Natalie Bicknell

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Natalie Bicknell is Senior Reporter at The Urbanist. She is a writer and community college instructor who lives in the Central District with her husband and two dogs. In her research and writing, she is always on the lookout for better ways of creating sustainable, diverse, and vibrant cities. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.
Community engagement continues to inform design plans for new developments at 23rd and Union in the Central District Last summer more than 200 volunteers participated in a painting project that transformed the empty parking lots and shuttered buildings of Midtown Center into the Imagine...
With neighborhood crawls in Capitol Hill and Georgetown included in a packed schedule of events, the Seattle Design Festival is breaking out of the Downtown core. Today is the kickoff for Design in Public’s 2019 Seattle Design Festival (SDF). Now in its ninth year,...
Last October, the Board of Directors at The Urbanist announced its decision to join the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) Coalition. The decision was motivated by the desire to increase funding for transportation solutions that would accelerate progress toward achieving Seattle's Vision Zero safety goals and targeted...
Since its passage in 1971, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) has been a cornerstone of environmental protection in Washington State. However, in recent years SEPA has become more readily identified with obstruction than protection. SEPA appeals have been used to create decades long delays for projects...
"We're on the right side of history, the Green New Deal," sang the Seattle Raging Grannies during public comment at the beginning of yesterday's Sustainability and Transportation Committee meeting. The grannies, who sing songs for social change, brought a spark of optimism to the serious topic of...
Workie Wubushet, owner of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, knew her campaign to save the restaurant she'd owned for nearly 20 years was over when the sheriff posted the eviction notice on the restaurant's front door. Until that moment, there was still hope that the developers who had refused...
But questions remain about whether or not "Housing Seattle Now" is bold enough to tackle affordable housing woes. Yesterday at 12th Avenue Arts in Capitol Hill, Mayor Jenny Durkan unveiled what she called "the next chapter of housing in Seattle" to a...
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking community feedback through its SR-520 Online Open House. A series of community workshops will also run through Fall of 2019. As project crews prepare to break ground this summer on the Montlake Project elements of...