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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.
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...
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 taxi or...
Two teens walk along the edge of Aurora with no sidewalk and streams of cars going by.
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 far too...
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 want to...
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 1,000 to...
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 could well...
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 Durkan may be building momentum." Mayor...
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 that Mayor Jenny Durkan's budget went...