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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 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...
The preferred WSCC expansion design hangs over the freeway at the west corner of Pine Street and Boren Avenue. At street level this corner of the building will have small retail spaces and building entries. The building's exterior will also have much greater transparency than the original WSCC facility. (LMN Architects)
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...
The first Urbanist walking tour of 2016 will be heading to Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating truly public market in North America. Join urbanist and staff contributor Ryan Packer on a trip through the market. Packer is well versed in Pike Place History as a board member and tour guide with...
The fate of Seattle's bikeshare program hangs in the balance. At a meeting of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee today, Councilmembers will hear from City staff on a plan for a municipal takeover of Pronto and possibly vote on an ordinance to rescue the bikeshare program. This comes on the heels of...
Come join us for our first meetup of 2016! We'll be at the Belltown Pub tomorrow (Tuesday, January 12th) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. You can find us in the loft space just beyond the bar area. As we revealed in December, we're changing up our meetups in a number of ways. Firstly, location...
As we wish you happy holidays, we thought we would share some of the ways different cities decorate and use public spaces at this time of year. In many parts of the northern hemisphere, the wintery weather and early sunsets prompts cities to decorate streets with seasonal lighting. While this time...

New Meetups for 2016

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For nearly two years now, we've held weekly meetups in Seattle. First as Roy Street Coffee & Tea on Capitol and then at Espresso Vivace in South Lake Union. We've been incredibly fortunate to have such great accommodations made available to us, but we've become increasingly challenged with space. And...
Tonight is our final weekly meetup of the year. We would love to see you one more time before we ring in the new year! You'll find us at our usual location of Espresso Vivace in South Lake Union. Feel free to drop by any time from 6pm to 8pm....