Saturday, 31 October, 2020

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The Urbanist was founded in 2014 to examine and influence urban policies. We believe cities provide unique opportunities for addressing many of the most challenging social, environmental, and economic problems. We serve as a resource for promoting and disseminating ideas, creating community, increasing political participation, and improving the places we live.
The West Seattle Bridge was just 36-years-young when it cracked, sagged, and threatened to collapse, adding another layer of pollution to the already highly polluted Duwamish River. The city grappled with what to do: repair or replace. Yesterday the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released its cost-benefit...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is loosing the cars on Lake Washington Boulevard on Monday, but it should stay an open street permanently dedicated to people walking, rolling, and biking. Lake Washington Boulevard has proved a popular biking and pedestrian route after ten...
Fremont rooftops with a haze of smoke over and sun barely poking through.
A week of forest fires and skies choked with toxic smoke was a sobering reminder of the fragility of our environment. An incredible amount of Cascadia is burnt or ablaze. More than three million acres have burned in California, one million acres in Oregon,...
Protesters react with fists raised in solidarity as Nikkita Oliver takes the stage at City Hall on Wednesday June 3rd. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
George Floyd's murder was the tip of the iceberg when it comes to police murders. Despite efforts by Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) to frame this as a Minneapolis problem, police violence is very much a local problem, too. Seattle police have killed...
While some are in a rush to rebuild aging bridges and expand car capacity, less is more when it comes to car lanes. Instead we must prioritize people walking, rolling, and biking on our bridges. In a city as surrounded by water as Seattle,...
A Stay Healthy Street in Beacon Hill. (Photo by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways)
The Urbanist has been urging the City of Seattle to pedestrianize streets and create a safe biking network for years, but the pandemic has made the case all the more urgent. Walking to the store or to work is many people’s safest transportation option--safer than hailing a...
Pedestrians walking on Aurora Avenue where sidewalks do not exist. (Photo by Lee Bruch)
On Black Friday, a motorist attempting a turn from Aurora Avenue to N 39th St careened over the curb and plowed into a family walking on the sidewalk. The daughter died on the spot and her older brother later at the hospital. The two lives snuffed out...
Pick up your copy of an anti-racism book at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. (Credit: Elliott Bay Book Company)
When America elected a White Nationalist three years ago, we ramped up our work to better understand structural racism, Whiteness, and how unjust systems stay stubbornly in place. Do you want to explore why oppressive systems keep getting reproduced generation after generation, despite good intentions? Do you...