Thursday, 16 July, 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.
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...
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...