (un)pave the way for Chris Hansen's basketball and soccer arena, ahead of a big vote expected at the May 2nd full council meeting. In the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, Sally Bagshaw was the only councilmember to vote...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is considering another slate of pedestrian-only events on Pike and Pine Streets this summer, building on the popularity of the pilot program last summer when the streets were closed to auto traffic between Broadway and 12th Avenue on three Saturdays in August. SDOT reported...
My initial impressions of Sound Transit's draft plan for Sound Transit 3 were that it was weighted too heavily to delivering project to the suburbs first rather than moving forward the highest ridership urban projects first. I suggesting adding in Ballard-to-UW subway line to give Ballard (and the rest...
On Monday, the Select Committee on the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy held a public hearing on doubling the housing levy and received very positive feedback. (See our tweets below for a brief play by play.) Joel Connelly reported that Mayor Ed Murray plans to use the $290 million planned in...
At a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Community Conversation in Wallingford last Wednesday, more than a hundred area residents showed up to participate. A few seemed there to rally behind HALA, but the majority opposed it. From my breakout session, I learned parking and urban tree canopy were...