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Governor Inslee with a mask speaking in front of I-5 Ship Canal Bridge.
On March 5th, Governor Jay Inslee stood in front of the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge in Seattle and urged the state legislature to pass a transportation package this session. Just what should be in the package is less certain, but we at The Urbanist wanted to join the clarion...
In Washington state, our leaders like to talk about environmental protection and climate action. And then it comes time to pass a transportation funding package and those values go out the window. This year was shaping up to be no different until Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) stepped up with...
A drawing of a city with people in transit, biking, walking, rolling a wheelchair, and sitting in a park with mountains in background.
The Urbanist has joined Futurewise in its Washington Can't Wait campaign seeking to reform the Growth Management Act (GMA) to incorporate sustainability, equity, and housing justice. We invite you to join in sending a letter to state legislators during our week of action for Futurewise's Washington Can't Wait campaign. The goal...
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 analysis revealing...
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 weeks as an open street, but--despite...
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, and 800,000 acres and counting in...
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 30 people...
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, bridges are an obsession. Every campaign...