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.
Mayor Ed Murray called a lunch hour press conference outside the University Heights Center and championed the City's plan to implement zoning and urban design changes in the University District. The Mayor stressed that the plan links the rezone to measures to boost affordable housing and improve livability by...
Caron Architecture, a local design firm, will present their 4201 Stone Way proposal to the Northeast Design Review Board tonight (September 12th) for the second round of Early Design Guidance (EDG). The site currently houses Cabinetpak Kitchens, a cabinetmaker showroom dominated its large garage with three doors facing Stone Way. The preferred option...
While trying to score the Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design by the ITDP rubric, one must assess whether Madison Street is a top ten corridor for transit. I didn't have a good answer off the bat. Intuitively, it seemed other corridors clearly have busier buses, but they are...
I was going to include a SeaTac zoning map in my story on the Angle Lake Station—which opens later this month. Unfortunately, the SeaTac website was down that Sunday night—so no zoning map. Belated as it might be, here's the map and it shows that SeaTac has some dense...
South Lake Union isn’t known for unique architecture, but that could change if an intriguing new project proceeds at Denny Way and Stewart Street. Curvy undulating balconies protrude from two 42-story towers and anchor a wealth of hanging plants to make the face of the towers feel like a...
Angle Lake is the current southern terminus of Link, but the Federal Way Link Extension will add three stations to the south. (Sound Transit)
Yesterday Sound Transit announced that Angle Lake Station will open on Saturday September 24th. The elevated station sits 1.6 miles south of Airport Station, currently the southern terminus of the Link light rail line. Angle Lake will be the furthest south you can go until the Kent/Des Moines extension is...
In his Sunday Seattle Times column, Brier Dudley argued detached single family homes were the key to solving Seattle's housing affordability crisis. His solution is detached from reality. First of all, Seattle simply lacks the space to add new single-family homes in sufficient numbers to meet demand. Secondly, the high...
Shoreline has the opportunity to become a leader in transit-oriented development. Tonight at 7pm the Shoreline Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the 145th Street Station Subarea Plan as the Shoreline City Council appears intent on passing the preferred "Compact Community Hybrid" alternative that would set Shoreline...