Brandon Zuo

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Brandon Zuo is a high schooler and enjoys reading about urban planning and transportation. They enjoy exploring the city on the bus and on their bike. They believe that income and racial equality should be at the forefront of urban development. Brandon Zuo formerly wrote under the pseudonym Hyra Zhang.
Downtown Tacoma's stretch of Pacific Avenue hosts the Tacoma Link streetcar. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
You would have to be quite old to remember when it was cheaper to live in the city than the countryside. It’s been a long time since that second-floor bachelor pad in Chinatown was more bargain basement than that cottage up the hill, and by now we’d be hard...
I-405 northbound car traffic with bridges and skyscrapers in the background.
Cities across the country have poured billions and billions into ineffective road infrastructure projects that are leaving them deep in traffic and even deeper in debt. Here in Seattle, we’ve expanded so many roads thinking that traffic would gradually disappear after each ribbon-cutting (I’m looking at you, Mercer Mess),...
A rendering of the NE 85th Street interchange with lots of lanes and concrete.
The high-growth alternative, though focused on office towers, could also bring 9,000 homes to Kirkland's NE 85th Street station area. It’s almost hard to grasp that Sound Transit 3 (ST3) was passed over four years ago. Time flies ever faster, and with Covid still raging it seems our days are...
A new study shows a preservative in car tires is responsible for collapsing Coho salmon runs, adding new urgency to efforts to reduce the number of cars on the road. Faint glows dot the side of office towers as raindrops fall upon the ground below. After a long summer, it’s starting...
An underground light rail station with a train and passengers.
This article is the second in a two-part series about designing a new rail network for Seattle and its surrounding areas. You can read Part 1 here. We live in an interesting time. It’s been about eight months since Covid first landed on our shores and seven months since we...
Urban subways serving dense neighborhoods should be the future of Seattle transit Transit ridership has been falling for years now. Ever since peaking in 2014, more people than ever are turning their backs to transit and toward cars thanks to cheap gas and aging infrastructure. In cities like San Francisco,...
Aerial rendering of Bel-red neighborhood with TOD near Link stations.

A Better Bel-Red

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Bellevue should plan for high quality public spaces, walkability, and dense transit-oriented development--plus add an in-fill light rail station in Bel-Red. Walk down Bel-Red Road and you’ll probably find it a bit difficult to tell where exactly you are. Look around and you’ll find few things to guide you; the...
Pedestrians enjoy landscaping in this architect rendering.
Removing I-405's NE 8th Street cloverleaf interchange would free up space to extend the planned "Grand Connection" lid northward. A dozen cars idle before a stoplight; a dozen others rush through the intersection in front of them. The sidewalks are empty today like usual; cars are the only populace on...