Sunday, 21 April, 2019

Editorial Board

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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 Urbanist's Editorial Board is comprised of its senior editors, publication director, and senior reporter.
Some political leaders are in full court press to add a West Seattle tunnel to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package. Apart from adding at least $700 million in costs, Sound Transit can discern minimal operational benefits to such a decision. Projected ridership would only increase by...
Team Urbanism took some lumps in 2018, but there's plenty of opportunities to turn the tables and advance the cause in 2019. Our writers each lay out their hopes for progress in the coming year and what emerges is a bold vision of social justice urbanism that...
Mayor Jenny Durkan had her one-year anniversary in office on Wednesday so apparently that means it's report card season. The Seattle Times started that train Sunday with a Daniel Beekman piece with the optimistic headline "After political storms in first year, Seattle Mayor Jenny...
The Seattle City Council is frantically putting a final budget together with a big day of hearings on Wednesday November 14th. The Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) coalition (of which we are a member) is urging action to preserve important transportation priorities. We reported...
The Urbanist Editorial Board endorses the Basic Bike Network plan proposed by the Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and championed by Seattle Bike Blog. We must build out a safe bike network as soon as possible. Advocates waited and waited as One Center City dealmaking delayed the...
The recent gas explosion ripped a hole in Greenwood’s heart just as it was entering a new era of economic vibrancy. Greenwood’s many vacant storefronts had been filling up, reflecting a renewed appreciation for a business district built around the last in-city stop of the Interurban Streetcar. The neighborhood...
The Urbanist Board of Directors has submitted a letter to the Seattle Department of Transportation endorsing several neighborhood organizations' public benefit requests for the Convention Center Addition. The project would redevelop the entire site at Convention Place Station in Downtown Seattle as well as two isolated blocks to the north...
The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition will be a $1.4 billion, 1.5 million square feet structure that doubles visitor and exhibition capacity. John Feit, chair of the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council (PPUNC), is partnering with Scott Bonjukian, our Education and Programming Director, to bring you an exclusive tour...