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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.
Over 40 individuals hope to win voter approval to sit on a new City Council in 2016. All nine City Council positions are up for election in the new district-based election. Seven positions will be elected at the district level with with the remaining two positions coming at-large citywide....
The Sound Transit Board is meeting this afternoon to make final decisions on the Lynnwood Link Light Rail extension. Renee Staton wrote a great case for why this alignment needs a NE 130 Street Station. But she's not the only one with Seattle Transit Blog, Seattle Subway, Seattle Light Rail Review Panel (LRRP),...
If you’re interested in the history of Ballard’s development, be sure to check out “Ballard: A Walk Through Time” this coming Saturday (March 14th). Caelen Ball, Neighborhood Advocate and contributor to The Urbanist, will be giving a tour starting at the bottom of Ballard Avenue guiding attendees from Ballard’s...
Last week, we mentioned that we're getting new digs at Espresso Vivace in South Lake Union. Tomorrow night will be our first evening meeting at the new location. Our goal in the move is to make it easier for people getting to and from the meetings and have just a...
We're happy to announce that we're making South Lake Union's Vivace our new home. We hope that the very central location will better serve our membership by giving us more room to grow. There's a lot to like about the coffeehouse: good WIFI, great coffee, beer on tap, and...
On January 8th, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the University District Urban Design Framework (UDUDF). Prior to this FEIS, the Department proceeded with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in June 2014 to gather feedback on the issues and proposals identified in the DEIS. During the...
A few weeks ago, we ran a guest article by Michael Maddux in support of Proposition 1--the measure to fully fund park maintenance and construction through the creation of the Seattle Metropolitan Park District. We stand by his article and strongly endorse a vote "FOR" the creation and funding...
As we wrote about last week, the Seattle Department of Planing and Development (DPD) is working on a comprehensive plan to realign zoning, transportation, open space, and other policy areas for future development within the University District. The University District Urban Design Framework (UDUDF) document presents three alternatives for accommodating...